Though 99 percent of fishermen, even those die-hards who prowl the coastal waters off Mississippi, couldn’t identify either of the two fish, the Commission on Marine Resources gave them recognition we can all understand — state records.
On Tuesday, the Commission gave its OK on one conventional tackle record and to establish a new fly-fishing record.
John Cuevas of Pass Christian entered the record book by busting the old record by nearly 8 pounds for a black driftfish (Hypercoglyphe bythites) weighing 23 pounds, 3.84 ounces. The old mark was 15 pounds, 7.2 ounces set in 2007.
John Reed Guice of Biloxi has the first listing for almaco jack (Seriola rivoliana) for a 4.48-ounce entry. In the official record photo, Guice has his arms extended full length toward the camera to give the fish the appearance of a sizable catch. The fish gives Guice his third record on the fly-fish list, joining dolphin and Atlantic spadefish.
The Commission oversees the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, and any records verified by agency biologists must be approved by a vote of the Commission members. To view a list of all MDMR salt water records, visit http://www.dmr.ms.gov/index.php/marine-fisheries/finfish.