International Game Fish Association World Records Coordinator updates us with eight recreational fish catches now before the world records committee, beginning with an angler who now has reached the century mark in record fish catches.
Angler Robert Lawler of
Lake Havasu City, Arizona, USA was fishing by himself on May 2, 2011 in his hometown fishing hole in , when he landed this astonishing red ear sunfish (Lepomis microlophus). This mammoth sunfish weighed in at Lake Havasu 2.49 kg ( 5 lb 8 oz) and would tie the existing All-Tackle record of 2.48 kg ( 5 lb 7 oz), should everything go through with the pending application. Lawler was fishing a Berkley Powerworm, and needed two minutes to boat the potential record fish.
Angler Jon Nash of
Thornton, Colorado, USA, braved the unseasonable snow and cold on May 11, 2011 and headed out to in search of some trout action on fly. Nash was rewarded with this beautiful brown trout (Salmo trutta) that qualifies for the potential All-Tackle (Length) record after measuring Barzx Ranch, Colorado, USA 72 cm on his IGFA Measuring Device. Nash’s trout ate a brown fly and after a quick 10-minute fight, the fish was photographed, measured and released in good condition with just a little frost on its scales!
Kiwi couple and avid anglers Sue and Scott Tindale of
With the water behind his boat frothing with feeding tuna, veteran charter captain David Christie of
decided to try his angling hand on the fly rod. Fishing out of Hout Bay, South Africa on May 17, 2011, Christie tossed his custom chunk fly into the fray and was instantly hooked up to a large Thunnus species…but what species of tuna was it? When the fish finally surfaced close to two hours later, Christie was elated to see the size and species of the tuna he had been fighting; a Cape Town, South Africa 51.58 kg ( 113 lb 11 oz) yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) that qualified him for the new men’s 10 kg ( 20 lb) tippet class record. The current IGFA record is 48.6 kg ( 107 lb 2 oz).
Fellow South African angler Tracy Leigh Hardman of Kwazulli Natal, South Africa was not going to let David Christie and his yellowfin take all the limelight from South Africa’s great fishery, as she proved with this potential women’s
10 kg ( 20 lb) line class record giant trevally (Caranx ignobilis). Fishing out of on March 20, 2011 with guide Evan Antel, Hardman hooked up to this Pennington, South Africa 27.58 kg ( 60 lb 12 oz) GT while trolling a Gladiator Lure. After a very tough 40-minute fight with this reef dwelling monster, had the potential record fish boated. The current IGFA record is Tracy 27 kg ( 59 lb 8oz.)
Australian light tackle fly angler Frank Bluch of Corio, Australia took advantage of the southern bluefin tuna bite that was going off just outside of Portland, Australia, landing this thick
14.37 kg ( 31 lb 10 oz) southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) while fly fishing with guide Stephen Brown on April 28, 2011. Bluch fought his potential men’s 03 kg ( 6 lb) tippet class record for just under three hours after it hit his custom-tied pilchard fly. Great fish, Frank! The current IGFA record is vacant.
Fly fishing tandem Stacey G. Parkerson and Enrico Capozzi have racked up some very impressive tippet class records over the years, catching everything from billfish to snapper on fly. After a season in the Dominican Republic, both anglers submitted amazing records for white marlin on fly, one of them being this
21.15 kg ( 46 lb 10 oz) white marlin (Kajikia albida) landed by Parkerson on May 5, 2011. Stacey fought the fish for just under two hours, before landing this potential women’s 03 kg ( 6 lb) tippet class record. The fish was caught off Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, on an Enrico Special fly. Congratulations Stacey and Enrico on another fantastic season of fishing! The current IGFA record is vacant.