* Current regulations require the immediate release of these fish and therefore are not eligible for state records. If you can get him away from the structure, you’ve got a good chance of catching him.”. The big fish measured 65 inches from the tip of its snout to the fork of its tail and sported a 40-inch girth. “I couldn’t have had a better angler,” Walker said of Andrews, who hails from Citronelle. The Alabama state record weighed 67 pounds, 15 ounces and was caught by Michael Kirchler in 2002. This facility provides you easy access to public information maintained by the Secretary of State's office in electronic format. "He made two or three long runs over about 30 minutes and there wasn't much we could do," he said. “If I catch a record fish, it’s going to be something smaller,” Kennedy said. Adults can weigh up to 200 pounds, but are most commonly found to be up to 40 pounds. His extreme bout of nerves abated when Goldman Sr., Bennie Goldman Jr. and Jeremy Goldman finally hoisted it over the gunwale. It took me a little while to recoup.”. Lapeyrouse said his biggest king before this one was a 45-pounder, and added that the difference in the fight was like night and day. Alabama State Records maintains information about publicly available records including criminal records, court records, and vital records, as well as over 45 million transparent public records. “I’ve got some more 12-hour trips coming up. 140-pound fish would claim top spot by exactly one pound if certified by LOWA. After only two years, the S.C. Saltwater State Record for a Greater Amberjack has been dismantled by angler John Beauford, of Awendaw SC. The 127-pound, 12-ounce amberjack that reigned atop the Alabama state records for 38 years was landed before Brian Andrews was born. Goldman said a 50-pound fish ate a trolled hardtail not long after they began fishing Some of my high school friends and my dad (the late Rod Kennedy) were out fishing. This section provides you easy access to public information contained in our databases. Alabama began keeping public records in 1908 and started creating records for its 67 counties then. It took at least 30 minutes to get him in. Don Adcock holds the 120.79-pound amberjack that he caught on Friday at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. Although a lot of anglers will use big jigs for amberjack, Capt. That was my big amberjack rig. I went inside for some AC (air conditioning) after that. Walker was busy squaring away the boat for the next trip when he heard something that got his attention. They were targeting natural bottom. "It's awesome," said Adcock, who has been fishing the rodeo for more than 20 years. Record amberjack highlights opening day of Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodoe G.M. We actually caught that big fish (the record) on the Edwards Liberty Ship. I’ll leave that up to Tyler and Ryan (Kennedy, his 20-year-old nephew).”. “Then I heard people hollering and raising Cain and wondered what was going on,” he said. “His head was huge. “The secret to catching a big AJ is having the right tackle. "When it came to the top, I thought 'grouper,' but then thought, 'It's awfully red,'" Swann said, describing the events of last Friday as he … Welcome to the Secretary of State's Government Records Inquiry System. Thursday, U.S. “It’s not going to be an amberjack or blue marlin. Joey Lapeyrouse holds the 64.5-pound king mackerel that he caught on Friday in the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. A thirty-minute fight with a monster cubera snapper off the coast of Alabama may result in a new state record. I'm very proud.". Thirty minutes later, LaDon Swann had hauled in an apparent Alabama state record: a massive cubera snapper weighing 94.2 pounds. I was just hoping we weren’t wasting time reeling up a big shark. The 37-year-old Andrews was no neophyte angler. “We had caught several fish over 100 pounds back then,” said Kennedy, who held the Alabama blue marlin record for 26 years before it was broken in 2013. “I had previously held the record at 102 pounds. The main thing the boat captain was worried about was the number of sharks that were hanging out in the same vicinity as the AJs. ALABAMA. The rodeo continues today and Sunday with the scales opening at 10 a.m. both days. He said, ‘Bobby, he looks like he’s 40 feet down, but I can tell you it’s an AJ, and he looks huge.’”. Amberjack Season is Open Again in Federal Waters as of Aug 1, 2014! Adcock's record-setting amberjack wasn't the only big fish to create a buzz at the rodeo site Friday. "Those big fish don't bite big mono leaders anymore.". Alabama has a rich history and diversity of freshwater and saltwater sport fishing opportunities within its extensive rivers systems, farm ponds and the inshore and offshore saltwater of the Gulf of Mexico., The Bass Angler's Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S. The latter bite was what Adcock said he felt shortly past noon on the first day of the 77th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Friday. