Maryland has a new category for record fish reeled in off its shores — Gray Triggerfish. Baltimore fisherman Wayne Gower caught a five-pound, two-ounce triggerfish the end of October near Ocean City.

Record gray triggerfish caught off Ocean City

Wayne Gower with his record five-pound, two-ounce gray triggerfish

“When I reeled in the fish I could see it was huge compared to the one- to two-pound triggers I’ve caught before,” says Wayne.

He was bottom-fishing along with 20 other passengers aboard a 65-foot charter boat.

“We were catching mostly sea bass and some bluefish in around 110-feet of water about 20 miles southeast of the Ocean City Inlet,” says charter Captain Chris Mizurak. “Lately, we have caught some triggerfish in the two- to three-pound range. This one was the biggest I’ve seen.”

Charter Captain Chris Mizurak with Gower (right)

Capt. Mizurak called a DNR Fisheries biologist Steve Doctor to inform him they had a large triggerfish to weigh. He confirmed the species, and then headed to Sunset Marina where the weigh master certified its weight. DNR fisheries biologists agreed that a gray triggerfish of this size in Maryland is rare and deserving of a record.

The New Jersey record is five pounds, 11 ounces. Delaware’s record is six pounds, five ounces. The world record is a 16 pound, nine-ounce beast from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

DNR maintains state records for sport fish in three divisions ─ Atlantic, Chesapeake and freshwater ─ and awards plaques to anglers who achieve new record catches.


Here’s what gray triggerfish look like in the water: