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September 13, 2014

WORLD RECORDS: hot cathes for Septembre 2014

Here a a nice mix of salt and freshwater potential IGFA (International Game Fish Association) world record catches in this edition of the Hot Catches

On a recent trip to the Tree River in the remote Nunavut region of Canada, angler James Schmid caught and released a beautiful 7.26 kg (16 lb) Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) that could potentially earn him the new men’s 4 kg (8 lb) line class record. Schmid was casting an orange jig, and needed nearly 30 minutes to land the stubborn char. Once subdued, Schmid quickly documented the fish and released it alive. The current IGFA record is vacant, due to the recent expansion of freshwater records into male and female categories.

Exhausted and fatigued from the chemotherapy treatment she’s currently undergoing, Kiwi angler Jane Amber Rooke was just looking forward to a relaxing day on the water when she boarded the Kahlua on July 27th, and headed offshore with Capt. Stuart Sheard in search of kingfish. Instead, she ended up in an hour long battle with the potential new women’s 8 kg southern yellowtail (Seriola lalandi) – an experience she’ll remember for the rest of her life, according Rooke’s testimony. The 39.40 kg (86 lb 13 oz) yellowtail was hooked off New Zealand’s Cavalli Islands, after it crushed the live blue koheru she was trolling. If approved, Rooke’s incredible catch will exceed the current record by nearly 15 kg (30 lb)!

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