Photos: 47 fishing records broken in Texas in 2019

Stingray, shark, amberjack among biggest records broken

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Red drum caught in Matagorda Bay on Aug. 14, 2019. (Courtesy, TPWD)

SAN ANTONIO – Dozens of Texans reeled in large hauls in 2019 — a year that Texas Parks and Wildlife called “great” for fishing.

Fishermen and women broke 47 new state fishing records in Texas this year, according to TPWD. Junior anglers under 17 years old set 14 of those records.

For individual lakes, rivers or bays, 434 waterbody records were broken.

Ron Smith, director of TPWD’s Angler Recognition Program, said in a news release that anglers can submit their record-setting fish by filling out an application.

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Fishermen and women must measure and weigh their catch, take several photos and complete the application. Submissions must be made within 60 days of the catch.

“Most anglers that turn in an application get something – whether that’s an award or an outstanding angler certificate,” Smith said. “We are happy to recognize great catches even when they may not have set a new record.”

Here’s a list of fishing records broken in 2019, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife.


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