Mississippi Saltwater Fishing Record Regulations
To be considered for a saltwater fishing record in Mississippi, anglers must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Obtain an official application from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) or the MDMR website.
- Complete the application fully and legibly.
- The applicant must hook, fight, and bring the fish to net or gaff without assistance, except for operating the net or gaff.
- Use of hand lines or unconventional gear types is not permitted.
- Conventional Records: Fish must be caught and landed humanely and legally using conventional fishing tackle.
- Fly Fishing Records: Fish must be caught in accordance with fly fishing customs and practices, using recognized artificial flies.
Documentation and Photography
- Submit two color photographs with each application: one of the angler and fish, and one showing a clear, close-up side view of the fish.
- Fish must be weighed on certified scales in the presence of two witnesses other than the applicant.
- Length and girth measurements must be recorded accurately.
- Applications must be positively identified and verified by a professional fisheries biologist.
- A valid Mississippi fishing license is required for all record applications.
- The MDMR reserves the right to verify fish identification, witness statements, and refuse questionable applications.
- Falsifying a record application will result in disqualification and potential revocation of previous records.
- The MDMR has a youth division for state fishing records, with weight criteria set at 50 percent of the current state record weight.
Classification and Recognition
- Mississippi Saltwater Fishing Records are classified as all-tackle records, without separate line classes.
- For potential world records, refer to the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) website for rules and submission protocols.