Although she has never before held an IGFA world record, Australian angler Nikki Murray recently submitted two impressive potential line class records for golden trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus): a
5.3 kg ( 11 lb 10 oz) on 02 kg ( 4 lb) line and a 9.28 kg ( 22 lb 11 oz) on 4 kg ( 8 lb) line. Both of these great catches were made while fishing off on August 7, 2011. Landed in under 20 minutes, the fish were caught on trolled artificial and live bait - and with the expertise of Exmouth, Australia ’s guide, Leigh Mitchell. The current women’s Murray 2 kg ( 4 lb) line class record is vacant and the women’s 4 kg ( 8 lb) record stands at 5.6 kg ( 12 lb 5 oz).
In the northeastern
, early fall means one thing: stripers. Angler Ron Mazzarella of USA Livingston, New Jersey, USA took advantage of the fall striped bass (Morone saxatilis) run – landing a potential record fish on October 18, 2011, while fishing . Weighing in at Ortley Beach, New Jersey, USA 11.03 kg ( 24 lb 5 oz), Mazzarella’s fish qualifies him for the potential new men’s 02 kg ( 4 lb) tippet class record. Ron’s potential record fish took him 11 minutes to land after the fish fell for his well-presented deceiver fly. The current IGFA record is 10.43 kg ( 23 lb).
If approved, Mazzarella’s striper will be the fifth record for the species set this year.
Angler Sue Tindale, of
Silverdale, New Zealand was fishing with her husband and personal captain Scott Tindale on September 22, 2011 off Maori Rock, when Mrs. Tindale landed a beautiful New Zealand 112 cm southern yellowtail (<i>Seriola lalandi</i>). Using jack mackerel for bait, she needed 20 minutes to fight the brute before she was able to photograph, measure and release it alive, qualifying her for the potential tie of the existing record – a 112 cm fish caught by her husband, Scott. The Tindales’ yellowtail rivalry precedes this potential tie; prior to Scott’s catch on April 8, 2011, Sue held the All-Tackle Length record for a few brief hours with a 109 cm fish she caught earlier that day
Angler James Sollecito of Baldwinsville, New York, USA, landed a potential All-Tackle Length record Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) on October 18, 2011, while fishing the Salmon River, in his home state of New York. Sollecito’s salmon measured
88 cm – more than 16 cm longer than the existing record. The fish was caught on a green salmon fly and took the angler 22 minutes to land. As is required with every All-Tackle Length record, Sollecito released his fish alive after taking the necessary photographs and measurements.
Angler Philippe Plentincx traveled from his home in
Switzerland to experience the amazing freshwater fishing offered in . Fishing the town of Kenarong on October 7, 2011 with renowned guide Jean-Francois Helias, Philippe landed this massive snakehead (Channa spp.) while casting a M2 Frog Lure from the bank. The fish was landed in five minutes and measured Malaysia 84 cm before being released alive – besting the current All-Tackle Length record by nearly 10 cm.
Already holding the
3 kg ( 6 lb) tippet record for a 11.79 kg ( 26 lb) wels he caught from the same river in August of 2010, this time Pacchiarini ended up with a 27.22 kg ( 60 lb) that qualifies him for the potential wels 08 kg ( 16 lb) tippet class record, which is currently vacant. The fish ate a baitfish wiggle fly and took the angler 20 minutes to subdue. The fish was weighed on the shore and released alive to fight another day.