South African angler Tristan Schrieber – age 16 – caught this 35.8 kg (78 lb 14 oz) narrowbarred mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson) on May 5th which may become the new Male Junior world record. Schrieber was fishing out of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa when the massive mackerel hit the live maasbanker (goggle eye/jack mackerel) he was slow-trolling behind the Wattu, captained by PJ Botha. Schrieber needed approximately 20 minutes to bring the fish to gaff on the 10 kg (20 lb) gear he was using. The current IGFA world record is 31.8 kg (70 lb 1 oz).
Kiwi angler Sam Yendell – age 16 - caught this incredible 212.4 kg (468 lb 3 oz) swordfish (Xiphas gladius) on July 8th while fishing off Tutukaka, New Zealand. Fishing with 60 kg (130 lb) gear, Yendell needed one hour to land the swordfish after it ate the squid he was using for bait. If approved, the broadbill will earn Yendell the new Male Junior world record, which currently stands at 177.6 kg (391 lb 8 oz).