Texas Game Fish Records

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The following tables show the All Ages records for both Freshwater and Saltwater species of fish caught on a rod and reel.

Texas also historically has maintained other divisions of records, including for junior anglers, other fishing methods (such as bow fishing), catch and release, and so on.

However, the state currently is transitioning toward having an All-Tackle records designation that would replace a current category that takes into account other fishing methods.

Freshwater Fishing Records

All Ages/Rod & Reel

The following table is for game fish caught in the freshwater lakes, reservoirs and rivers in Texas.

Where the body of water is a link, we have additional information on this website about that specific fishing location or that type of fishing in Texas, so check those to learn more about catching these types of fish.

The state also maintains records for specific water bodies.

Bass, Alabama
5.98 lbs.
Alan HenryTimothy J. Helmstetler
Jan 9, 2016
Bass, Guadalupe
3.71 lbs.
Colorado RiverBryan Townsend
Feb 1, 2014
Bass, Guadalupe X Smallmouth
4.69 lbs.
San Marcos RiverLance Wester
Apr 27, 1999
Bass, Guadalupe x Spotted
3.06 lbs.
Lady Bird LakeRobbie Burrow
Feb 17, 2007
Bass, Hybrid Striped
19.66 lbs.
Ray HubbardJohn Haney
Jun 20, 1984
Bass, Largemouth
18.18 lbs.
Lake ForkBarry StClair
Jan 24, 1992
Bass, Largemouth bass x Smallmouth bass
11.07 lbs.
O. H. IvieBrady Stanford
Feb 22, 2022
Bass, Largemouth x Spotted
4.69 lbs.
Houston CountyDavid Daniel
Mar 14, 2021
Bass, Rock
1.13 lbs.
San Marcos RiverAndrew H. Bland
Mar 5, 2013
Bass, Smallmouth
7.93 lbs.
MeredithTimothy Teague
Mar 13, 1998
Bass, Smallmouth bass x Spotted bass
6.42 lbs.
Ray RobertsCasey Bowsher
Mar 2, 2019
Bass, Spotted
5.56 lbs.
Lake O’ the PinesTurner Keith
Mar 13, 1966
Bass, Striped
53.00 lbs.
Brazos RiverRon Venerable
May 27, 1999
Bass, White
5.56 lbs.
Colorado RiverDavid Cordill
Mar 31, 1977
Bass, White x Yellow
4.75 lbs.
Lake ForkCurtis Campbell
Mar 12, 2005
Bass, Yellow
3.46 lbs.
Sabine RiverButch Koehler
Mar 12, 2009
Bowfin
