Mississippi Angler Catches New State and World Record Longnose Gar

On Saturday, September 10, Mississippi angler, Don Henson of Southaven, went fishing at the Sardis Lake spillway. Hoping to catch a monster catfish, Mr. Henson drifted a shad through the current. After fishing about 10 minutes, he noticed his float had disappeared, and he was fast into a large fish.

“I just knew I had the biggest catfish at the end of my line,” said Mr. Henson. “We fought and fought and after about 15 minutes I had the fish at the edge!”

Rather than a giant catfish, Mr. Henson found himself hooked to a huge longnose gar. A passerby suggested that the big fish was possibly a state record, and advised Mr. Henson to contact the MDWFP Fisheries Bureau. Mr. Henson’s fish was big, 48 lbs 1 oz big, and easily bested the standing state record of 40 lbs. A quick scan through the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum list of official world and USA state freshwater angling records showed that Mr. Henson’s fish also shattered the standing longnose gar “unlimited line class” record by a whopping 34 pounds!

Mr. Henson recently received his World Record Fish certificate from the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

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Story courtesy of The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

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2 Responses to “Mississippi Angler Catches New State and World Record Longnose Gar”

  1. Curtis Meloy

    It would be Interesting to know just how many entries you had for this contest. To my brothers and sisters that wear the badge stay safe guys.

  2. Jay Richman

    Wow! How long was it? I bow shot a 3 footer about 20 years ago after missing a 4 footer. Just curious.