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State agency certifies youth, adult state fishing records

Brett Rutledge takes home the prize

Brett Rutledge of Alabama picked up his $20,000 check for bring in a state record bull shark during the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo on July 3, 2017.
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Brett Rutledge of Alabama picked up his $20,000 check for bring in a state record bull shark during the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo on July 3, 2017.

Two new state records have been set in saltwater fishing.

The Commission on Marine Resources certified the records this week during its monthly meeting.

Reagan McGarvey, 9, of Flower Mound, Texas, established the youth record for Gulf Kingfish with a fish weighing 1 pound, 8.72 ounces. The adult record was set in 2014 by Riley Saucier with a catch of 2 pounds.

CMR recently established youth state records, so there was no previous record for the Gulf Kingfish in the youth division.

C. Brennan Sanders of Diamondhead set a new record for inshore lizardfish with a catch weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces, using conventional tackle.

The old record was held by Aaron Gautier of Pascagoula, with a 4.42-ounce lizardfish certified in December 2016.

Kate Magandy: 228-869-2344 or @kmagandy
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