On Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, angler Don Henson of Southaven went fishing at the Sardis Lake spillway and came away with a record-setting catch. It was certainly one for the record books.
Hoping to catch a monster catfish, 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 Henson. "We fought and fought and after about 15 minutes I had the fish at the edge!"
Rather than a giant catfish, Henson found himself hooked to a huge long-nose gar.
A passerby suggested that the big fish was possibly a state record and advised Henson to contact the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
Henson's fish was big, 48-pounds, one-ounce big, and easily bested the standing state record of 40 pounds.
A quick scan through the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum list of official world and USA state fresh water angling records showed that Henson's fish also shattered the standing long-nose gar "unlimited line class" record by a whopping 34 pounds.
Henson recently received his World Record Fish certificate from the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.