MDMR certifies three state records

22-26-CWS | June 27, 2022

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


John Wright of Madison, Miss., set the record using conventional tackle for Blackbelly Rosefish (Helicolenus dactylopterus) with a fish weighing 2 pounds, 11.2 ounces.


Harley Havard of Lucedale set the all tackle record for Bigeye (Priacanthus arenatus) with a fish weighing 2 pounds, 11.52 ounces. Brandon Powell of Vancleave also set an all tackle record for Unicorn Filefish (Aluterus monoceros) with a fish weighing 5 pounds, 9.8 ounces


Photos courtesy MS Department of Marine Resources

  1. John Wright with Blackbelly Rosefish
  2. Harley Havard with Bigeye
  3. Brandon Powell with Unicorn Filefish

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