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August 29, 2015

WORLD RECORDS: hot catches August 2015


In south Florida, the full moon in the late summer months is one of the best times to target cubera snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus) on the reefs. Angler April Tambor discovered this first hand on July 29th while fishing off Miami, Florida, USA with Capt. Bouncer Smith. After dropping a live lobster to the bottom, it wasn’t long until Tambor’s rod doubled over from the brute force of the 18.37 kg (40 lb 8 oz) cubera on the other end of the line. After a tough 15 minute battle on heavy tackle, Tambor had the fish in the boat. If approved, the catch will earn her the new women’s 37 kg (80 lb) line class record, which has stood at 15.1 kg (33 lb 4 oz) since 2003.

Angler Maya Thompson – age 15 – caught the potential Female Junior World Record roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) on August 6th while fishing out of Tropic Star Lodge, located in Pinas Bay, Panama. Thompson needed only 10 minutes to best the hard-fighting rooster, after it crushed the live bonito she was trolling. With the current Female Junior record standing at 24.45 kg (53 lb 14 oz), Thompson’s catch would easily take the new record if approved.

German angler Joachim Ochmann traveled to Spain’s famed Rio Ebro to target the highly sought after wels (Silurus glanis) – one of the largest freshwater species in the world. Ochmann’s efforts were rewarded on May 31st when he landed an incredible 56 kg (123 lb 7 oz) specimen on only 10 kg (20 lb) gear. The experienced angler needed only 30 minutes to land the huge wels after it ate the pellet bait he was fishing. Once subdued, the fish was quickly weighed from a sling, properly documented, and released alive. If approved, Ochmann’s catch would easily replace the existing men’s 10 kg (20 lb ) line class record, which stands at 10.66 kg (23 lb 8 oz).

August 27, 2015

ALASKA: caught a 466 pound giant halibut

An huge size Pacific halibut was caught this week off Sitka, Alaska.

This monster fish was fought using a PENN Fathom FTH20LW reel; the big halibut was team-fought by several anglers so not IGFA world record legal.

Weight of 466 pounds -211 kilo (current IGFA record 459 pound) is the "estimate" off of Alaska's official weight-length chart.

See more images huge halibut caught in Alaska at: Big Fish of the World web site.

August 23, 2015

UNDERWATER VIDEO: Jig Fishing for Cod in Shallow Water

An underwater video filmed in North Norway while fishing for small cods in shallow clear waters.

August 04, 2015

UNDERWATER VIDEO: huge grouper attacks and eats an amberjack

An underwater video filmed at 236 feet down by a ROV (Remotely Operated) while was working at the bottom of an oil rig in Texas. 

You can see an hungry warsaw grouper that eat a big amberjack

July 31, 2015

HAWAII: angler catch a 1,368 pound blue marlin

Anglers Darrell Omori and Guy Kitaok aboard the vessel Dayna fishing off Kona island, Hawaii, landed a monster  1,368 pound - 619 kg blue marlin.

They caught this huge marlin while fishing aboard  a 20-foot skiff

This blue marlin is the largest blue marlin caught off Hawaii in 23 years, and is only eight pounds shy of the world record; a giant 1,376-pound blue caught off Kona back in 1982 and 1400 pounder in, 1990

However, Kitaoka was using an electric reel, so even if the fish had been nine pounds heavier, it could not have qualified as a world record.

Kitaoka was trolling two live live skipjack tuna when the marlin took his bait and almost immediately and ran out a quarter mile of line before jumping.

From that distance, Guy estimated the fish at 250 pounds or so.  But Capt. Bomboy Llanes, in a nearby yacht, was closer to the fish and radioed Omori to explain that they had hooked a rare “grander,” or a marlin weighing 1,000 pounds or more.

After 90 minutes fight the marlin arrived at the boat, but was too big for the small boat. So some other boats come to help the duo.
It took seven men to haul the marlin through the transom door on  the "Lana Kila".

The fish measured nearly 12 feet long, with an 84-inch girth.

July 26, 2015

ANTARCTICA: filmed a collassal giant squid alive

This video come from a Russian commercial vessel that was deep fishing in the Ross Sean in Antarctica.

While deck men attempted to pull up a huge fish they had gaffed, a giant squid wrapped its tentacles around the fish and engaged in a tug of war with the fishermen.

This colossal squid is the heavier of all squids, and are believed grow up to 40 feet long.

July 18, 2015

WORLD RECORDS: hot catches July 2015

Angler Maicon Flex Iscas Artificiais caught and released this massive 107 cm Atlantic snook (Centropomus undecimalis) that could earn him the new All-Tackle Length record.

Maicon caught the fish while casting an artificial shrimp along the rocky coast of Ubatuba, a coastal Brazilian city located betweem Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro.

After a tough 20 minute fight, Maicon boated the fish for some quick measurements and photos, before releasing it alive. The current IGFA record is 106 cm, so if approved, Maicon's trophy snook would tie the existing record. IGFA rules state that an incoming All-Tackle Length record must be at least 2 cm longer than the existing record in order to replace it.

While fishing the Baltic Sea, out of Rugen, Germany, on April 10th, angler Joachim Ochmann caught this 16 kg (35 lb 4 oz) Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) that could earn him the new men’s 6 kg (12 lb) line class record. Ochmann, an experienced light tackle angler, needed 42 minutes to land the quality salmon after it hit the blinker he was trolling.

The current IGFA world record is 15.4 kg (33 lb 15 oz).

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