It’s official: David Floyd of Pascagoula owns the new state record for speckled trout with the 10-pound, 10-ounce fish caught April 8 in Bayou Cassotte.
The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources certified the record at its monthly meeting Tuesday (May 21) in Biloxi, giving Floyd his second state record. His 2-pound, 4-ounce permit is already in the book.
In an earlier story on ms-sportsman.com, Floyd recounted the record catch (Pending state-record speckled trout landed). He said the day was extremely slow in the Bayou Cassotte area at the mouth of the Pascagoula River. He and a partner were fishing live shrimp under a cork and between them had one small trout and a small redfish.
That changed at 10 a.m., when Floyd’s cork disappeared. He set the hook, felt good weight and knew he had something good.
“I knew it was a big fish; I just wasn’t sure what it was at first,” Floyd said.
He only learned for sure when his partner netted the fish and plopped it on the floor of the boat.
“We couldn’t believe what we were looking at,” Floyd said, adding it was obvious this fish was much bigger than the two 8-pound trout he had caught over the past two years.
Realizing the record-breaking potential, Floyd and his partner took the fish to the local Mississippi Department of Marine Resources office to get official measurements. The agency’s Wesley Devers took care of that, certifying the weight and marking its amazing length at 28.5 inches and its girth at 17.75 inches.
It beat the previous record — 10 pounds, 7.66 ounces — by just over 2 ounces. It was set May 13, 2008 by Eric T. Quave.
The amazing part of this story is that Floyd is basically a speckled trout neophyte.
“I got hooked on trout fishing about two years ago after a couple of trips with some buddies,” he said. “On one of my first trips, I caught a 7-pounder and my friends couldn’t believe it. “It’s kind of funny; I’m a commercial fisherman whose get-away is fishing.
“I love it; it’s so relaxing.”
The Commission also verified a new state record for Atlantic spadefish. Mark Alan Ross Jr. of Ocean Springs caught an 8-pound, 3.2-ounce fish on April 19. It beat the 10-year-old old mark of 8 pounds, 1 ounce caught in 2003 by Destin P. O'Brien.