World Record Coordinator shares some of the latest lunkers to cross the application desk at IGFA headquarters. Eight great catches from
Japan, Russia, Brazil, Suriname, Laos, and the make up this month’s report, along with two new additions to the IGFA’s special clubs. United States
Veteran fly angler Dotty Ballantyne, of
Bozeman, Montana, USA, got an early start on her 2011 record total with this beautiful 9.75 kg ( 21 lb 8 oz) cobia (Rachycentron canadum) that she landed while fishing with Rob Trosset in on December 31, 2010. Dotty needed 25 minutes to land this potential women’s Key West, Florida, USA 04 kg ( 8 lb) tippet class record after it hit her well-presented baitfish fly. The current IGFA record is 9.07 kg ( 20 lb 0 oz).
Angler Phillip W. Richmond, Jr., stationed in Los Chagos, Diego Garcia was fishing with local guide Ferdi when landed this beautiful potential All-Tackle eightbar grouper (Epinephelus octofasciatus), while fishing Los Chagos, Diego Garcia on December 11, 2010. Richmond’s grouper weighed in at
34.65 kg ( 76 lb 6 oz), and was caught on a jighead and scampi lure in 10 minutes.
Angler Denis Harrold of Bardon, Queensland, Australia was fishing Lake Monduran, Australia on December 12, 2010 when he hooked and landed this monsterous potential new All-Tackle and men’s
15 kg ( 30 lb) line class record barramundi (Lates calcarifer). After the fish hit his Squidgies Slick rig and a grueling 15 minute fight from his kayak ensued, Harrold’s fish weighed in at 44.64 kg ( 98 lb 6 oz). The current IGFA record is 37.85 kg ( 83 lb 7 oz).
Angler Alejandro Linares, of
Medellin, Colombia was looking to surpass his current All-Tackle turquoise cichlid (Caquetaia umbriferum) record when he visited on December 31, 2010. Linares was not disappointed as he landed this beautiful turquoise cichlid, weighing in at Quebrada Yanacue, Colombia 4.76 kg ( 10 lb 8 oz) and qualifying for the new potential All Tackle record. Alejandro needed 3 minutes to land this fish after it hit his Rapala Xrap 10. The current IGFA record is 2.49 kg ( 5 lb 8 oz).
New All-Tackle Length Program
Since opening the program at the start of 2011, the IGFA is pleased to announce that there have been over 100 official IGFA measuring devices sold and 30 record applications received.
Wilton Lee Bull of
Conroe, Texas, USA landed this beautiful 57 cm blackfin tuna (Thunnus atlanticus) while fishing the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Texas, , on January 24, 2011. Bull was casting a diamond jig and needed 10 minutes to boat the fish. USA
The yellow perch (Perca flavescens) of
thought that they would be safe from the All-Tackle Length record seekers, at least until the snow and ice melted off the water, but multi-record holder Patrick Sebile had other plans. Fishing with his own brand of Sebile lures, Sebile landed this Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA 23 cm fish on January 17, 2011, in only 30 seconds. Sebile has also submitted two other potential All-Tackle Length records, one for a 62 cm spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus), and also a 50 cm ladyfish (Elops spp.).
Barramundi aficionado Mark Hope, who currently holds three line class records for the species, recently submitted this beautiful
117 cm potential All-Tackle Length record barramundi (Lates calcarifer). Hope was fishing on 1/23/2011 when he hooked into this beast. The fish hit Mark’s Predatek Viper lure, and he needed 15 minutes to land this great catch. Lake Tinaroo, Australia