Press Release

Monday, January 23, 2017

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Southaven Angler Catches New State and World Record Longnose Gar


JACKSON - On Saturday, September 10, Mississippi angler, Don Henson of Southaven, went fishing at the Sardis Lake spillway. Hoping to catch a monster catfish, Mr. Henson drifted a shad through the current.  After fishing about 10 minutes, he noticed his float had disappeared and he was fast into a large fish.

"I just knew I had the biggest catfish at the end of my line," said Mr. Henson. "We fought and fought and after about 15 minutes I had the fish at the edge!"

Rather than a giant catfish, Mr. Henson found himself hooked to a huge longnose gar.  A passerby suggested that the big fish was possibly a state record, and advised Mr. Henson to contact the MDWFP Fisheries Bureau. Mr. Henson's fish was big, 48 lbs 1 oz big, and easily bested the standing state record of 40 lbs.  A quick scan through the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum list of official world and USA state fresh water angling records showed that Mr. Henson's fish also shattered the standing longnose gar "unlimited line class" record by a whopping 34 pounds!

Mr. Henson recently received his World Record Fish certificate from the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. 

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