The Records and Awards for the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo,
held annually during the 4th of July events on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

 Fishing Rodeo - Records and Awards

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The Rodeo's Hall of Fame Records

Saltwater Division

SPECIES

LBS

OZS

 YEAR

NAME

CITY & STATE

Amberjack

99

8

2006

Donnie Simmons

Pass Christian, Mississippi

Barracuda

42

0

1988

Michael Broussard

Biloxi, Mississippi

Black Drum

60

13

2001

Dianna Fournier

Saucier, Mississippi

Blackfish

27

10

1974

Artie Scholtes

Pascagoula, Mississippi

Bluefish

13

6

1986

Bill Musa

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Blue Marlin

488

0

1983

Paul Kosbab

Slidell, Louisiana

Bonita

23

0

1950

C. J. Saucier

Biloxi, Mississippi

Dolphin

62

0

1981

D. L. Siegel

Unknown

Flounder

11

2

1986

Richard Armstrong

Gulfport, Mississippi

Gar

160

8

1975

Billy Wildberger

Mobile, Alabama

Grouper

165

1

1997

Wyatt Williams

Slidell Louisiana

Jack Crevalle

46

6

1998

Pat Griffin

New Orleans, Louisiana

King Mackerel

58

0

1986

Don Jackson

Metairie, Louisiana

Lemon Fish

89

0

1984

H. L. (Butch) McQueen

Biloxi, Mississippi

Redfish

43

0

1978

Wilford Seymour

Biloxi, Mississippi

Red Snapper

36

0

1983

Bobby Green

New Orleans, Louisiana

Sailfish

62

0

1963

Eddie Jones

Biloxi, Mississippi

Shark

885

0

1983

Bruce Bartling

Jackson, Mississippi

Spanish Mackerel

7

6

1972

Jim McGovern

New Orleans, Louisiana

Speckled Trout

10

6

1973

Francis Creel

Biloxi, Mississippi

Stingray

171

0

1994

Paul Morton

Mobile, Alabama

Tarpon

109

0

2002

Taylor Butterworth

Pass Christian, Mississippi

Tarpon

109

0

1972

Carl M. Frickter

Chalmette, Louisiana

Tuna

194

0

1969

Bill Good

New Orleans, Louisiana

Wahoo

102

0

1973

Billy Barrett

Pass Christian, Mississippi

White Marlin

74

0

1981

Chris Moran

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Freshwater Division

 SPECIES

LBS

 OZS

 YEAR

 NAME

CITY & STATE

Bluegill Perch

1

13

2004

Ryan Necaise

Saucier, Mississippi

Catfish

81

12

1966

Billy Barnett

Gulfport, Mississippi

Green Trout

11

13

1998

John Seymour

Gulfport, Mississippi

Shellcracker Perch

2

13.5

1987

Lucresia Meadows

Wiggins, Mississippi

Striped Bass

12

9

1991

Dempsey Hickman

Perkinston, Mississippi

White Perch

2

12

1980

Mike Mize

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

 

Mississippi State Records
From the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

Saltwater Conventional Tackle Records

SPECIES

WEIGHT

DATE

ANGLER

Amberjack, Greater

93 lb.

4oz.

11/22/89

Charles J. Floyd

Amberjack, Lesser

5 lb.

8 oz.

05/24/04

Jack Paul Edwards, IV

Barracuda, Great

48 lb. 

4.80 oz.

07/10/04

Justin Russell

Bigeye

2 lb.

1.12 oz.

08/28/04

Jeffrey Newbury

Bluefish

16 lb.

6 oz.

00/00/84

Joe Krebs

Bonefish

 

4 oz.

11/04/99

Scott Floyd

Brotula, Bearded

8 lb.

4 oz.

08/13/00

Dick Wilson

Burrfish, Striped

 

11.68 oz.

07/08/04

Jason Tilley

Catfish, Hardhead

2 lb.

10 oz.

05/18/03

Christal Williams

Catfish, Gafftopsail

9 lb.

9.92 oz. 

08/26/00

Shane Ardis

Chub, Yellow

9 lb.

10 oz.

07/30/92

Melvin Raymond Jr.

Cobia

106 lb.

13 oz.

05/02/96

Randy McDaniel

Croaker, Atlantic

4 lb. 

12 oz.

11/11/90

Tom Pellegrin

Cubbyu

 

9.44 oz.

06/05/04

Dick Wilson

Dolphin

62 lb.

 

1981/1985

D.L.. Siegel/Leo Muldoon

Drum , Black

70 lb.

5.00 oz.

03/12/05

Eddie Hansen

Drum, Red

44 lb. 

 

1970/1973

L.E.. Renike/J. Hughes

Eel, Conger

12 lb.

8.2 oz.

08/03/02

Stephen E. Wilson

Eel, King Snake

23 lb.

12.8 oz.

05/08/04

Billy Bell

Flounder, Southern

9 lb. 

15 oz.

08/16/86

Roger Sheldon

Gag

58 lb. 

4.8 oz.

