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Muskie Record: Expectant Mom Breaks State Mark

Muskie Record: Expectant Mom Breaks State Mark
Tessa Cosens Hauls in 32.5-Pound Fish. Photo Courtesy of MD Dept. of Natural Resources

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources confirmed a Washington County woman has set a new muskellunge (muskie) nontidal state fishing record.

Muskie Record Tessa Cosens Tessa Cosens Hauls in 32.5-Pound Fish.
Photo Courtesy of MD Dept. of Natural Resources

Tessa Cosens, 26, caught a muskie recorded at 32.5 pounds May 6 along the banks of the upper Potomac River in Washington County.

The record fish was 49 inches long with a 24-inch girth.


A relative newcomer to muskie fishing, Cosens — who is several months pregnant and had been feeling under the weather — was fishing along the riverbank using a 7-foot muskie rod and double-spinner. She snagged her record catch after a 15-minute struggle.

"All the guys around me stopped fishing and looked at me," Cosens said. "There is no other fish that fights like a muskie."




Muskie's are one of the largest freshwater fish in the state. Cosens' catch broke the previous Maryland record of 31.75 pounds, set by Kenneth Files in 2011.

To help determine the age of the fish, Cosens is donating a sample of the muskie's scales and cleithrum — a large bone above the gills — to the department for further analysis.

Muskie Record 32.5-Pound Fish
Photo Courtesy of MD Dept. of Natural Resources


The department maintains state records for sport fish in four divisions — Atlantic, Chesapeake, Nontidal and Invasive — and awards plaques to anglers who achieve record catches. Fish caught from privately-owned, fee-fishing waters are not eligible for record consideration.

Anglers reporting a potential record catch should call 443-569-1381 or 410-260-8325. The fish should be immersed in ice water to preserve its weight until it can be checked, confirmed and certified by the department.

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