State Saltwater Records: Rod and Reel

Updated December 2, 2014

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Species Weight Length Date WaterBody Angler Bait/Lure
Amberjack, Greater 121.00 64.90 Aug 20, 2005 Gulf of Mexico John Stout jig/cigar minnow 
Angelfish, Blue 2.90 14.75 Jun 13, 2007 Gulf of Mexico Beverly Stapleton squid 
Angelfish, French 8.70 18.50 Sep 11, 1994 Gulf of Mexico Dennis Daye  
Barbier, Red 1.81 16.50 Jul 8, 1986 Gulf of Mexico Ricky Preddy  
Barracuda, Great 52.81 63.43 Sep 4, 1993 Gulf of Mexico Kim Calzada  
Bass, Hybrid Striped 8.75 25.00 Apr 14, 1993 San Antonio Bay James Potts  
Bass, Longtail 4.30 22.50 Aug 2, 2008 Gulf of Mexico Mike Bednar mackerel 
Bass, Striped 28.00 33.50 Jan 26, 1991 Galveston Bay Calvin Hinderman Jr.  
Beardfish 8.90 25.00 Sep 17, 2009 Gulf of Mexico Steve Roberts cut bait 
Bigeye 48.50 41.00 Aug 15, 2014 Gulf of Mexico Tom Gouger III  
Bigeye, Short 1.00 11.00 Oct 16, 1991 Gulf of Mexico Luis A. Gomez  
Bluefish 16.62 36.63 Jan 11, 1987 Gulf of Mexico Alex Koumonduros  
Boarfish, Deepbody 0.63 7.91 Aug 14, 2009 Gulf of Mexico John Hanson squid 
Bonefish 3.75 23.25 Nov 19, 1977 Gulf of Mexico C. W. Morris  
Bonito, Atlantic 27.00 0.00 Jul 1, 1969 Gulf of Mexico Eddie Groth  
Bonnethead 24.30 50.12 Aug 18, 2004 Gulf of Mexico Pamela Joseph  
Bream, Sea 1.11 12.50 Nov 17, 1996 Galveston Bay John Edel ling 
Brotula, Bearded 17.01 37.00 Jul 13, 2012 Gulf of Mexico Richard C. Greer live bait 
Burrfish, Striped 1.62 12.00 Mar 11, 2014 Gulf of Mexico Trent Lake shrimp 
Carp, Grass 8.16 26.42 Nov 14, 1992 Galveston Bay Andrew Anthony  
Catfish, Blue 42.78 42.50 May 12, 2005 Sabine Lake Bobby Hutchinson cut mullet 
Catfish, Channel 1.90 16.50 Jul 17, 2007 Galveston Bay Ryan McKewen night crawler 
Catfish, Flathead 23.32 38.50 Sep 6, 2004 Sabine Lake Bobby Hutchinson live mullet 
Catfish, Gafftopsail 13.33 34.00 Dec 13, 1981 Gulf of Mexico Herman Koehne Jr  
Catfish, Hardhead 4.06 23.00 Jul 14, 2003 Corpus Christi Bay Federico Garcia sand trout 
Chub, Bermuda 8.97 23.50 Jun 20, 2007 Gulf of Mexico John Godfrey squid/mix 
Chub, Yellow 8.97 24.00 Jun 26, 1994 Gulf of Mexico Christopher McSwain  
Cobia 108.44 71.00 May 9, 1998 Gulf of Mexico Michael Albanese  
Coney 4.70 21.25 Aug 2, 2008 Gulf of Mexico Robert Fouse  
Conger, Yellow 21.00 71.00 Jun 17, 1996 Gulf of Mexico Bradley Poulsen  
Cottonwick 2.30 16.00 Mar 22, 1998 Gulf of Mexico Travis McNeil  
Creole-fish 1.56 14.00 Mar 21, 2004 Gulf of Mexico Robby Gillis  
Croaker, Atlantic 5.47 29.00 Apr 24, 2002 Gulf of Mexico Paul Straw squid 
Cubbyu 1.00 11.13 Apr 16, 1987 Gulf of Mexico Steve Qualia  
Cutlassfish, Atlantic 4.70 50.00 Mar 31, 2009 Corpus Christi Bay Travis Colley bass assasin 
Doctorfish 1.26 11.62 Apr 14, 1997 Gulf of Mexico Jerry McCullin  
Dogfish, Cuban 4.63 30.50 Aug 20, 2011 Gulf of Mexico Trevin Eckersley squid 
Dogfish, Smooth 26.50 50.88 Mar 2, 1998 Gulf of Mexico George Flores  
Dogfish, Spiny 21.00 50.75 Oct 26, 1986 Gulf of Mexico Vicki Kusey  
Dolphin 65.70 67.00 Jun 21, 2008 Gulf of Mexico Ryan Foster moldcraft/balyhoo 
Dolphin, Pompano 4.10 25.88 Aug 3, 1990 Gulf of Mexico Tommy Gueldner  
Driftfish, Black 25.37 35.37 Jul 10, 2010 Gulf of Mexico Darrell Bezecny squid 
Drum, Black 81.00 51.18 Jun 19, 1988 Gulf of Mexico Wally Escobar Jr.  
