CMR certifies six state records

20-53-CWS | July 28, 2020

BILOXI, Miss. – The state Commission on Marine Resources certified six state fishing records at this month’s meeting.


Samuel Grayson, 13, of Mobile, Ala., set the youth state record using conventional tackle for Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) with a fish weighing 5 pounds, 11.78 ounces. Rodie Armes, 10, of Pass Christian set the youth state record for Spot (Leiostomus xanthurus), with a fish weighing 4.16 ounces.


Sean Cook of D’iberville set two state records using a spear for Permit (Trachinotus falcatus) with a fish weighing 11 pounds, 0.76 ounces and Spanish Hogfish (Bodianus rufus) with a fish weighing 2 pounds, 10.72 ounces.


The new state record for Red Grouper (Epinephelus morio) was set by Tim Shivers of Ocean Springs with a fish weighing 22 pounds, 2.05 ounces. Donnie Armes of Pass Christian set a state record using conventional tackle for Spot (Leiostomus xanthurus) with a fish weighing 4.42 ounces.


“This month’s fish records span a variety of species, methods of take and ages of fishermen,” said Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Joe Spraggins. “Our agency enjoys seeing the variety of recreational fishermen enjoying our Mississippi waters. Congratulations to all of our new state record holders.”


Photo courtesy MS Department of Marine Resources

  1. Samuel Grayson with Spotted Seatrout
  2. Rodie Armes with Spot
  3. Sean Cook with Permit
  4. Sean Cook with Spanish Hogfish
  5. Tim Shivers with Red Grouper
  6. Donnie Armes with Spot

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at