Potomac yields 2nd record tiger muskie W. Va. angler's 47-incher weighs over 29 pounds

March 09, 1997|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

For the second year in a row, the Potomac River has produced a record-setting tiger muskie, this time a 47-incher weighing more than 29 pounds.

Kevin Conner of Martinsburg, W. Va., caught the record-setter on Feb. 14 near Clear Spring while fishing a plastic worm and lead-headed jig.

John Mullican, a fisheries biologist with the Department of Natural Resources, verified the catch, listing it as 47 inches, 29 pounds, 4.75 ounces.

The previous mark was set last March by Richard "Yogi" Sword of Clear Spring, who caught a 46-incher weighing 27 pounds.

The statewide minimum for tiger muskie is 36 inches, and the creel limit is one per day.

All-Maryland Anglers

Three Maryland fishermen qualified for the All-Maryland Angler Award in the state Sportfishing Tournament last year by qualifying with at least five species of fish caught.

Ms. Alex Davies Bucher of Shadyside qualified with Spanish mackerel, white perch, striped bass, croaker and sea trout.

Roger Dize of Princess Anne registered yellow perch, striped bass, bluefish, shark and croaker.

Kenneth L. Heath of Elkton entered the tournament with carp, smallmouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, striped bass and channel catfish.

Overall, anglers registered 3,162 fish for citations or patch awards. In 1995, 2,675 entries were received, up from 1,659 in 1994.

SORC winners

John Kolius, head of the Waikiki Yacht Club's challenge for the America's Cup, sailed the One Design 48 Abracadabra to five victories in eight races for the best finish in the Southern Ocean Racing Conference regatta sailed off Miami Beach earlier this month.

Chris Larson, the J-24 champion from Annapolis, won the Mumm 36 class, sailing Jameson to three firsts, three seconds and a fourth. Jameson is being prepped for the Admiral's Cup competition this summer in England.

The week of racing included several collisions on the ocean course and a dismasting, with a consistent southeasterly averaging more than 20 knots. Racing was canceled one day when winds were more than 30 knots and seas exceeded 10 feet.

"It was literally a pain in the tail going upwind," said Kolius, "but there were great surfing conditions on the runs."

Other class winners included: Corel 45, Tom Stark, Riverside, Conn., Rush; IMS Class 1, John Risley, Nova Scotia, Numbers; IMS Class 2, Makota Uematsu, Japan, Esmerelda; PHRF Class 1, Michael Carroll, Tampa, Fla., New Wave; PHRF Class 2, Tom Neil, Berkeley, Ill., Pinball Wizard; Mumm 30, Braun/Shear, Marblehead, Mass., Thalia; PHRF Class 3, John and Tony Esposito, New Rochelle, N.Y., Hustler; Etchells 22, Jud Smith, Marblehead, Mass., Danger One; Melges 24, Brian Porter, Winnetka, Ill., Full Throttle; Hobie 33, Dave Hansen, Port Charlotte, Fla., Whiplash; Multihulls, Randy Smyth, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Yo!

Pub Date: 3/09/97

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