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."