Lucedale man spears 4 records

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.

This 37-pound, 1.44-ounce African pompano is the largest of four Mississippi all-tackle saltwater records set this year by Harley Havard of Lucedale.

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.

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Bobby Cleveland has covered sports in Mississippi for over 40 years. A native of Hattiesburg and graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Cleveland lives on Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson with his wife Pam.

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