Drum, Freshwater 33.62 33.00 Feb 20, 1995 Sabine Lake Michael McKinney  
Drum, Red 59.50 54.25 Jan 30, 2000 Gulf of Mexico Artie Longron  
Durgon, Black 2.38 14.00 Jun 20, 1986 Gulf of Mexico Adolf Schulz  
Eel, Shrimp 11.13 24.50 Aug 3, 1990 Gulf of Mexico Megan Gower  
Eel, Snapper 16.80 67.00 Aug 28, 2004 Gulf of Mexico Taylor Walker dead mullet 
Escolar 33.90 47.50 Oct 9, 2010 Gulf of Mexico Justin Justice  
Escolar, Roudi 5.38 32.00 Jul 22, 2007 Gulf of Mexico Eric Ozolins squid 
Filefish, Scrawled 4.66 23.00 May 2, 2010 Gulf of Mexico Jason Harries squid 
Filefish, Unicorn 5.00 21.63 Sep 25, 1987 Gulf of Mexico Eugene Foreman Jr.  
Flounder, Ocellated 2.63 16.63 Dec 6, 2001 Galveston Bay Mark Bond mullet 
Flounder, Other 4.30 20.75 Aug 22, 2000 Lower Laguna Madre Skipper Ray Fly Rod,  
Flounder, Southern 13.00 28.00 Feb 18, 1976 Sabine Lake Herbert Endicott  
Flyingfishes, Margined 0.79 14.50 Jun 21, 1986 Gulf of Mexico Adolf Schulz  
Gag 69.40 51.00 Oct 5, 2003 Gulf of Mexico Tommy Angel Live Blue Runner 
Gar, Alligator 186.19 96.25 Oct 14, 1995 Galveston Bay Johnny Gilbert  
Graysby 2.31 14.75 Mar 2, 1998 Gulf of Mexico George Flores  
Grouper, Black 124.00 63.00 Jan 11, 2003 Gulf of Mexico Tim Oestreich II  
Grouper, Comb 6.60 26.00 Feb 1, 2014 Gulf of Mexico James A. Burton sardine 
Grouper, Goliath 551.00 0.00 Jun 29, 1937 Gulf of Mexico Gus Pangarakis  
Grouper, Marbled 37.60 39.00 Oct 22, 2012 Gulf of Mexico Shawn T. Ahl cut bait 
Grouper, Misty 5.69 22.00 Aug 28, 2009 Gulf of Mexico Mike Luchak jig 
Grouper, Snowy 49.81 43.25 Sep 10, 1993 Gulf of Mexico Steve Cole  
Grouper, Warsaw 302.70 75.00 Oct 18, 2006 Gulf of Mexico Raul Reyes  
Grouper, Yellowedge 34.25 41.88 Aug 7, 2010 Gulf of Mexico Elmer Lang III live bait 
Grouper, Yellowfin 40.75 38.50 Nov 15, 1995 Gulf of Mexico Karl Loessin  
Grouper, Yellowmouth 24.50 39.75 Mar 31, 2004 Gulf of Mexico Diane Howe squid 
Grunt, Barred 1.24 13.25 Jul 27, 2004 Gulf of Mexico Ronald Lovett  
Grunt, White 3.75 18.00 Jul 5, 1997 Gulf of Mexico Dan Schmidt  
Guaguanche 4.83 31.75 Nov 25, 1995 Gulf of Mexico Ewalt Schneider  
Guitarfish, Atlantic 4.44 31.50 May 25, 1998 Gulf of Mexico Byron Noles Jr.  
