Jill Zednick of Biloxi and Josh Delancey show off a BAA world record flounder weighing 6.44 pounds. (Submitted photo)
Jill Zednick with her BAA world record flounder certified at the DMR in Biloxi. The fish weighed 6.44 pounds. (Submitted photo)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
Jill Zednick, of Biloxi, is standing on top of the bowfishing world. It only took the marine fisheries biologist at the Mississippi Department of Resources four months to accomplish a feat some anglers spend years trying to achieve.
Zednick set a Bowfishing Association of America world record for flounder at 6.44 pounds on Aug. 7.
The feat, accomplished aboard a Back Bay bowfishing charter with Captain Josh Delancey, came while fishing in Jackson County.
“I started bowfishing this past April,” Zednick said. “I am new to the sport, and I already have a world record. Wow.”
The BAA is located in all 50 states and offers individual state records for bowfishing. The DMR is for hook and line only. Zednick used a converted compound bow to meet BAA sanctions for her world record.
“We went out around 8:45 that evening,” she said. “It had been raining, the tide was out and we had a blue moon. We were coasting along the estuary, and we had not seen any flounder. We had seen a few redfish but no flounder. Then, I saw something out of the corner of my eye that looked like a giant piece of carpet that may have washed up. I then saw two eyes and I shot it. I didn't realize how big it was until I picked it up and it was slapping me in the face.”
On the boat, the fish weighed 6.21 pounds and was 23.5 inches long. When the fish was weighed on a certified scale at the DMR, it weighed 6.44 pounds.
“The last bowfishing world record for flounder was set in 1999 out of Louisiana,” Zednick said. “Not only did I get a BAA world record, it's a new Mississippi state record by the BAA, too. When I got the flounder in the boat, I knew it was a new state record since the old record was 4.02 pounds. I had no idea it was a world record, and I just started bowfishing four months ago.”