While fishing the infamous Hannibal Bank off the Pacific coast of Panama on November 26th, Costa Rican angler Christian Hampl caught what could become the new men’s 6 kg (12 lb) line class world record for mullet snapper (Lutjanus aratus). Hampl needed nearly 30 minutes to land the 10.35 kg (22 lb 13 oz) fish, after it hit the live blue runner he was fishing near the bottom. The current IGFA world record is 9.66 kg (21 lb 5 oz).
Japanese angler Isamu Kinoshita caught what could become the new All-Tackle Japanese Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus niphonius) on December 27th, while fishing off Japan’s Goto Islands. Kinoshita needed only 15 minutes to land the 10.57 kg (23 lb 4 oz) mackerel, after it crushed the butterfly jig he was working. If approved, the catch will replace the existing All-Tackle record of 9.35 kg (20 lb 10 oz).