Five ounces. Five measly ounces.
That’s all that stood between Gulfport’s Alex Smith and Mississippi’s new state record speckled trout last weekend.
Maybe if the big fish hadn’t upchucked a mullet shortly after being caught, or maybe if it had been weighed sooner than 12 hours after being netted, the 34-inch beauty might have tipped the scales at more than 10 ½ pounds and put Smith on top in the Magnolia State record books.
He was fishing at night with his brother-in-law with an Egret Baits creole magic wedgetail mullet when the big trout hit on a cast to the edge of dirty water where light and shadows met.
“I didn't even work it, she hit as soon as it hit the water,” he said.