In a year when state-record fish — both saltwater and freshwater — have been rare, Harley Havard of Lucedale has been on a one-man spearfishing crusade to rewrite much of Mississippi’s saltwater all-tackle record book.
He’s got four this year.
Havard’s run started with a 4-pound, 7.36-ounce red hind, which was certified by the Commission on Marine Resources at its April meeting.
Then, at the May meeting, his name was back before the panel for:
- a 37-pound, 1.44-ounce African pompano;
- a 5-pound, 9.6-ounce ocean triggerfish;
- a 1-pound, 14.08-ounce Spanish hogfish.
His run was prolific but was not a solo act.
Also at the May meeting, the Commission certified another all-tackle record for a “monster” .78-ounce highfin goby caught by Abigail Daniels, 13, of Pass Christian. She caught the mighty fish with a cast net.