Hake, Carolina 1.60 16.00 Jan 31, 1996 Gulf of Mexico Tony Langston  
Hake, Gulf 6.70 28.50 Dec 4, 2010 Gulf of Mexico Michael Anzalone  
Hake, Spotted 1.68 18.00 Apr 26, 1996 Gulf of Mexico Leonard Maartens Jr.  
Hammerhead, Great 871.00 163.80 Jul 4, 1980 Gulf of Mexico Mark Johnson  
Hammerhead, Scalloped 253.00 115.00 Jun 5, 2004 Gulf of Mexico Davey Wright bonita 
Hammerhead, Smalleye 151.00 95.00 Oct 26, 1986 Gulf of Mexico Louis Kusey III  
Herring, Skipjack 3.34 26.50 Oct 11, 2001 Gulf of Mexico Frank Budd Fly Rod, clouser 
Hind, Red 8.96 24.25 Jul 22, 1987 Gulf of Mexico Adolf Schulz  
Hind, Rock 4.50 19.75 Jul 29, 2008 Gulf of Mexico Phillip Goza sardine 
Hind, Speckled 28.13 37.50 May 7, 2013 Gulf of Mexico Mike Rizzuto squid 
Hogfish, Spanish 2.25 15.88 Mar 25, 2000 Gulf of Mexico Casey Cundieff  
Hogfish, Spotfin 1.07 12.50 Jun 24, 1999 Gulf of Mexico Jim Vuichard  
Houndfish 4.50 37.40 Nov 15, 2013 Gulf of Mexico Gary Long Maguroni Lure 
Jack, Almaco 50.30 49.00 Jul 5, 1996 Gulf of Mexico Billy Winkler  
Jack, Black 21.57 32.00 Sep 21, 2004 Gulf of Mexico Roy Aimone mullet 
Jack, Cottonmouth 1.25 12.50 Jul 14, 1984 Gulf of Mexico Frank Fuller  
Jack, Crevalle 50.25 52.25 Jun 26, 1976 Gulf of Mexico Francis Lyon  
Jack, Horse-eye 32.00 43.13 Sep 8, 2012 Gulf of Mexico Terry Lee Ramsey blue runner 
Jack, Yellow 15.98 35.75 Jun 6, 2009 Gulf of Mexico Greg Cummings diamond jig 
Kingfish, Gulf 2.38 19.50 Mar 18, 1995 Gulf of Mexico James Mulhern  
Kingfish, Southern 3.62 22.00 Mar 7, 1992 Gulf of Mexico Gilbert Perez  
Ladyfish 5.70 28.75 Sep 5, 2008 Aransas Bay Sharon Podraza live shrimp 
Lizardfish, Inshore 1.85 20.00 Oct 20, 1991 Gulf of Mexico Winnie Poff  
Lizardfish, Largescale 1.31 16.00 Aug 7, 2009 Gulf of Mexico Richard La Bouliere squid 
Lookdown 4.20 21.00 Mar 31, 2012 Gulf of Mexico Fayez Nahhas  
Mackerel, King 79.00 58.50 Aug 20, 2006 Gulf of Mexico Mervin Leppo ribbon fish 
Mackerel, Snake 1.88 35.50 Jun 6, 2007 Gulf of Mexico Peter Letts chrome jig 
Mackerel, Spanish 8.74 34.50 Aug 15, 1976 Gulf of Mexico Bobby Tarter  
Mako, Longfin 664.00 128.50 May 4, 1986 Gulf of Mexico Donald Ewing  
Mako, Shortfin 707.50 128.00 Jan 27, 2002 Gulf of Mexico Jeff Shindle  