17.65 lbs.
Lake ForkBrenda Walsh
Feb 21, 1993
Buffalo, Bigmouth
58.75 lbs.
Sam RayburnAllen Chesney
Jan 29, 1994
Buffalo, Black
34.88 lbs.
Lake TexomaRicky Stephenson
May 19, 2004
Buffalo, Smallmouth
82.22 lbs.
AthensRandy Collins
Jun 13, 1993
Bullhead, Black
5.15 lbs.
Brazos RiverLarry Feland
Mar 18, 2007
Bullhead, Yellow
3.20 lbs.
Lake ForkHerschell Spears
Mar 22, 1997
Carp, Bighead
90.00 lbs.
KirbyTimothy Conner
Jul 22, 2000
Carp, Common
44.25 lbs.
Lady Bird LakeKevin Olivier
Mar 28, 2021
Carp, Grass
53.50 lbs.
Toledo BendTontie Pennock
Aug 2, 2006
Carpsucker, River
5.10 lbs.
Denton CreekJohn Paul Hays
Jun 20, 2021
Catfish, Blue
121.50 lbs.
Lake TexomaCody Mullennix
Jan 16, 2004
Catfish, Channel
36.50 lbs.
Pedernales RiverMrs. Joe Cockrell
Mar 7, 1965
Catfish, Flathead
98.50 lbs.
Lake PalestineJames Laster
Dec 2, 1998
Catfish, Redtail
1.48 lbs.
Cal Young Park LakeDouglas Powell Sr
Jul 27, 2002
Catfish, Suckermouth
3.45 lbs.
Guadalupe RiverAndrew Cumberland
Jul 12, 2011
Cichlid, Rio Grande
2.02 lbs.
DunlapChuck Dewey
Sep 2, 2011
Corvina, Orangemouth
16.31 lbs.
CalaverasEarl L. Tenpenny
Nov 16, 1991
Crappie, Black
3.92 lbs.
Lake ForkGeorge Ward
Apr 27, 2003
Crappie, White
4.56 lbs.
Navarro MillsG. G. Wooderson
Feb 14, 1968
Drum, Black
36.63 lbs.
Nueces RiverFilip Spencer
Nov 17, 2009
Drum, Freshwater
44.00 lbs.
ConroeJesse Ashley
May 22, 2011
Drum, Red
36.83 lbs.
FairfieldBilly Tyus
May 22, 2001
Eel, American
6.45 lbs.
Lady Bird LakeBryan Swofford
Sep 5, 2001
Flounder, Southern
11.35 lbs.
Brazoria ReservoirGlenn Comiskey
Oct 16, 1987
Gar, Alligator
279.00 lbs.
Rio GrandeBill Valverde
Jan 1, 1951
Gar, Hybrid
70.22 lbs.
Trinity RiverShelton Shoemake
Jun 27, 2018
Gar, Longnose
30.30 lbs.
Clear Fork Brazos RiverAmanda Martin
Jun 22, 2021
Gar, Shortnose
13.56 lbs.
LavonJack Moldenhauer
Aug 4, 2010
Gar, Spotted
7.66 lbs.
Junemann BayouColton Carner
Apr 25, 2017
Goldeye
2.31 lbs.
Lake TexomaMandy Richmond
May 28, 1996
Goldfish
8.80 lbs.
Richland College Upper (Dallas)Finley Miller
Oct 9, 2020
Herring, Skipjack
0.55 lbs.
Trinity RiverDanny Eddins
Jul 23, 2010
Mullet, Striped
2.20 lbs.
