This Lionfish Was Caught Years Ago But It’s Still a World Record Contender

An angler from Biloxi, Mississippi reeled in a world record lionfish off the coast of Dauphin Island. Jason Jones was out fishing for amberjack, tuna, and wahoo, and caught what could still be a world record lionfish.

Jones was fishing about 55 miles south of Dauphin Island when he landed the 11.2-ounce fish. A world record Lionfish was caught off the coast of Port Canaveral, Florida in 2013. Jones told reporters, β€œIt was a normal trip my friends and I try to make about twice a month. We were fishing at the popular MP-265 rig. I didn’t have any idea it may be a record, but a buddy on the trip was a professional spear fisherman and he knew right away it had to be a record.”

Image via Sportsman

Gulf Coast Research Lab worker Alex Fogg, who verified the weight and length of the fish told reporters, β€œJason is in the process of completing world record paperwork. The record broken was for hook and line fishing only.”

Source: Sportsman

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