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Monster Spanish Mackerel Caught

 
Kevin Bantista landed this potential Maryland state record Spanish Mackerel measuring 33 inches and weighing 10 lbs., 8 ounces off Point Lookout on September 22, 2007
Kevin Bantista went trolling Saturday afternoon off Point Lookout looking for bluefish and Spanish mackerel. 

A huge Spanish took his Clark Spoon that he was trolling at a fast clip and he managed to get it into the boat fairly quickly.  Back at the dock the fish weighed close to 12 pounds on his scale, and he knew it was a potential record.

Bantista brought the fish to The Tackle Box Sunday afternoon where it weighed 10 pounds and 8 ounces on their unofficial scale.  The Spanish mackerel was 33 inches long.

The Tackle Box recommended Bantista take the big fish to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to verify the big fish.  The current record for Spanish Mackerel is held by George Hemelt who caught 10 pound 1 ounce fish  at Buoy 86 on 10-02-2002.

Spanish Mackerel are prevalent throughout the bay and into the mouth of the rivers.  There are huge schools of bait everywhere and the Spanish have come in off the Atlantic for the feast.  The tiny bait fish they are chasing are mimicked best by Clark and Drone Spoons that are trolled very fast.  Planers are used to present the spoons.  The Sea Striker number ones and twos are the most popular.
 
Bluefish are after the same bait and are very plentiful.  The blues range from small snappers to choppers up to 8 lbs.  The blues are everywhere.
 
Rockfish are plentiful for live-liners and trollers all up and down the bay.  Trollers are finding some rock up the Potomac and Patuxent on the ledges and in the shallows.
 
Spot are feeding up in preparation for the fall migration to the ocean.  The hot location for spot is the mouth of the Patuxent where giant spot are taking bloodworms 24 hours a day.  There are still hardhead here too.  The bay shore has plenty of spot, blues. and croaker.  Surfcasters at Point Lookout State Park are having a ball.
 
The croaker are still on the middle grounds for night fishermen.
 
Flounder have been taken all week in the Ship's Channel from above buoy 76 to Hooper's Island Light.  Flounder are in Cornfield Harbor and in the Mud Leads.

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