Mississippi may have a new saltwater record for longevity, as in the shortest time that a state record fish was indeed a record fish.
On Monday (Aug. 19) the Commission on Marine Resources certified three new state saltwater records, including a 14-pound, 7-ounce gray (or mangrove) snapper caught by Wil Brown of Gautier.
That broke the record that had stood for — now let’s see if we can remember— oh, yeah, for one month, since the last Commission meeting in July to be exact. That’s when the commissioners certified a 13-pound, 15-ounce gray snapper caught by Mark Alan Ros of Ocean Springs.
Brown caught his fish on June 28.
Ros caught his June 12.
Mississippi is enjoying a good season on gray snapper, which the charter and sport fishing industries badly need. With limits (2 per day) and season (28 days) so tight on red snapper, the grays have found a niche.
The other two records certified on Monday include:
* Joey Davis of Ocean Springs, 17-pound, 8-ounce bearded brotula, caught June 17.
* Donald Bosarge of Gautier, 15-pound, 5-ounce horse-eye jack, caught July 20.