Margate, Black 12.80 27.00 Jun 24, 2000 Gulf of Mexico Charles Botello squid 
Marlin, Blue 972.70 132.25 Jul 11, 2014 Gulf of Mexico Richard Richardson Jr. live bait 
Marlin, White 111.50 93.00 Aug 5, 1979 Gulf of Mexico Geo Taggart  
Menhaden, Finescale 0.98 13.63 Jul 30, 2005 Sabine Lake Richard Constantine Jr. live mullet 
Midshipman, Atlantic 0.88 33.75 Dec 2, 1999 Upper Laguna Madre Thomas Sheehan Fly Rod, chartruese/white clse dp 
Mojarras 0.88 12.25 Aug 1, 1981 Lower Laguna Madre Natalie Woods  
Moray, Blackedged 3.10 39.00 May 30, 1999 Gulf of Mexico Ronnie Vaughn  
Moray, Blacktail 2.42 36.00 Mar 24, 1998 Gulf of Mexico George Flores  
Moray, Green 7.70 48.00 Aug 1, 1998 Gulf of Mexico George Flores  
Moray, Spotted 8.50 50.00 Mar 5, 1994 Gulf of Mexico Louis Kusey III  
Mullet, Striped 10.38 29.25 Mar 13, 2009 Upper Laguna Madre Scott Lindner bass assassin 
Needlefish, Atlantic 0.94 28.25 Jun 3, 2013 Lower Laguna Madre Angela Mathews live shrimp 
Needlefish, Flat 2.75 38.94 Jul 3, 1994 Gulf of Mexico Robin Dunn  
Oilfish 61.38 60.75 Mar 18, 1995 Gulf of Mexico Keith Johnson  
Palometa 1.50 15.81 Jun 12, 2006 Gulf of Mexico Henry Flores Jr. squid 
Perch, Sand 0.59 10.67 Dec 31, 1993 Gulf of Mexico Robert Lathrop  
Permit 1.50 14.75 Aug 30, 1993 Gulf of Mexico Jared Guinn  
Pigfish 1.04 12.50 Dec 18, 1998 Galveston Bay Scott Moss plastic clear shrimptail 
Pinfish 2.88 17.75 Jul 1, 2012 Gulf of Mexico Lucky Rabago  
Pompano, African 43.10 52.00 Feb 1, 2003 Gulf of Mexico Hank Cram  
Pompano, Florida 6.41 24.63 Jun 18, 2006 Lower Laguna Madre Juan Carrillo III live shrimp 
Pompano, Irish 1.00 12.88 Sep 6, 2004 Gulf of Mexico Johnny French Fishbites Fishn Strip 
Porgy, Jolthead 1.62 13.63 Aug 9, 2008 Gulf of Mexico Derek York squid 
Porgy, Knobbed 5.80 19.75 Feb 21, 2000 Gulf of Mexico Stanley Sweet  
Porgy, Red 8.18 25.23 Jul 4, 2009 Gulf of Mexico Johnny White cigar minnow 
Porgy, Whitebone 4.48 18.75 Mar 12, 1996 Gulf of Mexico Stan Oftelie  
Puddingwife 4.29 19.50 Sep 6, 1996 Gulf of Mexico Adolf Schulz  
Puffer, Smooth 10.75 30.00 Apr 8, 2001 Gulf of Mexico Daniel Nassiff  
Ray, Cownose 50.50 52.00 May 27, 1986 Gulf of Mexico Freeman Gage Jr.  
