Impressively, two of the record-setting fish from 2022 were broken twice within months after entering the record books. Sheepshead, a common Gulf Coast species, was one of these fish, with the first record-breaking catch weighing in at 14 pounds, 4 ounces by Wesley Olsen. Shortly after, Kendale Jeans hooked a whopping 16-pound, 6.6-ounce sheepshead, toppling the previous 14-pound monster fish.
An uncommon species, the permit, set the other double-breaking record. Although similar looking to a pompano, permits are not as standard in the waters off the Alabama Gulf Coast and are relatively small. The first permit to break records was 6 pounds, 0.54 ounces and reeled in by Annalise Wilson in October 2021. Months later, Patrick Willis caught an impressive 8-pound, 2.4-ounce permit, shattering Annalise’s record.