Brazos RiverKim Hunter
Apr 20, 2008
Mullet, White
1.16 lbs.
Brays BayouMark Marmon
Jul 11, 1998
Oscar
1.21 lbs.
GreenbeltMarion Eudey
Aug 29, 1998
Pacu, Red-bellied
8.95 lbs.
San Marcos RiverJoni Frazier
Mar 14, 2006
Perch, Nile
12.06 lbs.
Victor BraunigMike Saldivar
Feb 1, 1980
Perch, Yellow
1.04 lbs.
MeredithMelvin Vick
May 3, 1996
Pickerel, Chain
4.75 lbs.
Pat MayseRobert Finch
Feb 18, 1996
Pickerel, Redfin
0.66 lbs.
Toledo BendBill Ritzell
Feb 10, 2009
Pike, Northern
18.28 lbs.
Lady Bird LakeMike Sharpe
Aug 29, 1981
Redhorse, Gray
4.75 lbs.
Lady Bird LakeScott Ferguson
May 3, 2014
Saugeye
7.78 lbs.
KirbyRobert Quintanilla
Jan 26, 1998
Seatrout, Spotted
8.31 lbs.
Nueces RiverFilip Spencer
Nov 17, 2009
Shad, Gizzard
2.67 lbs.
Lady Bird LakeJ. Darryl Freeman
Apr 12, 1997
Shiner, Golden
0.52 lbs.
PlacidBrian Rankin
Jul 10, 1996
Sleeper, Bigmouth
2.42 lbs.
Nueces RiverDwight Sykora
May 21, 2005
Spotted Seatrout X Corvina
20.80 lbs.
Victor BraunigPhillip Mann
Apr 25, 1992
Sucker, Spotted
1.41 lbs.
Catfish CreekBilly Autery
Jul 2, 2002
Sunfish, Bluegill
2.02 lbs.
Lampasas RiverGibbs Milliken
Nov 21, 1999
Sunfish, Green
1.30 lbs.
Burke-Crenshaw LakeBilly Oldigs
Apr 19, 2005
Sunfish, Hybrid Green
0.79 lbs.
DunlapClayton P. Lacina
Feb 28, 2017
Sunfish, Longear
0.84 lbs.
San Marcos RiverJohn Brownlee
Jul 6, 2009
Sunfish, Other Hybrid
1.73 lbs.
BardwellScott Pekrul
Apr 29, 2004
Sunfish, Redbreast
1.75 lbs
Wheeler Branch ReservoirCher Coen
May 31, 2020
Sunfish, Redear
2.99 lbs.
Lady Bird LakeJohn Runnels
Apr 1, 1997
Sunfish, Warmouth
1.30 lbs.
Lady Bird LakeRalph Manns
Jul 19, 1991
Tarpon
10.12 lbs.
Victor BraunigPaul Willette
Aug 6, 1986
Tiger Muskellunge
9.06 lbs.
NoconaMike Gaines
May 27, 1979
Tilapia, Blue
7.75 lbs.
HoustonMichael Sample
Jan 31, 2010
Tilapia, Hybrid
5.78 lbs.
TravisKeller Colton Shaw
May 25, 2021
Trout, Brook
0.67 lbs.
Guadalupe RiverBryan Hendricks
Feb 19, 1984
Trout, Brown
7.12 lbs.
Guadalupe RiverJeff Delong
Feb 7, 1986
Trout, Rainbow
8.92 lbs.
Nueces RiverTimothy Boehm
Jan 13, 2010
Walleye
11.88 lbs.
MeredithHank McWilliams Jr.
Feb 26, 1990
Source: Texas Parks & Wildlife

