MDMR certifies seven state records

21-26-CWS | June 25, 2021

BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources certified seven state fishing records this month.


Youth records using conventional tackle were set by Blake Bosarge, 12, of Gautier for Gag (Mycteroperca microlepis) with a fish weighing 45 pounds, 1.6 ounces, and Samuel Wright, 7, of Cullman, Ala., for Gafftopsail Catfish (Bagre marinus), with a fish weighing 5 pounds, 12.8 ounces.


Donnie Jackson, Jr., of Metairie, La., set the state record for Swordfish (Xiphias gladius) using conventional tackle with a fish weighing 309 pounds, 14.4 ounces. The previous record was 242 pounds, 8.64 ounces set in 2017.


Also using conventional tackle, state records were set for Gulf Flounder (Paralichthys albigutta) by Donald Bosarge II, of Gautier with a fish weighing 1 pound, 11.52 ounces, and Gag (Mycteroperca microlepis) by Travis Gessley of Forest Hill, Md., with a fish weighing 67 pounds, 6.4 ounces.


Saltwater fish records set using a spear in the all tackle category are Dyllan Camplejohn, of Ocean Springs, for Almaco Jack (Seriola rivoliana) with a fish weighing 36 pounds, 3.2 ounces, and Stanford Georgen of Florence for Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans) with a fish weighing 2 pounds, 5.4 ounces.


Photo courtesy MS Department of Marine Resources

  1. Blake Bosarge with Gag (youth)
  2. Samuel Wright with Gaftopsail Catfish (youth)
  3. Donnie Jackson, Jr. with Swordfish
  4. Donald Bosarge II with Gulf Flounder
  5. Travis Gessley with Gag
  6. Dyllan Camplejohn with Almaco Jack
  7. Stanford Georgen with Red Lionfish

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