Belgian angler Frank Van de Wyer caught a potential new All-Tackle record golden mahseer (Tor putitora) while fishing India’s Saryu River on October 7, 2013 with local guide Misty Dhillon. Van de Wyer needed nearly an hour and a half to subdue to the 19.96 kg (44 lb) fish – which outweighs the current All-Tackle record holder by 7.71 kg (17 lb) – before documenting and releasing it alive
During a recent trip to the exotic South American countries of Suriname and Guyana, UK angler Richard Hart racked up no less than 10 potential world records on trahira (Hoplias spp.) – also known as wolfish. One of the most impressive catches of the trip was an 11.82 kg (26 lb 1 oz) giant trahira that he caught on 8 kg (16 lb) tippet while fishing Suriname’s Kalebo River on February 23. Once hooked up, Hart needed an hour and 30 minutes to land the potential record wolfish, which was released alive. The existing record is 6.58 kg (14 lb 8 oz)
Brazilian angler Guilherme Rodrigues was trolling off Brazil’s Itzcolomi Islands, when the Rapala he was trolling on a light tackle outfit got crushed by something much larger than he was expecting. One hour and 10 minutes after hooking up, Rodrigues landed an impressive king mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla) that tipped the scales at 33.96 kg (74 lb 13 oz) – heavy enough to qualify for the potential new men’s 8 kg (16 lb) line class record, which currently stands at 32.31 kg (71 lb 4 oz).
Pyramid Lake, Nevada, USA is home to 18 current world records for cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki), including some that have stood for nearly 30 years. IGFA Representative Peter Binaski caught a potential new 3 kg (6 lb) tippet class record cutthroat on February 9th while fishing this hot spot with local guide Rob Anderson. The 4.87 kg (10 lb 12 oz) fish put up a 25 minute battle after it took the custom Albino Wino fly Binaski was casting. The current IGFA record – held by fellow IGFA Representative Bo Nelson – is 3.28 kg (7 lb 4 oz)