Saltwater Fishing Records

All Ages/Rod & Reel

The following are the state-recognized records for game fish caught in saltwater areas in the state of Texas, including the Gulf of Mexico, Sabine Lake and River, Galveston Bay, and several other areas.

As with freshwater, we’ve included just the All Ages Rod & Reel records, but the state of Texas does keep more specialized records related to fishing methods and other factors.

We also would note that this list includes some fish species that are more widely caught in freshwater, including several species of bass and catfish caught in areas that transition from fresh to salt water.

Amberjack, Greater
133 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTrisha Conner
Aug 4, 2019
Angelfish, Blue
2.90 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoBeverly Stapleton
Jun 13, 2007
Angelfish, French
8.70 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDennis Daye
Sep 11, 1994
Aulopus, Yellowfin
1.31 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRichard La Bouliere
Aug 7, 2009
Barbier, Red
1.81 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRicky Preddy
Jul 8, 1986
Barracuda, Great
52.81 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoKim Calzada
Sep 4, 1993
Bass, Hybrid Striped
8.75 lbs.
San Antonio BayJames Potts
Apr 14, 1993
Bass, Largemouth
6.81 lbs.
Sabine RiverMatt Bertrand
Feb 8, 2018
Bass, Longtail
4.30 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoMike Bednar
Aug 2, 2008
Bass, Striped
28.00 lbs.
Galveston BayCalvin Hinderman Jr.
Jan 26, 1991
Beardfish
8.90 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoSteve Roberts
Sep 17, 2009
Bigeye
2.70 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoCody Dunn
Aug 12, 2021
Bigeye, Short
1.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoLuis A. Gomez
Oct 16, 1991
Bluefish
16.62 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoAlex Koumonduros
Jan 11, 1987
Boarfish, Deepbody
0.63 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJohn Hanson
Aug 14, 2009
Bonefish
3.75 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoC. W. Morris
Nov 19, 1977
Bonito, Atlantic
27.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoEddie Groth
Jul 1, 1969
Bonnethead
24.30 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoPamela Joseph
Aug 18, 2004
Bowfin
6.81 lbs.
Sabine LakeRobert Vail
Jan 9, 2018
Bream, Sea
1.11 lbs.
Galveston BayJohn Edel
Nov 17, 1996
Brotula, Bearded
17.01 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRichard C. Greer
Jul 13, 2012
Buffalo, Smallmouth
28.13 lbs.
Sabine RiverRobert Vail
Feb 26, 2021
Burrfish, Striped
1.62 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTrent Lake
Mar 11, 2014
Carp, Grass
8.16 lbs.
Galveston BayAndrew Anthony
Nov 14, 1992
Catfish, Blue
42.78 lbs.
Sabine LakeBobby Hutchinson
May 12, 2005
Catfish, Channel
7.44 lbs.
Sabine LakeBetty Vail
Jan 28, 2018
Catfish, Flathead
50.15 lbs.
Sabine LakeDale Williams
Oct 20, 2016
Catfish, Gafftopsail
13.33 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoHerman Koehne Jr
Dec 13, 1981
Catfish, Hardhead
4.06 lbs.
Corpus Christi BayFederico Garcia
Jul 14, 2003
Chub, Bermuda
8.97 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJohn Godfrey
Jun 20, 2007
Chub, Yellow
8.97 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoChristopher McSwain
Jun 26, 1994
Cobia
108.44 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoMichael Albanese
May 9, 1998
Coney
4.70 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRobert Fouse
Aug 2, 2008
Conger, Yellow
21.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoBradley Poulsen
Jun 17, 1996
Cottonwick
2.30 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTravis McNeil
Mar 22, 1998
Creole-fish
1.56 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRobby Gillis
Mar 21, 2004
Croaker, Atlantic
5.47 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoPaul Straw
Apr 24, 2002
Cubbyu
1.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoSteve Qualia
Apr 16, 1987
Cutlassfish, Atlantic
5.13 lbs.
Upper Laguna MadreJeffrey Mills
Jan 2, 2021
Doctorfish
1.26 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJerry McCullin
Apr 14, 1997
Dogfish, Cuban
4.63 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTrevin Eckersley
Aug 20, 2011
Dogfish, Smooth
26.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoGeorge Flores
Mar 2, 1998
Dogfish, Spiny
21.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoVicki Kusey
Oct 26, 1986
Dolphin
65.70 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRyan Foster
