A shocked fisherman caught a weird fish that had what looked like human teeth in its mouth. It was so big that it broke records.
Brian Summerlin, who was 38 years old, was fishing in Tangier Sound, off the coast of Maryland, when something big got his line.
The sheepshead is known for taking bait and being hard to catch. Its teeth look a lot like human teeth.
Brian said, “They’re amazing fish that have changed to eat what they eat. They can bite barnacles off any underwater object with their front teeth. They also have teeth on the top and bottom of their lips that resemble molars. These teeth help them crush crustaceans.
“The teeth look just like human teeth, so my daughter wants to keep them to give to the tooth fairy.”
Brian said, “Sheepshead are a tough fish to catch.”
“They want to go back to the bottom. Sometimes, you lose them because they want to go to a structure on the bottom where your line can be cut.”
“Luckily, my friend Kris told me to back off on the drag so the fish wouldn’t break the line.
“At times, it pulled about 25 pounds of drag under the boat, which was a little scary.”
Brian knew he had caught a record-breaking fish when he saw how big it was.
At a whopping 16.6 pounds, it broke the previous Maryland record of 14.1 pounds, set in August 2020. It also blew away the normal sheepshead weight of 3 to 4 pounds.
Strangely, it already had a hook in its mouth that Brian knew to be his own. He had lost it an hour earlier when a fish broke his line.
The fish was weighed on approved scales at Kool Ice and Seafood Company in Cambridge, Maryland.
Now, the state’s Department of Natural Resources has given the record its stamp of approval, making it the best in the Chesapeake Bay Division.
Brian from Princess Anne, Maryland, said, “I’m pretty excited about it.”
“I’ve always thought it was possible to beat the record.
“The fish was also good for my family to eat. Sheepshead is one fish my family likes to eat the most.
It comes after another fisherman from the Chesapeake Bay, Todd Elder, broke a world record in May by catching a sheepshead.
The International Underwater Spearfishing Association said Elder’s 17.4-pound sheepshead was a spearfishing record.