Ray, Lesser Electric 0.88 13.00 Oct 12, 1998 Gulf of Mexico Byron Noles Jr. cut mullet 
Ray, Smooth Butterfly 15.42 28.50 Jul 3, 2004 Lower Laguna Madre Tom Aubrey  
Ray, Spotted Eagle 273.50 82.00 Jun 2, 2012 Galveston Bay Jimmy Anderson cut bait 
Remora 3.70 27.50 Jul 23, 2012 Gulf of Mexico Fayez Nahhas  
Rosefish, Blackbelly 3.04 17.50 Jun 22, 2013 Gulf of Mexico Nicholas Pawlikowski cut bait 
Runner, Blue 9.57 28.38 Oct 3, 2001 Gulf of Mexico Patrick L. Lemire  
Runner, Rainbow 28.10 47.94 Apr 7, 2004 Gulf of Mexico Keith Banks  
Sailfish 95.00 97.50 Jul 12, 1972 Gulf of Mexico Morton Cohn  
Sawfish, Largetooth 736.00 0.00 Jan 1, 1939 Gulf of Mexico Gus Pangarakis  
Scamp 26.37 38.00 Aug 10, 2007 Gulf of Mexico Odis Graham Jr. blue runner 
Scorpionfish, Spinycheek 3.10 17.50 Jul 2, 2011 Gulf of Mexico John Shin  
Scorpionfish, Spotted 3.25 16.50 May 5, 2012 Gulf of Mexico Allen Lain Schulle cur bait 
Sea Bass, Rock 0.50 13.63 Apr 2, 2011 Gulf of Mexico Kenny Flake squid 
Searobin, Bighead 1.14 13.25 Aug 5, 1987 Corpus Christi Bay Wade Kilpatrick  
Searobin, Blackwing 0.58 10.75 Jan 16, 1995 Gulf of Mexico Robert Pope  
Seatrout, Sand 6.25 23.50 Feb 26, 1972 Galveston Bay Dennis Herrick  
Seatrout, Silver 6.91 24.00 Feb 28, 1992 Gulf of Mexico Gerry L. Tompkins  
Seatrout, Spotted 15.60 37.25 May 23, 2002 Lower Laguna Madre Carl Rowland Fly Rod,  
Shark, Atlantic Sharpnose 17.14 43.50 Apr 5, 2000 Gulf of Mexico Debra Windsor  
Shark, Bigeye Sixgill 8.36 40.00 Apr 17, 1996 Gulf of Mexico Christopher Gonzales Jr.  
Shark, Blacknose 45.00 57.00 Apr 29, 1993 Gulf of Mexico Charles Gillispie  
Shark, Blacktip 190.00 97.00 May 31, 2003 Gulf of Mexico Davey Wright whole bonita 
Shark, Bull 515.00 108.00 May 18, 2007 Aransas Bay Randall Rickerson mullet 
Shark, Dusky 530.00 129.00 Mar 1, 1975 Gulf of Mexico Raymond Hein  
Shark, Finetooth 100.50 80.25 Jun 3, 1979 Gulf of Mexico Richard Hensley  
Shark, Lemon 470.00 122.00 Aug 28, 1987 Gulf of Mexico Jim Blackburn  
Shark, Nurse 83.88 74.00 Sep 10, 1997 Gulf of Mexico Hans Hodell  
Shark, Oceanic Whitetip 200.00 95.75 Jul 25, 2014 Gulf of Mexico Blake Oestreich bonita 
Shark, Sandbar 226.00 92.00 Mar 21, 1975 Gulf of Mexico James Wilson  
Shark, Silky 556.00 140.00 Jul 23, 1973 Gulf of Mexico Wolfgang Bushang  
Shark, Spinner 212.60 89.75 Apr 29, 2000 Gulf of Mexico Howell Kines  
Shark, Thresher 333.00 158.50 May 2, 2002 Gulf of Mexico Robert Robinson bonita 
Shark, Tiger 1,129.00 162.00 May 24, 1992 Gulf of Mexico Chap Cain III  
Sharksucker 4.50 30.50 Aug 8, 2004 Gulf of Mexico Mariechen Spivey perch 
Sheepshead 15.25 26.50 Oct 17, 2002 Lower Laguna Madre Wayne Gilstrap live shrimp 
Sleeper, Bigmouth 1.88 16.75 Aug 18, 1996 Lower Laguna Madre Ben Cowan  
Snake Eel, King 52.00 86.50 Feb 11, 1997 Gulf of Mexico Patrick L. Lemire  
Snapper, Black 11.10 26.50 Jul 27, 1987 Gulf of Mexico Adolf Schulz  
Snapper, blackfin 9.00 23.75 Sep 3, 2006 Gulf of Mexico Dwayne Whitten  
Snapper, Cubera 131.00 56.00 Aug 8, 1983 Gulf of Mexico Ricky Preddy 15 mi north Port Mansfiel 
