In the past weeks, almost 50 World Record applications were received at IGFA headquarters
Anglers catching southern bluefin tuna, great barracuda, tarpon, musky and more in Angola, Australia, Brazil, Christmas Island, Norway, Mexico, and Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Michigan and many more.
Tasmanian angler Jonah Lee Yick landed a massive 107.5 kg (236 lb 12 oz) southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) on April 30, 2013 while fishing out of Eagle Hawk Neck, Australia. Yick’s potential men’s 15 kg (30 lb) record tuna hit a trolled Tasman Prowler lure and tested Yick’s tackle for an hour and 15 minutes. The current IGFA record is 106.5 kg (234 lb 12 oz).
Junior angler Lydia Nicolson, co-winner of last year’s Top Female Junior Angler award, shows no sign of slowing her record setting pace. The most recent submission from the UK based angler is a 36.9 kg (81 lb 15 oz) Atlantic sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) that she caught on March 8th while trolling a skirted ballyhoo off Lobito, Angola. Using only 3 kg (6 lb) line, Nicolson needed a full hour to best this potential Female Junior record fish under the watchful eye of her father and captain, IGFA Representative Iain Nicolson. The current IGFA record is 31.2 kg (68 lb 12 oz).
Light tackle angler Maureen Klause landed a potential record black drum (Pogonias cromis) while fishing with Capt. Ricky Wheeler in the Delaware Bay on May 27th. Klause, a native of New Jersey, USA, needed 20 minutes to subdue the 28.04 kg (61 lb 13 oz) fish on only 2 kg (4 lb) line after it ate the clam she was soaking. With the current record at 18.37 kg (40 lb 8 oz), Klause’s catch qualifies her for the potential new women’s 2 kg (4 lb) line class record.
Light tackle fly angler and IGFA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dotty Ballantyne recently caught and released a 10.21 kg (22 lb 8 oz) tarpon (Megalops atlanticus), besting her own record of 7.71 kg (17 lb) and qualifying for the potential new women’s 3 kg (6 lb) tippet class record. Ballantyne, a native of Bozeman, Montana, was fishing with Capt. Chris McCreedy out of Key West on May 22nd. The experienced angler needed twenty minutes to best the silver king after it ate a custom tarpon fly.
German angler Micahel Eisele may have broken the All-Tackle world record for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhus), which has stood for more than 40 years. Eisele pulled the enormous 47.03 kg (103 lb 10 oz) specimen from the icy waters surrounding Soroya, Norway on April 28th after it decided to eat the custom soft plastic/jig-head combo he was working. After a 36 minute fight on 20 kg (40 lb) tackle, Eisele subdued the massive cod and was on his way to the scales. If approved, Eisele’s fish will replace the men’s 24 kg (50 lb) line class record as well as the All-Tackle record which has stood since 1969!
Angler Conrad A. Proctor landed an 8.16 kg (18 lb) tiger muskellunge (Esox masquinongy x Esox lucius) on May 17th while working a Yamamoto worm on Lake Luena, Michigan, USA. Proctor, a retired doctor from nearby Attica, Michigan, needed 30 minutes to subdue the potential 3 kg (6 lb) line class record tiger musky, which he released alive after properly documenting the catch. The current IGFA record is 6.8 kg (15 lb).
On a recent trip to Argentina, three members of the de Almeida family of Sao Paulo, Brazil, recorded potential record catches on beautifully colored but tempered dorado (Salminus brasiliensis). On May 4th, Tacito de Almeida landed a 17.41 kg (38 lb 6 oz) fish – heavy enough to qualify for the 10 kg (20 lb) line class record which currently stands at 16.8 kg (37 lb). Then his daughter and son, Manuela and Guilherme, joined him with two potential Junior record catches the following day. Manuela’s fish weighed in at 13.52 kg (29 lb 13 oz) and Guilherme’s at 17.38 kg (38 lb 5 oz). All three potential record catches were caught in the Uruguay River on Rapala plugs with local guide Alejandro Differding and released alive after being properly documented.