MDMR certifies fish records for September

23-33-CWS | September 26, 2023

BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources certified three state all tackle fishing records for the month of September.


Using a spear, Bryan Ratliff of Biloxi set the record for Black Triggerfish (Melichthys niger) with a fish weighing 2 pounds, 9.136 ounces and Sean Cook of D’Iberville set the record for Atlantic Blue Tang (Acanthurus coeruleus) with a fish weighing 1 pound, 3.2 ounces. Using an electric reel, Wesley Butler of Laurel set the record for Yellowedge Grouper (Epinephelus flavolimbatus) with a fish weighing 41 pounds, 12.8 ounces.


Photos courtesy MS Department of Marine Resources


  1. Bryan Ratliff with Black Triggerfish
  2. Sean Cook with Atlantic Blue Tang
  3. Wesley Butler with Yellowedge Grouper

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