Jun 21, 2008
Dolphin, Pompano
4.10 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTommy Gueldner
Aug 3, 1990
Driftfish, Black
25.37 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDarrell Bezecny
Jul 10, 2010
Drum, Black
81.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoWally Escobar Jr.
Jun 19, 1988
Drum, Freshwater
33.62 lbs.
Sabine LakeMichael McKinney
Feb 20, 1995
Drum, Red
59.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoArtie Longron
Jan 30, 2000
Durgon, Black
3.69 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJonathan McIntyre
Dec 20, 2017
Eel, Shrimp
0.69 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoMegan Gower
Aug 3, 1990
Eel, Snapper
16.80 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTaylor Walker
Aug 28, 2004
Escolar
35.60 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoChase G. Warburton
Oct 4, 2016
Escolar, Roudi
5.38 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoEric Ozolins
Jul 22, 2007
Filefish, Scrawled
4.66 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJason Harries
May 2, 2010
Filefish, Unicorn
5.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoEugene Foreman Jr.
Sep 25, 1987
Flag, Spanish
0.71 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDavid Boswell
Sep 17, 2020
Flounder, Ocellated
2.63 lbs.
Galveston BayMark Bond
Dec 6, 2001
Flounder, Other
4.30 lbs.
Lower Laguna MadreSkipper Ray
Aug 22, 2000
Flounder, Southern
13.00 lbs.
Sabine LakeHerbert Endicott
Feb 18, 1976
Flyingfishes, Margined
0.79 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoAdolf Schulz
Jun 21, 1986
Gag
69.40 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTommy Angel
Oct 5, 2003
Gar, Alligator
186.19 lbs.
Galveston BayJohnny Gilbert
Oct 14, 1995
Gar, Shortnose
3.31 lbs.
Sabine LakeMathew McBee
Apr 5, 2019
Goatfish, Spotted
1.13 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoReuben Sherman
May 18, 2015
Graysby
2.31 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoGeorge Flores
Mar 2, 1998
Grouper, Black
124.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTim Oestreich II
Jan 11, 2003
Grouper, Comb
10.88 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoW. Walter Craig
Sep 11, 2019
Grouper, Goliath
551.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoGus Pangarakis
Jun 29, 1937
Grouper, Marbled
47.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoErik Peterson
Dec 11, 2020
Grouper, Misty
5.69 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoMike Luchak
Aug 28, 2009
Grouper, Red
25.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoBrian Johnson
Oct 14, 2020
Grouper, Snowy
49.81 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoSteve Cole
Sep 10, 1993
Grouper, Warsaw
302.70 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRaul Reyes
Oct 18, 2006
Grouper, Yellowedge
37.90 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoHal Kennedy
Aug 1, 2021
Grouper, Yellowfin
47.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDylan Becherer
Oct 1, 2021
Grouper, Yellowmouth
24.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDiane Howe
Mar 31, 2004
Grunt, Barred
1.24 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRonald Lovett
Jul 27, 2004
Grunt, White
3.75 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDan Schmidt
Jul 5, 1997
Guaguanche
4.83 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoEwalt Schneider
Nov 25, 1995
Guitarfish, Atlantic
4.44 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoByron Noles Jr.
May 25, 1998
Hake, Carolina
1.60 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTony Langston
Jan 31, 1996
Hake, Gulf
6.70 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoMichael Anzalone
Dec 4, 2010
Hake, Spotted
1.68 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoLeonard Maartens Jr.
Apr 26, 1996
Hammerhead, Great
1,033.00 lbs
Gulf of MexicoTimothy W. McClellen
Jul 9, 2017
Hammerhead, Scalloped
300.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDerrick Bonner
Oct 4, 2021
Hammerhead, Smalleye
151.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoLouis Kusey III
Oct 26, 1986
Herring, Skipjack
3.34 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoFrank Budd
Oct 11, 2001
Hind, Red
8.96 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoAdolf Schulz
Jul 22, 1987
Hind, Rock
5.03 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoMark Herdade
Jul 18, 2019
Hind, Speckled
43.90 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJoseph Stephenson
Oct 1, 2016
Hogfish, Spanish
