CMR certifies state record for Swordfish

17-38-MMS| June 20, 2017

BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources certified a new state record for Swordfish (Xiphias gladius) at its meeting Tuesday, June 20.


Scott Cothran of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., caught the 242-pound, 8.64-ounce fish during the recent Billfish Classic in Biloxi.


The previous record was 75 pounds and was set in August, 2007.


Photo courtesy MS Department of Marine Resources


Scott Cothran of South Carolina set a new state record for Swordfish


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