A man from Biloxi, Mississippi may have reeled in a world record lionfish catch off the coast of Dauphin Island.
While out fishing for amberjack, tuna, and wahoo, Jason Jones caught what could be a world record lionfish.
Jones was fishing about 55 miles south of Dauphin Island, when he reeled in the 11.2-ounce fish. The old world record lionfish was caught in 2013 off the coast of Port Canaveral, Florida.
Jones told reporters, “It was a normal trip my friends and I try to make about twice a month. We were fishing at the popular MP-265 rig. I didn’t have any idea it may be a record, but a buddy on the trip was a professional spear fisherman and he knew right away it had to be a record.”
Alex Fogg of Gulf Coast Research Lab verified the weight and length of the fish. Fogg told reporters, “Jason is in the process of completing world record paperwork. The record broken was for hook and line fishing only.”
Melissa Scallan, DMR spokeswoman, told reporters the possible world record lionfish and other invasive species are not currently recorded in state record books. The state record is pending approval by the DMR and is expected to be decided during a meeting on Feb. 24.