The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources certified five state fishing records this month.
Mason Watts, 12, of Long Beach set the youth record for red snapper (Litjanus campechanus) with a fish weighing 19 pounds, 1 ounce. Watts caught the fish using conventional tackle.
A state record using conventional tackle was set for Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) by David Rogers of Coden, Ala., with a shark weighing 377 pounds, 4 ounces. The previous record was 354 pounds, 4 ounces set in July 2017. A record using conventional tackle was also set for the Keeltail Pomfret (Taractes rubescens) by Jimmy Boleware of Gautier with a fish weighing 16 pounds, 8 ounces.
Doug Borries of Ocean Springs set two records by fly fishing. The first was for Shark Sucker (Echeneis naucrates) with a fish weighing 3 pounds, 4.8 ounces and the second was for Little Tunny (Euthynnus alletteratus) with a fish weighing 14 pounds, 2.4 ounces.