OCEAN CITY, Md. - On June 30th, Emma Zajdel, a 4', 65 lb. junior angler hauled in massive 5'5", 94.6 lb. cobia fish just east of Assateague Island.
"We thought it was a shark when the fin popped up," said Zajdel. "Once we got it closer to the boat and tied the tail, we got it on the boat and we finally figured out what it was."
Emma says she was accompanied by her father and their friends, Robert and Ashton Clarke. She says on the day they set out to catch some fish, she was expecting to come back to shore with the usual like dolphin, tuna or almost anything other than cobia.
According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, a cobia fishery is closed off within federal waters. But if it makes it's way into Maryland waters they're fair game.
Emma admits, she had some good help in winning the 20-minute battle with the cobia. We're told thanks to her fishing buddy Ashton Clarke, the lines were cleared so she could continue fighting her enormous foe.
"I was really happy and and when my dad said we might be a state record I flipped out." Said Clarke.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says the previous state record of a 79 lb. fish was set back in 2014. After it was confirmed on Monday, it now officially belongs to 9-year-old Emma Zajdel.
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