June was an excellent month for fishing along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, as evidenced by five new state records certified recently by the Commission on Marine Resources.
Four of the new records were for conventional tackle and one for fly fishing gear.
The most popular sports fishing species among the bunch was gray snapper, more commonly known as mangrove snapper. Mark Alan Ros of Ocean Springs now sets the standard with a 13-pound, 15-ounce whopper boated June 12.
It was one of three records broken in a five-day span.
The run started with a 3-pound lookdown caught by Tommy O’Brien of Pascagoula, caught June 11.
After Ros posted his record snapper the next day, Jack Paul Edwards of Moss Point caught a 29-pound, 11-ounce skipjack tuna on June 16.
The month’s first record was a 9-pound, 8-ounce spadefish caught by Cecily O’Brien of Pascagoula on June 3.
The final record was Doug Borries’ 4-pound, 10-ounce gaftopsail catfish caught on a fly on June 25.