August 21, 2017
WORLD RECORDS: hot catches for August 2017
Aussie angler Vicki Searle potentially set the new women's 2 kg (4 lb) line class world record for narrowbarred mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson) with this 18.3 kg (40 lb 6 oz) fish she caught on June 21st while fishing off Dampier, Australia. Searle skillfully played the toothy mackerel for an hour after it ate the lure she was trolling. The current IGFA world record is 15.4 kg (33 lb 15 oz)
Aussie angler Kaitlyn Scholfield - age 10 - continues to produce incredible game fish catches, this time coming in the form of a 174.8 kg (385 lb 6 oz) striped marlin (Kajikia audax) that she caught on June 5th while fishing off Bermagui, Australia. Schofield needed nearly six hours to land the marlin after it ate the mackerel she was using for bait. If approved, the catch will earn Schofield both the Female Smallfry and women's 15 kg (30 lb) line class world records.
American angler Ling Yang caught and released this 27.2 kg (60 lb) alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) on July 3rd while fishing the Trinity River in Texas, USA with IGFA Captain Kirk Kirkland. Yang needed approximately 15 minutes to land the gar after it ate the carp she was using for bait. If approved, the catch will become the new women's 8 kg (16 lb) line class world record, as the current record in this class is 15.42 kg (34 lb).
Christopher Tan - IGFA Representative from Malaysia - recently submitted this 1.90 kg (4 lb 4 oz) two-barred barb (Hampala bimaculata) that he caught on June 16th while fishing the Murum Dam in Malaysia. If approved, the catch will earn Tan the new All-Tackle world record.