Mississippi’s Commission on Marine Resources certified four new state saltwater fishing records on Tuesday, and don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of at least three of the species.
The one fish you will probably recognize, as well as the angler who caught it, is the 14.9-ounce croaker. Doug Borries, who owns several state fly-fishing records, is the first angler to register this species on a fly.
And, then there’s these:
* Speckled hind — Timothy Striegel of Jackson busted the previous record of 1 pound, 9.3 ounces caught earlier this year with a 5-pound, 8.8-ounce hind.
* Blunt-nose jack — David Floyd of Pascagoula established this record with the first one ever reported in Mississippi, a 10.2-ounce fish.
* Unicorn filefish — From the saved-the-best-for-last file, Jimmy Taylor of Biloxi registered the first of this species with a 1-pound, 2-ounce fish.
Mississippi’s young hunting season has seen its first closure. The special 15-day season on resident Canada geese closed on Monday (Sept. 15).
More changes are coming, too. The North and South Zone dove seasons will end on Sunday (Sept. 21), but both will reopen in two weekends on Oct. 4.
The statewide youth-only squirrel season will open on Sept. 24 and run through Sept. 30, and then the regular statewide squirrel season will open to all hunters on Oct. 1.
Mississippi’s early teal season, which opened on Saturday, will continue through Sept. 28.
The seasons on rails and gallinules, which also opened on Saturday, will continue through Nov. 21.