2.25 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoCasey Cundieff
Mar 25, 2000
Hogfish, Spotfin
1.07 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJim Vuichard
Jun 24, 1999
Houndfish
4.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoGary Long
Nov 15, 2013
Jack, Almaco
50.30 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoBilly Winkler
Jul 5, 1996
Jack, Black
23.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoAmy Rey Hill
Aug 3, 2020
Jack, Cottonmouth
1.25 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoFrank Fuller
Jul 14, 1984
Jack, Crevalle
50.25 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoFrancis Lyon
Jun 26, 1976
Jack, Horse-eye
32.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTerry Lee Ramsey
Sep 8, 2012
Jack, Yellow
15.98 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoGreg Cummings
Jun 6, 2009
John Dory, American
7.00 lbs
Gulf of MexicoZachary B Schneider
Jan 5, 2021
Kingfish, Gulf
2.38 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJames Mulhern
Mar 18, 1995
Kingfish, Southern
3.62 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoGilbert Perez
Mar 7, 1992
Ladyfish
7.00 lbs.
Brownsville Ship ChannelRalph Brookshire
Aug 25, 2020
Lancetfish, Longnose
8.20 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoMichael Davis
Sep 28, 2016
Lionfish
1.51 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRichard Bowlin
Feb 27, 2020
Lizardfish, Inshore
1.85 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoWinnie Poff
Oct 20, 1991
Lookdown
4.20 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoFayez Nahhas
Mar 31, 2012
Mackerel, King
79.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoMervin Leppo
Aug 20, 2006
Mackerel, Snake
1.88 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoPeter Letts
Jun 6, 2007
Mackerel, Spanish
8.74 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoBobby Tarter
Aug 15, 1976
Mako, Longfin
664.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDonald Ewing
May 4, 1986
Mako, Shortfin
707.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJeff Shindle
Jan 27, 2002
Margate, Black
12.80 lbs
Gulf of MexicoCharles Botello
Jun 24, 2000
Marlin, Blue
972.70 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRichard Richardson Jr.
Jul 11, 2014
Marlin, White
111.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoGeo Taggart
Aug 5, 1979
Menhaden, Finescale
0.98 lbs.
Sabine LakeRichard Constantine Jr.
Jul 30, 2005
Midshipman, Atlantic
0.88 lbs.
Upper Laguna MadreThomas Sheehan
Dec 2, 1999
Mojarras
0.88 lbs.
Lower Laguna MadreNatalie Woods
Aug 1, 1981
Moonfish, Atlantic
1.20 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRobert Bennett
Oct 20, 2015
Moray, Blackedged
3.10 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRonnie Vaughn
May 30, 1999
Moray, Blacktail
2.42 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoGeorge Flores
Mar 24, 1998
Moray, Green
7.70 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoGeorge Flores
Aug 1, 1998
Moray, Spotted
8.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoLouis Kusey III
Mar 5, 1994
Mullet, Striped
10.38 lbs.
Upper Laguna MadreScott Lindner
Mar 13, 2009
Needlefish, Atlantic
1.25 lbs.
Lower Laguna MadreHayden Mathews
Jun 1, 2015
Needlefish, Flat
2.75 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRobin Dunn
Jul 3, 1994
Oilfish
61.38 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoKeith Johnson
Mar 18, 1995
Palometa
1.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoHenry Flores Jr.
Jun 12, 2006
Perch, Sand
0.59 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRobert Lathrop
Dec 31, 1993
Permit
1.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJared Guinn
Aug 30, 1993
Pigfish
1.04 lbs.
Galveston BayScott Moss
Dec 18, 1998
Pinfish
2.88 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoLucky Rabago
Jul 1, 2012
Pinfish, Spottail
1.51 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJeff Kaiser
Feb 25, 2016
Pomfret, Bigscale
23.12 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoBrian S. Cooper
Jul 23, 2017
Pompano, African
43.10 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoHank Cram
Feb 1, 2003
Pompano, Florida
6.41 lbs.
Lower Laguna MadreJuan Carrillo III
Jun 18, 2006
Pompano, Irish
1.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJohnny French
Sep 6, 2004
Porgy, Jolthead
1.62 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDerek York
Aug 9, 2008
Porgy, Knobbed
5.80 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoStanley Sweet
Feb 21, 2000
Porgy, Red
