Teen-ager's 6-pound-plus catch is state record for brook trout

Potomac's North Branch site of big fish's netting

May 09, 1999|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Mike Fiorita, a 17-year-old from Falling Waters, W. Va., set a Maryland record for brook trout with a 6-pound, 1.75-ounce catch on the North Branch of the Potomac River last month.

The previous state mark of 4 pounds, 12 ounces was set by Rick Joyce at Western Run on May 30, 1985.

Fiorita's fish, taken from the put-and-take area at Barnum on April 10, was 22.5 inches long and 15 inches in circumference.

Fisheries service biologists believe the monster brook trout moved downstream to the Barnum area after beefing up outside the trout rearing pens below Jennings Randolph Dam.

"There are huge brown rainbow and cutthroat trout that feed outside of the net pens, and each reach some fairly amazing sizes and occasionally emigrate downstream as far as Blue Hole," said fisheries biologist Martin L. Gary, who has scuba-dived among the trout that gather outside the pens.

"While brooks are not that common near the pens, this one almost certainly beefed up in that area before moving downstream."

Fiorita checked his fish at Wolfe's On the Square in Williamsport.

Record release

On April 22, an angler who told fisheries biologists he wished to remain anonymous caught, measured and released a tiger muskie that would have set a state record. The tiger muskie, caught in Little Seneca Lake, weighed 32.5 pounds and was 58 inches long.

The current record for tiger muskellunge is 29 pounds, 4.15 ounces.

MSSA tournament

The Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association's big spring tournament will be held May 15-16, and anglers interested in late registration for the competition can do so at two captains' meetings this week.

The meetings will be held at the Boaters World stores in White Marsh on Wednesday and Annapolis on Thursday. Pre-registration will begin at 6: 30 p.m., and reading of the tournament rules will start at 7: 30.

The tournament is open to MSSA members, and the basic entry fee (excluding skill-level categories) is $150.

For more information, call 410-768-8666.

Pub Date: 5/09/99

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