Montgomery County angler catches trout in Maryland

Montgomery County angler catches trout in Maryland

Montgomery County angler catches trout in Maryland

A long-standing record was broken by fish caught in Antietam Creek, Devil’s Backbone

Image of a man holding a fish next to a stream

Photo courtesy of Jean-Philippe Lartigue, used with permission.

the Maryland Department of Natural Resources He meets Jean-Philippe Lartigue From Bethesda As a new state record holder for rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in the non-tidal division. Lartigue caught a 17.44-pound rainbow trout Feb. 10 in the section of Antietam Creek that runs through Devil’s Backbone County Park in Washington County.

Lartigue was fishing with a 12-foot long crappie rod, a spinning reel, eight-pound test monofilament line, a small split weight, and a No. 8 hook rigged with a natural worm bait when he caught the massive rainbow. trout.

Lartigue worked as a fisheries biologist advising governments in Africa before retiring and settling in Maryland, where he was an avid fisherman. Lartigue is a Frenchman originally from Morocco, where he learned from his father the European style of fishing for trout with natural bait using long rods. The long rod helps control the drift and presentation of natural baits in fast currents.

“I knew the fish was a pretty big trout, but I didn’t see how big it was at the beginning of the fight,” Lartigue said. “I finally saw the fish, and it had come a very long way to the other side of the creek and it was difficult to move it. I also had to get the fish away from some bridge supports, which could have easily cut the line. . . . and after a very long fight of 30 Minutes later, I was able to pull the fish out and hold it by the jaw with my fingers because I didn’t have a landing net large enough.

Lartigue then slid the fish onto a rocky bank, severing his finger in the process from the fish’s teeth.

The fish is 32 inches long. Its weight was determined on a certified scale at Ernst’s Country Market in Clear Spring. John Mullican, director of freshwater fisheries and hatcheries for the DNR, confirmed the species’ presence.

The catch breaks the previous record of 14.2 pounds set by Dave Schroer on October 21, 1987.

“We are very impressed with the weight of the fish, which beats the old record by more than 3 pounds, a record that many of us in the department believe will never be broken,” said Eric Zlokowitz, recreational fisheries outreach coordinator.

Emphasizes the management of natural resources State records Sport fish are divided into four divisions – Atlantic, Chesapeake, nontidal, and invasive. Hunters who believe they have a potential state record should download and complete a state record application and call 443-569-1398. The administration recommends immersing the fish in ice water to maintain its weight until an official can inspect, confirm and certify it.

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