Stories that made us smile: July 2016

9-year-old girl sets Maryland fishing record
Posted at 12:21 PM, Dec 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-26 11:23:47-05

A little girl set a new state fishing record this summer for catching a very big fish. 

Emma Zajdel, 9, caught the 94.6-pound cobia just east of Assateague Island on June 30. The state Department of Natural Resources reported the catch in early July, and said the catch was likely to become a new International Game Fish Association Small Fry World Record for a fish caught by an angler under the age of 10. 

Emma told DNR that she thought she'd captured a shark at first. It took her 20 minutes to reel the cobia in, and her father and a friend of his helped to secure it into the fish box on their boat.

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The fish was 66.5 inches long. Emma stood at 52 inches when she captured it.

Many congratulations to her! 

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