All IGFA world record application received this month:
While trolling a rigged skipjack tuna off the coast of Houhora, New Zealand on February 17, 2012, kiwi angler Nathan Adams hooked into an enormous Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnusorientalis). After a grueling 40 minute battle with the brute of a fish, the tuna was landed and the crew of the Western Break headed back to the docks where it tipped the scales at 335.4 kg (739 lb 6 oz). Adams’ catch qualified him for the potential new men’s 37 kg (80 lb) line class record, surpassing the existing record by more than 90.7 kg (200 lb). Even more impressive is that the fish was landed on a 6.6 m (21.5 ft) vessel – not too bad seeing the fish taped out at 2.47 m
Gabon native Gregory Tordjeman recently traveled to Panama to fish with local guide Olivier Charpentier. Casting a Sebile Stick Shad off Islas Secas on January 8, 2012, Tordjeman landed a bluefin trevally (Caranxmelampygus) that measured 76 cm on an IGFA Official Measuring Device before being released alive. With the current record standing at 70 cm, Tordjeman qualifies for the potential new All-Tackle Length record for this species.
Angler Mauro Marzaduri, of San Lazzaro de Savenea, Italy, was fishing with guide Giusepe Galliani on January 1, 2012 when he landed this dentex (Dentexdentex) off of Olbia, Italy. Mauro needed 30 minutes to bring his potential men’s 10 kg (20 lb) line class record fish off the bottom after it ate the live squid he was using for bait. Back at the docks, the fish weighed in at 11.97 kg (26 lb 6 oz), surpassing the existing record by 1.07 kg (2 lb 6 oz). Not a bad way to start off the New Year!
IGFA’s Malaysian Representative Christopher S.G. Tan was trolling a Halco lure in Selangor, Malaysia on March 28, 2012 when he landed a lengthy snakehead (Channa spp.). Tan needed 5 minutes to bring his catch to the boat, where he quickly measured, photographed and released the fish alive. Measuring out at 85 cm, Tan’s catch qualifies him for the potential new All-Tackle Length record for snakehead.
IGFA Representative Peter F. Binaski recently traveled from his home in California to target some of south Florida’s near shore game species on fly, and he was not disappointed. Fishing with Capt. Quintin Hall on March 30, 2012 off of Hobe Sound, Florida, Binaski coaxed a thick 87 cm crevalle jack (Caranxhippos) to eat a well presented deceiver fly. Thirty five minutes later, the fish was boated and quickly measured, photographed and released alive, qualifying Binaski for the potential new All-Tackle Length record. The existing record stands at 85 cm.
Angler Austin Anderson, of Coppell, Texas, USA landed a 22.85 kg (50 lb 6 oz) smallmouth buffalo (Ictiobusbubalus) while fishing Lake Fork, Texas, USA on March 3, 2012. Using a dough ball for bait, the young angler needed 40 minutes to land the fish that qualifies him for both the male Junior record as well as the 24 kg (50 lb) line class record. After the fish was weighed on the river bank, it was released alive to grow even bigger. The current male Junior record stands at 3.86 kg (8 lb 8 oz) and the 24 kg (50 lb) line class record is 8.77 kg (19 lb 5 oz).
Angler Derek Szczepaniak of Mt. Prospect, Illinois, USA recently travled to Ft. Pierce, Florida, USA where he caught his first snook ever, and it just so happens that it is also a potential world record! Fishing with Capt. Peter Deeks on March 27, 2012, Szczepaniak fed the 98 cm Atlantic snook (Centropomusspp.) a live pilchard and the fight was on. After a tough 15 minute fight, the fish was boated, measured, and photographed before being released alive. With the existing record standing at 92 cm, Szczepaniak’s first snook qualifies him for the potential new All-Tackle Length record.
Kiwi angler Sue Tindale continues to submit records at an incredible rate, but she is certainly not sacrificing the quality of her catches. Fishing “Sue’s Rock” with her husband, Capt. Scott Tindale, on February 28, 2012, Tindale landed a hefty Hapuku (Polyprionoxygeneios) in 35 minutes after it ate the skipjack she was using for bait. Back at the docks, the fish tipped the scales at 23.2 kg (51 lb 2 oz), qualifying her for a potential All-Tackle record. The current IGFA record is vacant.
IGFA Lifetime Achiever Stan Nabozny of The Woodlands, Texas, USA continues to add to his record total with a recent trophy he landed while fishing the Tennessee River, Tennessee, USA with guide Stever Baker on March 27, 2012. Using a live threadfin for bait, Nabozny landed the 103 cm landlocked striped bass (Moronesaxatilis) in just 10 minutes. After the necessary documentation was done, the fish was quickly released alive, qualifying Nabozny for the potential new All-Tackle Length record.