Midway man shatters state almaco jack record

Brunswick, Ga.

Hayden W. Mundy with almaco jack.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (March 25, 2024) – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced a new state record for almaco jack (Seriola rivoliana). 

Hayden W. Mundy, 24, of Midway, Ga., reeled in an almaco jack weighing 19 pounds, 10.53 ounces, while fishing offshore on March 14, 2024, shattering the previous record by nearly 180 percent.

Mundy's record-breaking catch surpasses the previous record of 7 pounds, 0.7 ounces, set by Sean Tarpley of Brunswick in October 2023. 

"This is an incredible achievement by Mr. Mundy," said Tyler Jones, coordinator of the Georgia Saltwater Game Fish Records Program of DNR’s Coastal Resources Division. "His catch not only sets a new bar for almaco jack in Georgia, but also demonstrates the exciting fishing opportunities available in our state's coastal waters."

Mundy's record-setting fish was caught in about 180 feet of water using a Diawa Saltiga rod and reel with a slow pitch jig on a tandem rig. He was aboard the private fishing vessel "Leegull Limit" with Capt. Jacob Lee when he landed the trophy fish.

Georgia DNR congratulates Mundy on his remarkable catch. His achievement will be recognized with a certificate signed by Governor Brian Kemp, DNR Commissioner Walter Rabon, and CRD Director Doug Haymans. Mundy's name will also be featured in the next Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide and online at CoastalGaDNR.org/SaltwaterRecords.

Almaco jack are found globally in tropical and subtropical seas. They are pelagic fish, meaning they utilize the entire water column and are frequently found inhabiting reefs and other structures underwater. They typically feed on small fishes, shrimp, and squid. They are known for their stamina and strength.

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