Four new fishing records have just been certified in Mississippi. Two of those records were broken by children. According to a statement made by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR), youth records were set by Rodie Armes, 11, and Blake Bosarge, 13, and state records were set by Dustin Conway and Jordan Matthews.
Rodie Armes caught a Ladyfish that weighed two pounds and 11.04 ounces. He used a conventional tackle to get the fish. Blake Bosarge caught a Scamp that weighed 20 pounds and 12 ounces. He also used a conventional tackle. The state records set are as follows: Dustin Conway caught a Golden Tilefish that weighed 20 pounds and 11.68 ounces. Jordan Matthews’ state record was for an Inshore Lizardfish that weighed 9.1 ounces.
2021 Has Been a Busy Year for Breaking Fishing Records
These four fish caught in Mississippi are just a drop in the bucket of fishing records broken this year.
For example, a decades-old fishing record was broken not too long ago in Minnesota. Nolan Sprengeler caught a giant muskie back in November. It took until mid-December for the state to measure and declare the new record. Sprengeler caught a 55-pound muskie in Millie Lacs Lake. The Department of Natural Resources stated that the record had been set in 1964. A bunch of other records have also been set this year.
Fly Fishing Helps Connect Men Battling Cancer
Fishing connects people in many ways, whether it be through breaking records or simply fishing for the fun of it. 14 men battling cancer have been meeting up in rural Virginia to fish for trout together. The men have been brought together by an organization called Reel Recovery. They offer free fishing trips for those that are currently battling cancer. Reel Recovery has hosted over 300 trips so far.
The Reel Recovery website talks about how a group of friends connected by fly fishing together. “Witnessing first-hand the beneficial impact fly-fishing provided their friend, they created Reel Recovery to provide the same opportunity for other men battling the disease. Combining expert fly-fishing instruction with directed “courageous conversations”, the organization provides men with all forms of cancer a unique opportunity to share their stories, learn a new skill, form lasting friendships and gain renewed hope as they confront the challenges of cancer,” the website states.
Other companies do the same thing for different parts of the country. Idaho2Fly does the same thing. They also sponsor fishing trips. Of course, fishing is just something used to break up what everyday life becomes. It allows men to get together in beautiful places. Above all, they get to relax and focus on fishing. It helps men learn how to support each other during hard times.