8.18 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJohnny White
Jul 4, 2009
Porgy, Whitebone
4.48 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoStan Oftelie
Mar 12, 1996
Puddingwife
4.29 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoAdolf Schulz
Sep 6, 1996
Puffer, Smooth
10.75 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDaniel Nassiff
Apr 8, 2001
Ray, Cownose
50.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoFreeman Gage Jr.
May 27, 1986
Ray, Lesser Electric
0.88 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoByron Noles Jr.
Oct 12, 1998
Ray, Smooth Butterfly
15.42 lbs.
Lower Laguna MadreTom Aubrey
Jul 3, 2004
Ray, Spotted Eagle
273.50 lbs.
Galveston BayJimmy Anderson
Jun 2, 2012
Remora
4.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoBarry Osborn
Oct 29, 2017
Rosefish, Blackbelly
3.04 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoNicholas Pawlikowski
Jun 22, 2013
Runner, Blue
9.57 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoPatrick L. Lemire
Oct 3, 2001
Runner, Rainbow
28.10 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoKeith Banks
Apr 7, 2004
Sailfish
95.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoMorton Cohn
Jul 12, 1972
Sawfish, Largetooth
736.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoGus Pangarakis
Jan 1, 1939
Scamp
28.20 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoBrice Sanchez
Jan 6, 2019
Scorpionfish, Highfin
1.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoAaron Adams
Jun 7, 2015
Scorpionfish, Spinycheek
3.10 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJohn Shin
Jul 2, 2011
Scorpionfish, Spotted
3.25 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoAllen Lain Schulle
May 5, 2012
Sea Bass, Rock
0.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoKenny Flake
Apr 2, 2011
Searobin, Bighead
1.14 lbs.
Corpus Christi BayWade Kilpatrick
Aug 5, 1987
Searobin, Blackwing
0.58 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRobert Pope
Jan 16, 1995
Seatrout, Sand
6.25 lbs.
Galveston BayDennis Herrick
Feb 26, 1972
Seatrout, Silver
6.91 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoGerry L. Tompkins
Feb 28, 1992
Seatrout, Spotted
15.60 lbs.
Lower Laguna MadreCarl Rowland
May 23, 2002
Shark, Atlantic Sharpnose
17.14 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDebra Windsor
Apr 5, 2000
Shark, Bigeye Sixgill
8.36 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoChristopher Gonzales Jr.
Apr 17, 1996
Shark, Blacknose
45.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoCharles Gillispie
Apr 29, 1993
Shark, Blacktip
190.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDavey Wright
May 31, 2003
Shark, Bull
515.00 lbs.
Aransas BayRandall Rickerson
May 18, 2007
Shark, Dusky
530.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRaymond Hein
Mar 1, 1975
Shark, Finetooth
100.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRichard Hensley
Jun 3, 1979
Shark, Lemon
470.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJim Blackburn
Aug 28, 1987
Shark, Nurse
83.88 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoHans Hodell
Sep 10, 1997
Shark, Oceanic Whitetip
200.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoBlake Oestreich
Jul 25, 2014
Shark, Sandbar
226.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJames Wilson
Mar 21, 1975
Shark, Silky
556.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoWolfgang Bushang
Jul 23, 1973
Shark, Spinner
212.60 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoHowell Kines
Apr 29, 2000
Shark, Thresher
333.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRobert Robinson
May 2, 2002
Shark, Tiger
1,129.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoChap Cain III
May 24, 1992
Sharksucker
4.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoMariechen Spivey
Aug 8, 2004
Sheepshead
15.25 lbs.
Lower Laguna MadreWayne Gilstrap
Oct 17, 2002
Sleeper, Bigmouth
1.88 lbs.
Lower Laguna MadreBen Cowan
Aug 18, 1996
Snake Eel, King
52.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoPatrick L. Lemire
Feb 11, 1997
Snapper, Black
11.10 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoAdolf Schulz
Jul 27, 1987
Snapper, blackfin
9.06 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoHunter Matthews
Aug 14, 2020
Snapper, Cubera
131.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRicky Preddy
Aug 8, 1983
Snapper, Dog
27.24 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoGreg Lawrence
Sep 26, 2020
Snapper, Gray
18.67 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoSteve Pumilia
