As expected, two giant sharks caught by an Alabama angler during the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo in July were certified as new state records Tuesday by the Commission on Marine Resources.
David Rogers of Theodore, Ala., didn’t just break the two records, he shattered them.
His 203-pound bull shark caught July 1 broke a three-year-old record of 164 pounds, six ounces.
His 390-pound tiger shark caught the next day more than doubled the existing record of 173 pounds, 12 ounces set in 2010.
That’s over 255 pounds Rogers added to the record book, which is maintained by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. Both were caught by conventional methods.
A third record for conventional tackle for shark was confirmed. Mark Huffmaster of Sherwood, Ark., caught a 34-pound, 6.64-ounce finetooth shark on July 23. The previous record was 22 pounds, 9.66 ounces set six years and four days earlier — July 19, 2009.
The commission also certified a fly-fishing record. Pascagoula’s Scott Corlew caught a monster 24-pound, 7.01-ounce tripletail July 20 on fly tackle, destroying the previous record of 16 pounds, 11.84 ounces caught in August of 2009.