MDMR certifies four state records

20-69-CWS | September 24, 2020

BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources certified four state fishing records this month following the September meeting of the Mississippi Advisory Commission on Marine Resources.


Chad Patti of Milton, Fla., set the new state record for Ocean Triggerfish (Canthidermis sufflamen) using a spear with a fish weighing 6 pounds, 15.84 ounces. Heath Powell of Vancleave set the state record for Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans), also using a spear, with a fish weighing 1 pound, 15.04 ounces. The state record for Silver Perch (Bairdiella chrysoura) was set by Donald L. Bosarge II of Gautier with a fish weighing 5.12 ounces.


Charlie Russell, 9, of Pascagoula set the youth state record for Tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis) using conventional tackle with a fish weighing 19 pounds, 8 ounces.


“Many new fish records have been set this summer and our agency enjoys seeing the various species being caught in our waters,” said Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Joe Spraggins. “Congratulations to all our state record holders for a job well done.”


Photos courtesy MS Department of Marine Resources

  1. Chad Patti with Ocean Triggerfish
  2. Heath Powell with Red Lionfish
  3. Donald L. Bosarge II with Silver Perch
  4. Charlie Russell with Tripletail

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