St. Martin Man Catches World Record Lionfish

A new twist on the old "fish was this big" story, a local St. Martin man leaves for a fishing trip and comes home with a world record lionfish.

This one pound, 11.2 ounce lionfish was caught just over 50 miles south of Dauphin Island and would beat the current world record by over an ounce. Jason Jones from St. Martin caught the record fish during his usual bi-monthly fishing trip with friends. Jones says that he knew it was a special day from the way the fish were biting, but had no idea just how memorable of a trip it would be.

Jones says, "At first, he wasn’t moving. He looked like some wadded up sea grass on my hook. I pulled it up, his tail flipped, and I started hollering because it was so pretty. Mark came over and let me know it was a big one for the species it was. It sure is pretty. I’m going to get it mounted too."

Jones is still in the process of completing the world record paperwork for lionfish caught on hook and reel only.

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