Angler Dr. Martin Arostegui, IGFA Trustee and Lifetime Achiever, recently made the best of the hot summer cubera snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus) bite in his backyard of
. While fishing with Capt. Bouncer Smith on August 31, 2012, Arostegui pulled up a Miami, Florida, USA 124 cm. cubera after it crushed the lobster being used for bait and put up an exhausting 25 minute fight. Once the fish was boated, it was quickly measured, photographed, and released alive. This fish qualifies Arostegui for the potential new "All-Tackle Length" record, which is currently vacant for this species.
Sherrell Carter of
Duluth, Georgia, , has held the women’s USA 2 kg ( 4 lb) line class record for dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) since 2009. Carter decided to try her luck with 1 kg ( 2 lb) line on August 25, 2012, when a big dolphin entered the spread off . Under the guidance of Capt. Yoan Alcala, Carter pitched a ballyhoo to the dorado and was instantly hooked up. After a quick five minute fight, the gaffs were sunk and the fish was boated. Back at the docks, the fish tipped the scales at Pinas Bay, Panama 20.35 kg ( 44 lb 1 oz), qualifying Carter for the potential women’s 1 kg ( 2 lb) line class record. The current IGFA record is 18.37 kg ( 40 lb 8 oz).
Bob Gaines spent time this summer away from his
California home to target freshwater species in Alaska’s . While fly casting the Kenai on August 23, 2012, Gaines hooked into a beautiful pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) after it hit his pink polar shrimp fly. Ten minutes later, Gaines landed the fish and took the necessary photos and measurements before releasing it alive. Measuring out to Kenai River 67 cm, Gaines’ fish qualifies him for the potential new "All-Tackle Length" record. The current IGFA record stands at 65 cm.
Dr. Mark Hatton recently traveled from his home inWest
Milford, New Jersey, USA to Canada’s to target the variety of freshwater species the area has to offer. While fly casting a pink fly in the Northwest Territories on July 30, 2012, Hatton came tight with a beautiful Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus). After a 30 minute fight, Dr. Hatton boated and quickly released the fish after taking the necessary photos and measurements. Taping out to Nanook River 86 cm on his Official IGFA Measuring Device, Hatton’s char qualifies for the new potential All-Tackle Length record, as the category is currently vacant.
Angler Peter Morse took advantage of the southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) bite off
this past season, landing an Narooma, Australia 18.5 kg ( 40 lb 12 oz) fish on fly while fishing with Capt. Benn Boulton on June 26, 2012. The tuna ate a deceiver fly and put up a strong 13 minute fight before being landed. Morse’s fish qualifies him for the men’s 8 kg ( 16 lb) tippet class record, which currently stands at 9.8 kg ( 21 lb 9 oz).
Angler Angelo Ruvioof North
Haledon, New Jersey, USA landed a massive great northern tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps) while fishing Poorman’s Canyon off the coast of on August 8, 2012. Ruvio was fishing with Capt. Jason Kim and needed 10 minutes to boat the fish after it hit the squid he was soaking on the bottom. Tipping the scales at New Jersey 29.57 kg ( 65 lb 3 oz), Ruvio’s catch qualifies him for the potential All-Tackle record. The current IGFA record stands at 28.8 kg ( 63 lb 8 oz).
Aussie angler Steve Starling was fly fishing in
Australia’s on June 17, 2012 when a Darwin Harbour 16 kg ( 35 lb 4 oz) talangqueenfish (Scomberoide scommersonianus) exploded on the clouser he was casting. After a brutal 35 minute fight, Starling had the fish boated and was headed back to the docks with his potential men’s 10 kg ( 20 lb) tippet class record. The current IGFA record is 9.45 kg ( 20 lb 13 oz).