Recent catches in Japan, Mexico, Canada, Panama, Australia, and California and Texas in the United States have anglers anxious to find out whether new World Records are about to be theirs! Check out the hottest All-Tackle, All-Tackle Length, line class, tippet, and Junior record applications to cross the IGFA World Records desk this month:
For the second time in the past few months, a Japanese angler has submitted an All-Tackle record claim for a large, unique species of grouper.
The most recent submission, from angler Takayuki Shibayama of
, is for the appropriately named potato grouper (Epinephelus tukula). Fishing with guide Takashi Nakazato on June 4, 2011 off Osaka, Japan , Shibayama battled this bottom-dwelling monster for seven and a half hours after it inhaled the live snapper he was using for bait. After the strenuous battle, Shibayama’s potential All-Tackle record fish tipped the scales at Miyako Island, Japan 77.85 kg ( 171 lb 0 oz). The current IGFA record is vacant.
Veteran angler Tom Pfleger of
recently submitted another line class record for white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis). Currently holding the men’s Newport Beach, California, USA 01 kg ( 2 lb) – 03 kg ( 6 lb) line class records – Pfleger’s newest submission of a 25.85 kg ( 57 lb 0 oz) catch aims to replace Jimmy Decker’s current 04 kg ( 8 lb) line class record of 23.63 kg ( 52 lb 1 oz). Pfleger landed his most recent seabass while fishing south of the border in on June 22, 2011. Forty five minutes after the potential record fish inhaled Pfleger’s live squid and sent his Shimano TLD screaming, the skilled angler had the fish subdued and in the boat. Ensenada, Mexico
This past June, angler Mark E. Carlson, M.D. of
Angler Francisco J. Rivera of
Smallfry angler Cody Konop, of
(mystinus) to qualify for the new male smallfry record. Cody needed just seven minutes to land the fish after it hit the Storm Wildeye Shad he was jigging.
Australian angler David Fent of
When most anglers are fortunate enough to land a big tripletail, the fish usually finds its way to the ice box and then the frying pan. Angler Stan Nabozny of The Woodlands, Texas, USA, had an All-Tackle Length record on his mind, however, after landing an enormous tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis) while fishing with Capt. Dwayne Newbern on July 8,
2011 in Matagorda Bay, Texas. After eating the shrimp that Nabozny cast to it, the fish fought for 10 minutes before being measured, photographed and released. Measuring 69 cm, this fish qualifies for the new potential All-Tackle Length record. The current IGFA record is vacant.