Two species – the pinima peacock and the unusual butterfly kingfish – are being considered for first-time IGFA World Records in this month’s Hot Catches report. Standing records for calico bass, roosterfish, white seabass and more are also being challenged as anglers from Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Finland, Japan, Mexico, and Alabama, California, and Wyoming in the United States weigh in with more world-class catches!
Brazilian angler Romulo Patrick was fishing Barragem do las
On June 22, 2012, angler Rick Mickelsen landed a potential All-Tackle Length record golden trout (Oncorhynchusaguabonita) while fishing
. Mickelsen, a native of Golden Lake, Wyoming, USA , was casting a nymph fly and needed 15 minutes to land the Wyoming 54 cm trout. As required for every All-Tackle Length record, Mickelsen’s fish was released alive after proper measurements and photos were taken. The current IGFA record is vacant.
While fishing out of
Dauphin Island, Alabama, USA on June 30, 2012, native Tyler Kennedy potentially tied the current All-Tackle record yellowedge grouper (Epinephelusflavolimbatus) with a fish that weighed in at an impressive Alabama 20.92 kg ( 46 lb 2 oz). Kennedy was soaking cut bait on the bottom, and needed 10 minutes to land his potential record fish. The current IGFA record is 20.92 kg ( 46 lb 2oz).
Japanese angler Satoru Nishimura was fishing off
on June 5, 2012 when he landed a Kodomari, Japan 7.05 kg ( 15 lb 8 oz) madai (Pagrusmajor) on light tackle. Nishimura was casting a metal jig and skillfully played the fish for 40 minutes before landing the potential men’s 2 kg ( 4 lb) line class record. The current IGFA record is 3.2 kg ( 7 lb).
Angler Sjon A. Harless of
Junior angler Ali Pfleger of
Newport Beach, California, USA, was fishing with her father, Tom Pfleger, on June 22, 2012 when she landed a beautiful white seabass (Atractoscionnobilis) off . Weighing in at Ventura, California 17.49 kg ( 38 lb 9 oz), Pfleger’s fish easily qualifies her for the Female Junior record, which currently stands at 12.46 kg ( 27 lb 7 oz). Pfleger was fishing with live squid and needed 10 minutes to land her potential record catch.
Angler Valerie D. Simpson landed a gorgeous roosterfish (Nematistiuspectoralis) on June 27, 2012 while fly fishing from the beaches of
. Simpson was fishing with fellow Californian and guide Lance Peterson and needed 45 minutes to land her fish after it ate a custom Mona Lisa fly. Weighing in at Cabo del Este, Mexico 13.15 kg ( 29 lb), Simpson’s rooster qualifies her for the potential women’s 10 kg ( 20 lb) tippet class record. The current IGFA record is 9.53 kg ( 21 lb).
Angler TJ Ponder of
needed only 90 seconds to pull in a kelp (calico) bass (Paralabraxclathratus) after it hit the soft plastic swim bait he was casting. Ponder’s fish tipped the scales at Encinitas, California, USA 2.83 kg ( 6 lb 4 oz), and qualified him for the potential male Smallfry record. Ponder and his father where fishing out of on June 25, 2012 with local guide, Jorge Gonzalez. The current IGFA record is Cedros Island, Mexico 2.26 kg ( 5 lb).
Angler KimmoManttari of
Jyska, Finland landed an impressive 5.85 kg ( 12 lb 14 oz) zander (Sander lucioperca) on April 29, 2012, while fishing . Manttari was casting a Storm Pro Shad soft plastic on a jig when the fish hit, and needed 10 minutes to land his potential Laukaa, Finland 4 kg ( 8 lb) line class record. The current IGFA record is 4.65 kg ( 10 lb 4 oz).