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Swordfish record broken twice at Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Land a record swordfish and win $300,000

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic in Biloxi offers a $300,000 prize for anyone who catches a record swordfish. Video by Mary Perez/Sun Herald meperez@sunherald.com
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The Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic in Biloxi offers a $300,000 prize for anyone who catches a record swordfish. Video by Mary Perez/Sun Herald meperez@sunherald.com

The swordfish record was broken twice in a hour span Friday at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic at the Golden Nugget.

Team Peacekeeper aboard the boat Big Daddy was the first fish weighed, catching a 120.3-pound swordfish.

An hour later, Donnie Jackson and his crew aboard the Sea Cruiser, shattered that mark with a 219-pound swordfish.

If the catch stands and later certified by the DMR, it will be a new Mississippi record. The former record was 75 pounds, caught by Lorenzo Owen in 2007.

“The conditions were beautiful,” said B.J. Crookshaft of the Team Peacekeeper. “It was amazing out there. Swordfish are the toughest fish to catch.”

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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