9-Year-Old Girl’s 94-Pound Fish Sets Maryland Record

From nearly calling it a day to reeling in the catch of a lifetime, one Maryland girl had quite an afternoon on the Eastern Shore.

9-Year-Old Girl’s 94-Pound Fish Sets Maryland Record

A 9-year-old girl from Maryland caught a record-breaking fish that is longer and weighs more than her.

Emma Zajdel and her father were ready to call it for the afternoon while fishing off Maryland’s Eastern Shore, CBS Baltimore reports, when they spotted the largest fish they’ve ever seen.

“We started getting a bite on ours so I got the belt on and Mr. Robert handed me the rod," Emma told CBS Boston.

Her father, Ed, told the news station they initially thought it was a brown shark. That changed, however, when the massive cobia got closer to the boat.

It took about 20 minutes for Emma to reel in the cobia, CBS Boston reports, but it was definitely worth the work. The 94.6-pound fish that stretches 66½ inches not only weighs 30 pounds more than Emma and is a foot longer, but the catch could win the International Game Fish Association Award for biggest fish caught by someone under 10.

Courtesy CBS

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