Scott Cothran of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, now owns the Mississippi record for largest swordfish.
The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources certified Cothran’s catch during Tuesday’s meeting. On a 37-foot Freeman called Pay Dirt at last weekend’s Billfish Classic in Biloxi, Cothran reeled in the 242-pound, 8.64-ounce fish, shattering the previous verified record of 75 pounds, which was caught in August 2007.
According to a previous report, Cothran and Capt. Ryan Kelly earned a check for $51,075 for the catch. Now that the record has been certified by the DMR, Pay Dirt will reel in a bonus of $325,000 plus a Petro Nissan Titan truck.