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Alabama NewsCenter – Anglers break 11 size records for 9 fish in one year, Alabama Gulf Seafood announces

| January 16, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

By Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Anglers fishing in Alabama waters broke multiple state records for saltwater fish between October 2021 and October 2022 — some more than once, Alabama Gulf Seafood announced.

Eleven fish were entered into the state record books in that time frame, with two of these claiming the top title for only a few months. Both the sheepshead — a common catch among anglers in Alabama waters — and the elusive permit fish had records broken twice for the biggest fish of its kind caught to date.

For sheepshead, a fish weighing 14 pounds, 4 ounces caught by Wesley Olsen held the state record for only a matter of months before Kendale Jeans recorded one weighing 16 pounds, 6.6 ounces. Similarly, Annalise Wilson held the state record for permit, reeling in a fish weighing 6 pounds, 0.54 ounces, for only 10 months until Patrick Willis recorded a permit weighing 8 pounds, 2.4 ounces.

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