PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - There is another pending International Gamefish Association world record caught off the South Mississippi coast.
Doug Borries of Ocean Springs was recently certified by the IGFA for a 26 pound, nine ounce red snapper he caught on a fly rod. It was caught around the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico late last year and officially became a world record earlier this year.
On June 19, Sydney Guice, 9, of Mandeville, LA, caught a pending girls small fry 17 pound, 24 ounce tripletail world record while fishing with captain Sonny Schindler of Shore Thing Charters in Bay St. Louis.
The small fry division for both boys and girls is age 10 and under.
"Sydney's dad is Nathan Guice, a Coast native," Schindler said. "She caught the pending world record on a big live shrimp. The fish came up to the shrimp and sucked it up and came right in. I've seen five pound tripletail fight longer and harder, but this one came to the boat in two minutes. She was a trooper."
The old record is just over 15 pounds, meaning Guice's fish will break the previous mark by nearly two pounds. The pending record was caught after a morning of fishing for speckled trout near the Louisiana Marsh.
"I've been on the boat when state records were broken, but never a world record," Schindler said. "It was Sydney's day, and she loved the fact that she caught a pending small fry world record. While hunting trout, we were crossing over open water in Chandeleur Sound when we spotted the fish. I have no clue how we did not chop that monster up in the propeller. As luck would have it, we quickly spun the boat around and just sat still for a few minutes. Just as we put the boat in gear, the fish was on the surface swimming away from us. A big shrimp placed in its path was all it took for Sydney to be on the receiving end of a pending IGA small fry world record. She does it all from casting the reel, to baiting the hook and picking the fish up. She deserves the pending small fry world record."
The fish was weighed on a certified scale at a commercial dock at Bayou Caddy in Bay St. Louis.