PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The third largest cobia - on record - to be weighed during a competitive fishing event in Mississippi hit the scales last week in Pascagoula.
The Gulf Coast Cobia Classic, a month long tournament, saw a 101.5-pound cobia hit the scales Wednesday that was caught by Brandon Bosarge of Pascagoula.
The fish, which was 65-inches long, was examined by Dr. Jim Franks of the Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs. Even though the fish was caught in Louisiana waters, it was weighed in Mississippi. Under tournament rules, anglers are not limited to fishing Mississippi waters only.
The current state record is 106-pounds, 13-ounces and caught by Randy McDaniel of Biloxi during the 1996 Gorenflo's Cobia Tournament in Biloxi. The second fish to be weighed in Mississippi topping 100-pounds was caught by Dennis Meins, also during Gorenflo's Tournament.
That means Bosarge's fish is the first 100-pound cobia to be weighed in at a Mississippi tournament in 18-years.
"It was the third largest cobia we have weighed in Mississippi that we know of," Franks said. "I am guessing the fish is at least nine years old. We will determine just how old it is when we examine the ear bones. The oldest one we have seen was 11 years old and the includes one of the hundred-pound fish that was caught 18 years ago at the Gorenflo's [Cobia] Tournament.
"I have been there for all three of the hundred-pound fish and it's a sight. The other two were caught off Chandeleur Island this was caught on the other side the Mississippi River in Louisiana. A magnificent fish to say the least."
Fishing with Bosarge on the Unreel Team was Carl Miller, Dustin Matthews and Shane Bennett. The fish was caught in 60-feet of water using a custom made green jig.
"We were jigging [oil] rigs," Bosarge said. "This fish hit the jig and we never saw it. When it hit, I knew we had a big fish, but I didn't think it was that big. I thought it might weigh 90-pounds until we got him in the boat.
"Dr. Franks said we probably had a state record, but the fish threw up in the water at the boat. Also, we caught it at 10 am on Tuesday and fished the rest of the day. We then fished all day Wednesday before weighing it in at 7:30 pm on Wednesday in Pascagoula. No doubt it lost weight over that period of time. But to have the first 100-pound cobia to be weighed in Mississippi in the last 18 years is good, too."