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. With it safely in the fish box, the crew was able to concentrate on landing Lapeyrouse's fish. The 127-pound, 12-ounce amberjack that reigned atop the Alabama state records for 38 years was landed before Brian Andrews was born. When the fish was laid on the table before being weighed, and as the Reelentless crew gathered the appropriate rodeo tickets, official judge Bob Shipp turned to the assembled crowd inside the weigh station and said with an appreciative lilt to his voice, "That's a very huge fish.". Don Adcock said he was using heavy tackle designed to land such a fish -- Information is available from the Business Entities Division, Elections Division, Authentication Division and the UCC Division. You’ve got to go pretty heavy. Amberjack, LLC is an Alabama Domestic Limited-Liability Company filed on September 21, 2020. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) maintains state records for the heaviest marine fishes caught in Florida state waters or in federal waters extending directly outward of Florida state waters in conventional tackle and fly-fishing categories. He made at least three big runs. We caught amberjack, red snapper and one monster Black (mangrove) Snapper. “We had caught so many big bull sharks,” Walker said “I was hoping to goodness it wasn’t a shark. They close at 7 p.m. today and when the rodeo officially ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday. You talk about a guy working on a fish, he could do it.”. He said the trip on Summer Breeze II started out in rough seas but turned into a nice day for fishing. We fished South of Orange Beach some 30 miles. Patrick Bonin News Breaker, Offshore Fishing. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). He marks AJs on his bottom machine and tells his anglers how far to drop. Andrews was aboard Capt. I’m probably going to the amberjack hole. the new spot and, as is their practice, Lapeyrouse dropped a live hardtail behind the boat in hopes that another fish was trailing the one they had hooked. Fishermen … "Every time he'd shake his head I had visions of the hooks pulling loose.". To catch white trout, just head to any area with a hard substrate where the fish can hang out and ambush shrimp, small baitfish or a variety of marine invertebrates. Brian Andrews landed a 132-pound, 12.8-ounce amberjack on to earn his spot in Alabama's record books. When Andrews finally reeled the big fish to the surface, the deck hands gaffed the fish and struggled to get it into the boat. The daily bag limit is 1 per person, per day and must be a minimum of 34” to the fork. Welcome to the Secretary of State's Government Records section. Goldman's hesitancy to claim victory at such an early stage may be founded in history since the rodeo record is Bill Nunnery's 69-pound, 12-ounce behemoth landed in 1988. I didn’t think any more about it.”. After about 45 minutes, I was ready to catch another one. "We had never caught an amberjack off that rock in the two years we have fished it," David Adcock said. The company has 1 principal on record. “They had hauled the fish up on the scales. "I just had to let him go.". RED indicates new record! “Back then, that’s what we fished for. New Mississippi state record "We had been catching scamp and red snapper in 200 feet of water around the Horseshoe rigs when we decided to head toward the city rigs," Oubre said. Beauford, 67, caught the 123 pound, 69 inch (total length) jack Sept. 7, crushing the previous record by over 22 pounds. “This has started out like one of those years that’s down a little.”. 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Due to the maximum 23 inch size limit on Red Drum, a state record cannot be submitted. Posted by: Troy Frady on July 9, 2008. I told them I’d lay money that the fish was at least 100. Andrews said it was time for a break after the fish was finally on the deck and the deck hands were in charge. “I was trying to be positive, but several people were telling me it was a shark,” Andrews said. We won the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo on a regular basis with big amberjack. "The only reason we were fishing for them there was because of the big fish, that 111-pounder that was brought in to the rodeo last year. “I think that was the third one over 100 pounds. Adcock's catch was the heaviest amberjack in the history of the fishing tournament. