The new year has brought more new World Record applications to the International Game Fish Association.
While fishing with guide Martin Beenes on Suriname’s South River on October 30th, angler Olivier Charpentier landed an impressive trahira (Holias spp.) that crushed a Sebile lure he was casting. After hooking up to the fish, Charpentier needed five minutes to land the prehistoric looking fish that measured out to 97 cm. Once the fish was measured and photographed, it was released alive – qualifying Charpentier for the potential new All-Tackle Length record, which currently stands at 94 cm.
Brazilian angler Rogerio Luis Araujo landed a trophy speckled peacock (Cichla temensis) on November 20th while fishing with local guide Orland Carneira in Brazil’s Cuiuni River. Araujo needed 20 minutes to subdue the fish after it inhaled the popper he was casting along the shoreline. Once landed, the fish measured out to 91 cm before it was released alive. With the existing All-Tackle Length record at 88 cm, Araujo’s fish would replace the current record if approved.
Italian angler Ana Maria Gura landed a 30.15 kg (66 lb 7 oz) common carp (Cyprinus carpio) on July 5th while fishing in Ghostpark Lake, Itay. Gura’s massive carp was caught on a boilie and put up a 20 minute fight on 10 kg (20 lb) tackle before it was released alive. If approved, Gura’s carp would replace the existing record by nearly 5 kg (10 lb).
Japanese angler Mari Kitagawa landed a potential women’s 8 kg (16 lb) tippet class record Japanese seabass (suzuki) (Lateolabrax japonicus) on November 20th while fishing with local guide Ryuhei Masuda around Honmoku, Japan. Kitagawa needed only two minutes to land the 3.4 kg (7 lb 7 oz) fish after it ate a well-placed streamer fly, and was released alive after being properly documented. The current IGFA record is 2.3 kg (5 lb 1 oz).
Texas native Meredith McCord recently traveled to the neighboring state of Louisiana in the United States to target world record class redfish that congregate around the coastal city of Venice. Armed with nothing more than a fly rod and the knowledge of local guide Al Keller, McCord hooked an impressive 14.97 kg (33 lb 0 oz) red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) on December 1st – a catch that could potentially earn her the new women’s 10 kg (20 lb) tippet class record. McCord needed 15 minutes to subdue the fish after it ate a custom Keller’s Redfish Killer fly. Once landed, the fish was quickly documented and released alive. The current IGFA record stands at 13.38 kg (29 lb 8 oz).
Junior angler Jamie Hamamoto of Honolulu, Hawaii, landed what could become the new All-Tackle world record for sharpjaw bonefish (Albula virgata) while fishing with her father, Wade Hamamoto, from Hawaii’s North Shore on October 11th. Hamamoto was fishing with scad when she hooked a 2.49 kg (5 lb 8 oz) bonefish that put up a tough five minute fight. The current IGFA record is 2.27 kg (5 lb 0 oz).