May 31, 1998
Snapper, Lane
8.20 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRickey Ramirez
Aug 17, 2004
Snapper, Mutton
18.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRoy O’Brian
Nov 9, 2004
Snapper, Queen
19.40 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJames Christopher Dean
Aug 25, 2021
Snapper, Red
38.75 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJoseph L. Beaver
Jun 1, 2014
Snapper, Silk
10.01 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTyler A. Young
Jul 6, 2019
Snapper, Vermilion
5.81 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTroy Stephens
Oct 15, 2021
Snapper, Yellowtail
9.87 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoSteve Kinzel
Oct 10, 1992
Snook, Common
57.50 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoLouis Rawalt
Jan 1, 1937
Spadefish, Atlantic
12.94 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoEdgar Artecona
Aug 17, 2002
Spearfish, Longbill
60.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoKari Ann Alberthal
Aug 10, 1990
Spot
1.13 lbs.
Upper Laguna MadreCasimir I. Vital Sr.
Nov 15, 2014
Squirrelfish
1.56 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoSeth Holbert
Nov 16, 2016
Stargazer, Southern
3.30 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJulian Sanchez
Jan 29, 1993
Stingray, Atlantic
10.75 lbs.
Galveston BayDavid Lee Anderson
Jul 3, 1994
Stingray, Bluntnose
36.66 lbs.
Galveston BayRichard Olszak Jr.
May 26, 2003
Stingray, Roughtail
241.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRick A. Jansky
Sep 2, 1991
Stingray, Southern
246.00 lbs.
Galveston BayCarissa Egger
Jun 30, 1998
Swordfish
493.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoBrian K. Barclay
Jun 4, 2013
Tarpon
229.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoMichael Shane LaRue II
Aug 20, 2017
Tiger, Sand
520.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJoey Vermuelem
Apr 4, 1976
Tilefish
31.30 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJordan Silva
Jun 6, 2015
Tilefish, Blueline
8.63 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTrevin Eckersley
Aug 19, 2011
Tilefish, Goldface
4.85 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDavid Shane Rankin
Apr 19, 2021
Tilefish, Sand
2.81 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoSteve Andognini
May 31, 2016
Toadfish, Gulf
3.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoGay Landry
Jun 17, 1989
Toadfish, Leopard
3.13 lbs.
Aransas BayTanya Page Fain
Jul 16, 1991
Tomtate
3.26 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoDonald Czaplinski Jr.
Oct 27, 2019
Triggerfish, Gray
12.46 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJason Waligura
Jun 19, 1996
Triggerfish, Ocean
11.20 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoBilly Sheridan
Jun 12, 2011
Triggerfish, Queen
10.49 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoBruce F. Goates
Jul 15, 1989
Tripletail
33.50 lbs.
Matagorda BayEdie Pruitt
Jun 29, 1984
Trunkfish, Smooth
0.76 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoAlan Miller
Mar 22, 1998
Tuna, Bigeye
140.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoCipriano Illiano
Nov 23, 2020
Tuna, Blackfin
38.89 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJohn Alvarez Jr.
Jun 23, 1988
Tuna, Bluefin
876.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTroy Lancaster
Apr 13, 2021
Tuna, Skipjack
28.25 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJimmy Welder
Jun 20, 1981
Tuna, Yellowfin
216.20 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoJim Dickson
Oct 11, 1998
Tunny, Little
15.44 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoRobert Wilson
Jul 14, 2013
Wahoo
124.00 lbs.
Gulf of MexicoTerry Crider
Jul 5, 1987
Source: Texas Parks & Wildlife

How to Set a Texas Game Fish Record

For fish that are kept for the above records, be sure to as quickly as practical get your fish weighed on a certified scales to have the best chance at breaking a new state record.

For all categories, you’ll need accurate measurements and good photographs, so bring what you need to accomplish that. A cooler with lots of ice is a good place to keep a harvested fish so it doesn’t dry out and lose weight. Of course, don’t clean it!

Finally, complete an Angler Recognition Award application.

I suggest you review the TPWD’s Angler Recognition program rules page, where you’ll also find a link to the application form. Do this before actually catching your fish, so you’ll have a good idea of what to do the day that lunker hits!