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Shaw, Trevor A and is located at 383 Bent Tree Acres, Birmingham, AL 35242. State record denied for 1st ever bonefish weighed in. We thought it was another Amberjack. ... Triggerfish and amberjack seasons cut short by feds. In the Atlantic reef fish fishery, gear rules require dehooking tools, and as of Jan. 1, 2021, non-stainless steel hooks in all state waters, and non-offset circle hooks N. of 28 ° N. latitude. We got him to the boat in 15 to 20 minutes. Walker, who has been fishing the Gulf as a captain or deck hand for 50 years, went to a special amberjack (AJ) spot and his anglers started to hook nice fish. Reelentless skipper Bennie Goldman Sr. said his crew spent the night near where they intended to fish Friday morning and dropped lines in shortly after 5 a.m., but a line of storms ran them back toward the east. ANDREWS, Staff PhotographerDon Adcock holds the 120.79-pound amberjack … Fishermen and women broke 47 new state fishing records in Texas this year, according to TPWD. We just like to drop a big, live bait down and see what’s down there. The tactic worked, as Goldman said the big fish came out of nowhere and sucked in the hapless bait. New AJ Record in ‘Bama Alabama’s 38-year-old record for amberjack was broken earlier this month in the Gulf of Mexico. With the bigger fish peeling yards of line a second off the Shimano TLD reel, Goldman said he instructed that the 50-pounder be forced to the boat. Connecticut On July 5th, 2016, Joe Diorio woke up feeling a bit under the weather but decided to head out fishing anyway and see what might turn up. "I knew he wasn't jumping out of the boat," Lapeyrouse said. Obviously, when you spend as much time as Walker on the Gulf, plenty of big fish are going to hit the marina dock. Bobby Walker’s Summer Breeze II soon after the amberjack season in the Gulf of Mexico kicked back in on August 1 a few weeks ago. DAUPHIN ISLAND -- Don Adcock emphasized the difference between the bite of a smaller amberjack, which tends to chase the bait before eating, and the bite of a big fish by violently slamming his closed fist into his open palm. The 127-pound, 12-ounce amberjack that reigned atop the Alabama state records for 38 years was landed before Brian Andrews was born. Brian Andrews, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Once on the scale, the fish measured at 65 inches long and 40 inches in girth. Don Adcock holds the 120.79-pound amberjack that he caught on Friday at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. Return to record search | Submit your record!. Kevin knew it was a big one when it hit. You’ve got to have some pretty strong tackle to do that. He fished 55 of the 62-day snapper season for charter boats. He’s going to leave that up to his 28-year-old son, Tyler, who already owns three state records for other saltwater species. After catching a few beeliners on two-hook rigs, the anglers got down to serious business at the amberjack holes. Brian Andrews’ massive 132-pound, 12.8-ounce amberjack broke the old record of 127-12, caught in June of 1981. We had already caught two or three good jacks off that hole and broke off a couple. He had caught a 70-pound amberjack earlier in his fishing career, but this one was different. Brett Rutledge will soon be the bearer of a new Alabama state fishing record, after hauling in a gargantuan 84.9 pound Cubera Snapper off of Dauphin Island. All rights reserved (About Us). Walker said amberjack fishing has been a little slow so far, but he knows fishing success is cyclical. "Heck yeah," Lapeyrouse said when asked if the fish's size made him nervous. When an Amberjack is on your line, get ready for a fight! The state record is 6 pounds and 11 ounces, but that fish was caught offshore, where the big boys live. “I’ve caught plenty of big amberjacks during my day,” he said. Atlantic State Waters. Now that his last record is off the Alabama record books, he’s not worried about getting back on the list. First, you’ve got to get him away from the wreck or the rocks. They wound up fishing structure in 265 feet of water 55 miles due south of Dauphin Island. The boat came back in and docked at Zeke’s Marina. When Andrews hooked up, he wasn’t sure what was on the other end of the line. That's what we do. When I saw it, I said, ‘Whoa.’ Tom Ard looked at me and said, Bobby, you’ve got a state record.”. He said it’s easy to distinguish between the different snappers and the amberjack. Minimum Size Limit: 28” Fork Length Daily Bag Limit: 1 per person Season: Open year-round Special regulations apply for this species when fishing in Biscayne National Park.. You can’t catch one like that on light tackle. We fought them hard, and I had a good, strong back back then.”