OXFORD, MD – By a vote of 206 – 161 residents of Oxford have rejected a proposal to lease two acres of land at the end of Pier Street to the YMCA for a pool and satellite facility. In February the Town Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with plan.
OCEAN CITY, MD – Charles Donohue of Philadelphia caught a 23-pound tautog on January 11, setting a new State record. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed the catch, naming Donohue the new record holder, breaking the previous record of 20-pounds, 11-ounces set by Sam Beauchamp in 2007.
“The fish slammed the bait and the rod went straight down in a tough fight,” said Donohue. “I had no idea it was going to be such a big deal. Everyone on the boat was congratulating me and wanting a picture with me and the fish.”
Donohue caught his record 33-inch fish aboard Captain Monty Hawkins’ boat, Morning Star, over an artificial reef about 12 miles east of Ocean City. He was using a whole green crab as bait. Captain Hawkins said he felt the fish was a new record. The other anglers and crew agreed they should return to shore to get the fish weighed on a certified scale at AKE Marine. DNR biologist Steve Doctor met the crew at the dock to witness and certify the weight and species.