08/21/01

Kenny Kuhn

Grouper, Black

11 lb. 

0.16 oz.

03/24/01

Michael L. Allen

Grouper, Red

5 lb. 

13.6 oz.

03/19/05

Jim Kasper

Grouper, Warsaw

250 lb.

 

07/17/04

Paul Gallop

Grouper, Yellowedge

1 lb. 

0.64 oz.

05/22/04

Stephen E. Wilson

Grouper (unclass.)

47 lb.

14.2 oz.

00/00/80

Dr. Kenneth Ramsey

Gulf Toadfish

2 lb.

 

02/18/02

Marty Wilson

Hind, Rock

3 lb.

2 oz.

08/04/02

Stephen E. Wilson

Jack, Almaco

16 lb.

11.2 oz.

08/02/03

Chris Mosley

Jack, Crevalle

48 lb.

0.5 oz

07/19/85

Brian D. Pelton

Jack, Horse-eye

22 lb.

15.52 oz.

06/11/04

Justin Russell

Kingfish, Gulf

1 lb.

13.76 oz.

06/13/04

Jonathan David Floyd

Kingfish, Southern

1 lb.

14 oz.

11/12/85

Scott A. Walter

Ladyfish

3 lb.

7.35 oz.

08/26/03

John Townsend

Little Tunny (Bonito)

29 lb.

8.8 oz.

04/15/94

Jean A. Thornton

Lookdown

1 lb.

13.60 oz.

08/28/04

Lorielyn Newbury

Mackerel, King

64 lb.

8 oz.

11/19/99

Dan Abshire Jr.

Mackerel, Spanish

8 lb.

 

00/00/84

Ron Dillistone

Marlin, Blue

1,054 lb.

9.6 oz.

06/07/02

Barry D. Carr

Marlin, White

80 lb.

3.2 oz.

09/15/00

Joseph Guidry

Moray, Blacktail

4 lb. 

13.92 oz.

08/02/03

Dick Wilson

Moray, Purplemouth

3 lb.

1 oz.

07/04/03

Dick Wilson

Moray, Reticulate

6 lb.

15.84 oz.

08/06/04

Stephen E. Wilson

Oilfish

50 lb.

0.32 oz.

03/24/02

Kenneth Saxman

Permit

 

5 oz.

09/26/04

Jonathan David Floyd

Pigfish

1 lb.

1.76 oz.

08/28/04

Lorielyn Newbury

Pinfish

3 lb.

5.6 oz.

09/04/92

William D. Fountain

Porgy, Longspined

 

9.92 oz. 

06/06/04

Stephen Wilson

Porgy, Red

2 lb.

1.28 oz.

05/02/03

Stephen Wilson

Porgy, Whitebone

2 lb. 

5 oz.

07/02/04

Jack Paul Edwards

Pompano, African

36 lb.

4 oz.

06/23/97

Lawrence F. Pichon

Pompano, Florida

4 lb. 

15.7 oz.

02/09/02

Jack Alexander

Puffer, Smooth

5 lb.

.04 oz.

05/06/00

Shawn Hyter

Runner, Blue

6 lb.

14 oz.

07/01/04

Rod Ladner

Runner, Rainbow

18 lb.

12 oz.

07/30/94

Paul A. Parnigoni

Sailfish

62 lb.

 

00/00/63

Eddie Jones

Scamp

24 lb.

0.48 oz.

05/25/01

Doug Nelson Jr.

Sea Bass, Rock

 

14.72 oz.

08/20/92

Robert Bell

Seatrout, Sand

6 lb.

4 oz.

00/00/77

Wayne Roch

Seatrout, Spotted

10 lb. 

6 oz.

00/00/73

Francis Creel

Scorpionfish, Spinycheek

2 lb.

15.84 oz.

05/02/03

Marty Wilson

Scorpionfish, Spotted

2 lb.

2.24 oz.

08/22/04

Dick E. Wilson

Shark, Great Hammerhead

436 lb.

14 oz.

07/05/02

Robert J. Garrett

Shark, Scalloped Hammerhead

268 lb.

 

08/08/98

Warren V. Jones

Shark, Sandbar

96 lb.

 

07/02/04

Brandon Hall

Shark, Spinner

159 lb.

4.80 oz.

06/04/04

Carlton Neal

Shark (unclass.)

885 lb.

 

00/00/83

Bruce Bartling

Sharksucker

2 lb.

15.20 oz.

10/03/04

Michael "Buck" Buchanan

Sheepshead

19 lb.

10 oz.

00/00/66

Roy Groue Jr.

Silver Perch

 

4 oz.

05/18/02

Samantha Goodfellow

Snapper, Dog

15 lb.

 

07/10/04

Chris Russell

Snapper, Gray

13 lb.

12 oz.

07/03/04

Tom O'Brien

Snapper, Lane

8 lb.

3.2 oz.

08/25/01

Stephen E. Wilson

Snapper, Red

37 lb.

11.2 oz.

08/24/95

John J. Bullock

Snapper, Vermillion

4 lb. 

11 oz.

