Gerlach hung out on the water for a few hours just 70 miles off Ocean City when he felt the blow that would change his life forever.
OCEAN CITY, Maryland – A Florida man now holds a record title for catching the largest Blue Marlin fish in Maryland history.
According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Billy Gerlach, 41, caught a 1,135-pound blue marlin during the 30th MidAtlantic Fishing Tournament in Ocean City on August 20.
Gerlach sailed in the water for a few hours just 70 miles off Ocean City when he felt the blow that would change his life forever. It took over three hours to bring back the huge fish using a Joe Yee Super Plunger, MDNR said.
“I’ve been waiting for this bite all my life,” Gerlach said.
The Blue Marlin has been officially certified by Tournament Weigher Francis Ingram at Sunset Marina. A biologist from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources confirmed the capture.
Gerlach will walk away with a hefty $ 505,344 for his big catch, according to the payout amount published by The MidAtlantic. Officials from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said in a statement that the Blue Marlin was donated to food banks in the area and parts of the fish were collected for scientific research.
Anglers who believe they have a record potential catch can download and complete the state registration request and dial 443-569-1381 or 410-260-8325. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recommends that fish be submerged in ice water to preserve weight until they can be verified, confirmed, and certified.
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