Snapper, Dog 14.40 26.00 Jul 17, 2004 Gulf of Mexico Alton Berg live pinfish 
Snapper, Gray 18.67 28.50 May 31, 1998 Gulf of Mexico Steve Pumilia  
Snapper, Lane 8.20 25.00 Aug 17, 2004 Gulf of Mexico Rickey Ramirez live pinfish 
Snapper, Mutton 18.00 32.00 Nov 9, 2004 Gulf of Mexico Roy O'Brian cut bait 
Snapper, Queen 12.00 34.75 Jun 4, 2013 Gulf of Mexico Robert Kirschner squid 
Snapper, Red 38.75 40.00 Jun 1, 2014 Gulf of Mexico Joseph L. Beaver squid 
Snapper, Silk 9.09 25.50 Sep 7, 2014 Gulf of Mexico Patrick Martin squid 
Snapper, Vermilion 5.70 25.00 Apr 24, 2011 Gulf of Mexico Kenneth Sims squid 
Snapper, Yellowtail 9.87 29.50 Oct 10, 1992 Gulf of Mexico Steve Kinzel  
Snook, common 57.50 0.00 Jan 1, 1937 Gulf of Mexico Louis Rawalt  
Spadefish, Atlantic 12.94 22.50 Aug 17, 2002 Gulf of Mexico Edgar Artecona  
Spearfish, Longbill 60.00 86.50 Aug 10, 1990 Gulf of Mexico Kari Ann Alberthal  
Spot 1.13 12.50 Nov 15, 2014 Upper Laguna Madre Casimir I. Vital Sr. white fish bite shrimp 
Squirrelfish 1.16 14.90 Mar 2, 2013 Gulf of Mexico Audie Wilburn squid 
Stargazer, Southern 3.30 15.75 Jan 29, 1993 Gulf of Mexico Julian Sanchez  
Stingray, Atlantic 10.75 41.50 Jul 3, 1994 Galveston Bay David Lee Anderson  
Stingray, Bluntnose 36.66 0.00 May 26, 2003 Galveston Bay Richard Olszak Jr. squid 
Stingray, Roughtail 241.00 84.00 Sep 2, 1991 Gulf of Mexico Rick A. Jansky  
Stingray, Southern 246.00 96.00 Jun 30, 1998 Galveston Bay Carissa Egger mullet 
Swordfish 493.00 145.75 Jun 4, 2013 Gulf of Mexico Brian K. Barclay squid 
Tarpon 210.70 91.00 Oct 4, 2006 Gulf of Mexico Jeremy Ebert menhaden 
Tiger, Sand 520.00 119.00 Apr 4, 1976 Gulf of Mexico Joey Vermuelem  
Tilefish 26.85 40.00 Jul 7, 2012 Gulf of Mexico Weston Threeton cut bait 
Tilefish, Blueline 8.63 27.50 Aug 19, 2011 Gulf of Mexico Trevin Eckersley squid tipped jig 
Tilefish, Goldface 4.50 21.25 Aug 6, 2010 Gulf of Mexico Bruce Slaven squid 
Tilefish, Sand 2.00 21.50 Jul 3, 2014 Gulf of Mexico Ronald Wright squid 
Toadfish, Gulf 3.00 15.88 Jun 17, 1989 Gulf of Mexico Gay Landry  
Toadfish, Leopard 3.13 16.31 Jul 16, 1991 Aransas Bay Tanya Page Fain  
Tomtate 2.03 15.75 Mar 3, 1990 Gulf of Mexico Donald McCarty  
Triggerfish, Gray 12.46 27.50 Jun 19, 1996 Gulf of Mexico Jason Waligura  
Triggerfish, Ocean 11.20 25.50 Jun 12, 2011 Gulf of Mexico Billy Sheridan  
Triggerfish, Queen 10.49 24.50 Jul 15, 1989 Gulf of Mexico Bruce F. Goates  
Tripletail 33.50 34.00 Jun 29, 1984 Matagorda Bay Edie Pruitt  
Trunkfish, Smooth 0.76 9.00 Mar 22, 1998 Gulf of Mexico Alan Miller squid 
Tuna, Blackfin 38.89 41.75 Jun 23, 1988 Gulf of Mexico John Alvarez Jr  
Tuna, Bluefin 808.00 103.00 May 4, 1985 Gulf of Mexico Trina Isaacs  
Tuna, Skipjack 28.25 33.88 Jun 20, 1981 Gulf of Mexico Jimmy Welder  
Tuna, Yellowfin 216.20 80.00 Oct 11, 1998 Gulf of Mexico Jim Dickson  
Tunny, Little 15.44 32.50 Jul 14, 2013 Gulf of Mexico Robert Wilson zukers 
Wahoo 124.00 73.50 Jul 5, 1987 Gulf of Mexico Terry Crider  

 


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