08/25/01

Gary Heffner

Spadefish, Atlantic

8 lb.

1.0 oz.

05/15/03

Destin P. O'Brien

Tomtate

 

12.96 oz.

05/01/04

Stephen E. Wilson

Tarpon

167 lb.

 

05/19/01

Dr. Keith Goodfellow

Trigger, Gray

8 lb.

13.12 oz.

08/23/03

Josh Brown

Trigger, Ocean 

1 lb.

6.56 oz.

06/12/04

Stacy Scott

Tripletail

37 lb.

12 oz.

00/00/72

B. Gibson

Tuna, Blackfin

33 lb.

 

05/04/00

John Tillman

Tuna, Bluefin

837 lb.

1.6 oz.

06/11/99

Bob Struwe

Tuna, Skipjack

26 lb.

4 oz.

06/21/03

Thomas L. Reynolds, III

Tuna, Yellowfin

205 lb.

12.8 oz.

06/09/01

Robert Landingham

Wahoo

111 lb.

3.2 oz.

05/16/98

Jeffery A. Lee

 

Saltwater Fly Fishing Tackle Records

SPECIES

LBS

OZS

DATE

NAME

Amberjack, Greater

15

8.48

5/3/2003

Ivan Strayham

Bluefish

2

1.44

06/02/2002

Robert L. Brodie

Blue Runner

1

8.8

07/31/03

Dwayne Armes

Chub, Yellow

1

5.6

07/31/03

Dwayne Armes

Cobia

41

13.6

08/23/032

Thomas L. Herrington

Dolphin

3

11

7/4/2002

Ivan Strayham

Drum, Red

26

11.2

12/2/2002

Brent Guice

Flounder, Southern

2

7.5

10/25/2002

Richard Sheffield

Jack, Crevalle

27

14.08

5/25/2002

Thomas L. Herrington

Ladyfish

3

4.32

08/23/03

Thomas L. Herrington

Little Tunny (Bonito)

10

5

7/4/2002

Ivan Strayham

Mackerel, King

5

3.2

6/16/2002

Reed Guice

Mackerel, Spanish

3

11.2

6/16/2002

Reed Guice

Rainbow Runner

5

9.28

07/31/03

Dwayne Armes

Seatrout, Spotted

4

6.7

7/13/2002

James Eggum

Snapper, Gray

2

7.52

06/02/2002

Robert L. Brodie

Snapper, Red

5

.2

6/25/2002

Reed Guice

Spadefish, Atlantic

3

13.3

6/16/2002

Reed Guice

Tripletail

10

1.6

7/17/2003

Reed Guice

Tuna, Blackfin

9

14.4

8/12/2002

Nick Curcione

 

Mississippi Sportfishing Record Rules

 

To qualify for saltwater sportfishing record consideration anglers must complete an official application that may be obtained from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, and abide by the following rules:

1. Fish must be hooked, fought, and brought to net or gaff by the applicant with no help from any person,   except that another person may operate the net or gaff. Catches on handlines or other non-sporting equipment will not be considered.

2. (a) Conventional Records:  Fish must be legally caught in a sporting manner on rod, reel and line or pole and line, and hooked with any legal hook or lure.
2. (b) Fly Fishing Records:  Fish must be legally caught on a rod, reel, and line using conventional fly fishing tackle. The lure used must be a recognized type of artificial fly. Treble hooks are prohibited. The use of any other type of lure or natural bait, either singularly or attached to the fly is prohibited. The fly used must be submitted with the application.

3. Two (2) color photographs should be submitted with each application:
3. (a) One (1) of angler and fish.
3. (b) One (1) showing a clear, close-up side view of the fish.
Photos become the property of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

4. Fish MUST be weighed on certified scales or scales legal for trade, i.e. grocery store scales, etc. The weighing must take place in the presence of two (2) witnesses other than the applicant, who MUST sign the application form or a separate statement attesting that they witnessed the OFFICIAL weight. NO provision for weight loss will be allowed. The actual weight of the fish AT THE TIME OF WEIGHING will be the OFFICIAL WEIGHT. It is also desirable to include signature(s) on the application form of the witness(es), if any, to the actual catching of the fish. Witnesses to the weight and catch CANNOT be the same persons. Rodeo entries are considered valid and acceptable weights.

5. Length of the fish must be measured in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail AND from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail.

6. Girth of the fish will be measured around the thickest portion of the body.

7. Applications for saltwater species SHALL be positively identified AND verified by a Professional Fisheries Biologist and/or a Rodeo Weighmaster.

8. Only fish caught in Mississippi waters or fish caught in adjacent waters and landed in a Mississippi port will be considered.

9. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources reserves the right to further check fish identification or verification of witnesses and to refuse any application that is questionable. It will be considered “Just Cause” for disqualification of current application and any previous records established by anyone who knowingly falsifies a Record Application. All rules will be strictly adhered to. The decision of the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources will be final.

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
1141 Bayview Avenue, Suite 101
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530
(228) 374-5000
www.dmr.state.ms.us
MS DMR 09/16/03