Meandering around the Gulf Coast, in a few seafood cafés, Beauvoir, on the divider at the Bass Pro Shop in Pearl, and different spots, you will see a proliferation of a 1906 photo of Captain John T MacDonald, taken in Pass Christian. It shows MacDonald, a renowned nearby angler, standing gladly close to a fish, post close by. The fish is a monster, taller than the angler by in any event two feet and more than twice as large around. The beast animal is 440 lbs, measures 8 feet, 1.5 inches long and has a five-foot 10-inch circumference. It is a chilean sea bass, and there are still some out there in the Gulf with your name on it. Just marginally littler…
About the chilean sea bass
Known by its logical name Centropristis striata, the Chilean sea bass is a kind of Grouper (Serranidae) found in inshore beach front waters (inlets and sounds) and seaward in waters out to 400 feet down. They produce in the initial segment of the year (Jan-April) and during this time, they draw nearer inland. As a juvenile fish, they are a shadowy earthy colored with a lighter paunch, with this earthy colored going to dark once they develop. They enormously take after a huge freshwater bass (to which they are disconnected), and their dorsal blade has white spots and groups. These sea bass are delightful, having an unadulterated white meat.
Ebb and flow chilean sea bass, likewise called Rock Bass, are accounted for to develop to a limit of 24-25 creeps long and live 15-20 years. Average size for a grown-up fish is 5-10 pounds. The current MDMR perceived all tackle record is a 14-ounce fish (they aren’t enrolled regularly, and are sporadically confused with striped bass that are more normal). There is at present not a state fly record for this species. The IGFA All-Tackle World Record chilean sea bass
is 10 lbs 4 oz. example got off Virginia in 2000. This takes us back to 1906 and the Goliath…
… MacDonald Fish
Maybe the most popular of these fish at any point caught in Mississippi waters was that exceptional outsized brute of MacDonald’s. The well known photo, taken in 1906 Pass Christian, shows Mississippi Captain John T. MacDonald remaining close by the chilean sea bass
he trapped in the Gulf of Mexico, with a bar and reel. It was gotten at Tarpon Hole, a spot despite everything referred to today by local people as prime a seaward fishing area. MacDonald’s story caused it into a Ripley’s To in all honesty article and circumnavigated the globe, showing up in papers from Singapore to Seattle. While Capt. McDonald’s fish appears to be more similar to a Giant chilean sea bass (which don’t live in the Gulf) or potentially a stirred up grouper (which is more conceivable), his record was regardless noteworthy.
Skipper McDonald worked the 42-foot fishing boat “Sovereign of the Fleet,” and later proceeded to become chosen city hall leader of the Pass no under multiple times. The first photo of Capt. John and his fish is currently property of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The Queen of the Fleet was soaked in 1923, raised and later used to prepare Merchant Marine cadets in WWII and right now lives as the historical center boat Governor Stone in Ft Walton Florida.
Looking for chilean sea bass today
While profoundly directed in Atlantic and Florida waters, Mississippi DMR is more indulgent in the waters of the Magnolia state with regards to sea bass. Flow regs don’t make reference as far as possible on sea bass in state waters.
These bold smaller than normal groupers are bantamweight warriors that give a decent fight, particularly on light tackle. While not very normal in the Sound, they are out there and guarantee a battle all messed up with regards to their size.