. World Record Blue Catfish The following list of state record fish is according to the Alabama Department of Natural Resources. a 5/0 Penn Reel loaded with 130-pound-test monofilament and stout boat rod -- but they had downsized the leader to 100-pound-test fluorocarbon. “Hardtails (blue runners) are probably the best bait,” he said. Adcock's brother, David, who has fished side by side with the new record holder for all of those years, said the AJ ate a 6-pound bonito fished 100 feet down in 300 feet of water. That is unless they have a fish such as Lapeyrouse's, which was so long it broke through the fish bag where it cooled on ice. State officials said the first ever bonefish weighed in Alabama was too young to qualify as a state record. “People like to catch amberjacks, but it’s nothing like the bookings we get for snapper,” he said. Joey Lapeyrouse and his team Reelentless, the members of which are all from Dauphin Island, brought a 64.5-pound, 66-inch king mackerel to the scales shortly after noon. Kevin and his family headed out today for 10 hours. In federal water, legal means for these species include spear guns. He had previously owned his own private Gulf boat and had some experience fishing offshore. Shipp's announcement of its weight sent an excited echo of the tally through assembled rodeo officials and spectators alike. LOUISIANA STATE FISH RECORDS Louisiana State Fish Records Official Copy Fresh/Saltwater And Rod & Reel/Fly Fishing Documented & Kept By The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) ALL RECORDS ARE CURRENT THROUGH THE CURRENT RECORD AWARDED December 6, 2020 All ounce weights are converted into hundredths of a pound (16oz = 1.00) for uniformity. Females grow larger in size and live longer than males. Greater amberjack can grow up to 6 feet long and live to be 17 years old. Junior anglers under 17 … It is common for Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack to weigh in at 20-50 lbs, but the current Alabama State Record for Amberjack is 127 lbs 12 ozs. Bobby Walker’s Summer Breeze II … I think I caught it on a small, live king mackerel, but I can’t remember 100%. “I couldn’t have drawn it up any better. Greater amberjack mature at about 3 to 4 years of age and spawn primarily from March to June on reefs and shipwrecks. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. Andrews was fishing on Capt. Note: For Gulf of Mexico records, eligible catches may be taken from both state and federal waters. Walker said amberjack are usually around some kind of structure – wrecks, petroleum rigs or big rocks on natural bottom – and can be anywhere from 50 feet to 300 feet down. Mangrove Snapper Almost Breaks Alabama State Record. “When that fish hit the deck, his mouth flopped open, and I said he looked like he could swallow a basketball,” Walker said. “Jigs used to work great, but AJs are just not as plentiful and are harder to catch. The company's filing status is listed as Exists and its File Number is 710-078. "We were fishing the same general area and bottom structure, but we never thought to try it out for big amberjack until that fish came in last year.". "I'm not holding my breath, but it's the biggest fish we've ever caught," he said. That in itself is a rarity, considering most teams competing in the ADSFR King Mackerel Jackpot open division, which doubles as an SKA qualifier, don't show up at the scales until after lunch on Sunday. When he makes a run, all you can do is hold the rod and watch him go. Please note game fishes in state waters may be taken only by pole and line. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Nearly 61/2 hours later, and just minutes before the scales closed, Adcock said he felt a new surge of emotion when his massive fish lit up the digital scales to 120.79 pounds, breaking the record of 118 pounds, 8 ounces that had stood for 28 previous rodeos. “We tell them we can also catch beeliners (vermilion snapper) and maybe a scamp or a grouper. I definitely was using a 6/0 reel with 100-pound test line and a Ross Hutchisson custom rod. "Anything can happen while they're in the water.". Adcock's catch was the heaviest amberjack in the history of the fishing tournament. The 2020 Greater Amberjack season for Gulf state and federal waters will open May 1st-31st and August 1st – October 31st, 2020. When he starts peeling drag, you just hold on. Shelby announces Senate passage of national security appropriations package with Alabama priorities. Government Records Inquiry System. Nunnery launched from Louisiana before weighing his fish in Alabama, invalidating his fish for state-record consideration. For more information on Saltwater records, go to Coastal Resources Division at 912-264-7218. “He was pulling like a shark, but you never know. By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources The 127-pound, 12-ounce amberjack that reigned atop the Alabama state records for 38 years was landed before Brian Andrews was born. Walker likes to use live bait for the big fish. Gator Country. Questions, answers and tips about fish and fishing in Alabama can be found in our Fishing Discussion Forums. “One year it’s great, and the next year you’re wondering where the AJs went,” he said. The old record of 127-12, caught in June of 1981 his own private Gulf boat and some! 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