This month’s IGFA Hot Catches update covers one of the most impressive achievements . In addition to potential world record carp caught in Japan and South Korea and a tropical gar caught in Costa Rica, the November IGFA report includes bonefish, red drum, tarpon, and white marlin.
Japanese angler Hiroko Fuwa
caught a 13.1 kg (28 lb 14 oz) common carp (Cyprinus carpio)
while fishing Japan’s Lake Shoji on August 28th that may
land her the new Female Junior record. Fuwa was fishing with a bread
bait and needed 10 minutes to land her potential record carp, which
was released alive after it was properly documented. The current IGFA
record is 7.37 kg (16 lb 4 oz).
While casting a Mepps Spinner in
Costa Rica’s Rio Frio on November 7, 2012, native Costa Rican
angler Mauricio Solis Salas landed a 8.64 kg (19 lb 0 oz)
tropical gar (Atractosteus tropicus) that could earn him the
new All-Tackle record. Salas was fishing with local guide Francisco
Mejias Naranjo and needed 15 minutes to land the toothy fish
after hooking up. The current IGFA record is 5.18 kg (11 lb 6 oz).
Angler Phillip W. Richmond,
Jr., who is currently stationed in South Korea with the US Navy,
has been exploring the different fishing opportunities in his
temporary home. While fishing the NakDong River from his kayak on
October 4th, Richmond landed a 4.6 kg (10 lb 2 oz)
predatory carp (Chanodichthys erythropterus) while casting a
swimbait into the chilly waters. Richmond needed five minutes to
subdue the potential All-Tackle record fish, which has never before
been submitted to the IGFA.
Light tackle fly angler Thane
Morgan of Amarillo, Texas, USA, may have broken the men’s 2 kg
(4 lb) tippet class record for tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) –
a record which has stood for more than 15 years. Fishing out of
Marathon, Florida with Capt. Dustin Huff on October 6th,
Morgan came tight on a 54.06 kg (119 lb 3 oz) silver king after it
ate the mullet pattern fly he was casting. After a quick fight and
some great boat handling, the massive tarpon was subdued. The current
IGFA record stands at 21.88 kg (48 lb 4 oz).
Moroccan angler Laurent
Sahyoun took advantage of the great white marlin (Kajikia
albida) bite off the coast of his home country and landed what
could be the new men’s 3 kg (6 lb) line class record. On September
21st, while fishing with Capt. Christian Benazeth,
Sahyoun pitched a live mackerel to a large white marlin and 35
minutes later the fish was subdued. Back at the docks, the marlin
weighed in at 53 kg (116 lb 13 oz) – eclipsing the existing record
by nearly 15 kg (30 lb).
During a recent trip to the Cook
Islands in the South Pacific, Florida native Dr. Jan Forszpaniak
caught and released a massive bonefish (Albula spp.) while fly
fishing with local guide Itu Davey on September 7th.
Forszpaniak, a skilled fly angler, needed 10 minutes to land this
potential All-Tackle Length record after it ate a well-presented
custom fly. The bonefish measured out to 72 cm and would tie the
existing record of 71 cm, if approved.
Angler Candace Kern landed
the potential new women’s 10 kg (20 lb) tippet class record red
drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) on September 25th while
fishing Port O’ Connor in her home state of Texas, USA. Kern was
fishing with guide Matthew Kern and needed 10 minutes to land
her 13.61 kg (30 lb) redfish after it inhaled the tarpon mouse fly
she was casting. The current IGFA record is 13.38 kg (29 lb 8 oz).
Angler E. Stanton Shoemaker
landed the potential new men’s 4 kg (8 lb) tippet class record red
drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) on October 16th while
fishing Upper Laguna Madre in his home state of Texas in the United
States. Shoemaker, guided by Freddy Lynch, needed an hour to
best the 17.69 kg (39 lb) redfish after it ate the custom fly he
presented. The current IGFA record stands at 15.64 kg (34 lb 8 oz).