Four Mississippi Anglers Make the State Record Books with Unique Catches

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Four Mississippi anglers have had their unique record catches approved by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) in varying categories. Each of these fish (and the angler’s story) is remarkable.

In the recently-created youth fishing record division, Rodie Armes, 11, set the top bar with a 2-pound, 11.04-ounce ladyfish. The hard-fighting and high-leaping species is a common inshore catch and its prized by light-tackle anglers. The all-tackle Mississippi state record for the species is 3-pounds, 7.35 ounces, caught by John Townsend in August 2003. The IGFA all-tackle ladyfish record weighs an incredible 8-pounds, caught in Brazil in 2006 by Ian-Arthur de Sulocki.

Next up is Mississippi’s Blake Bosarge, 13, who set the youth record for scamp (grouper) with a big (and delicious) fish weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces. Mississippi’s state scamp record is 24.48-pounds, caught in May, 2001 by Doug Nelson Jr. The IGFA all-tackle record scamp is a…

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