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February 25, 2018

WORLDS RECORDS: hot catches February 2018

Russian angler Ilya Sherbovich potentially set the new All-Tackle world record for snubnose pompano (Trachinotis blocheii) with this gorgeous 5.98 kg (13 lb 3 oz) specimen that he caught while fly-fishing the flats of the Seychelles on February 9. Fishing with guide Kyle Simpson, Sherbovich coerced a bite from the notoriously stubborn pompano with a well-placed cast and custom crab-patterned fly. The fish was landed after a 12 minute fight, and was quickly weighed, documented, and released alive. The current All-Tackle world record is 5.08 kg (11 lb 3 oz).

Junior angler Rex Clarke - age 12 - recently caught this 29.85 kg (65 lb 12 oz) great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) while trolling a dead mackerel off the coast of Kilifi, Kenya on February 12. Using only 6 kg (12 lb) line, Clarke skillfully played the fish for approximately 30 minutes before it was landed. If approved, the catch will earn Clarke the new Male Junior world record and the men's 6 kg (12 lb) line class world record, which stand at 23.4 kg (51 lb 9 oz) and 29.03 kg (63 lb 15 oz), respectively.

American angler Meredith McCord potentially set the new women’s 4 kg (8 lb) tippet class world record for rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) with this beautiful 4.93 kg (10 lb 14 oz) fish that she caught and released on January 25 while fly-fishing Strobel Lake, Argentina. McCord needed only three minutes to subdue the trout after it ate the nymph she was casting. If approved, the catch will replace the existing world record of 2.55 kg (5 lb 9 oz).

Japanese angler Mari Kitagawa caught, tagged, and released this 2.22 kg (4 lb 15 oz) blackfin seabass (Lateolabrax latus) on December 30 while fly-fishing Urado Bay, Japan. Kitagawa needed less than a minute to subdue the fish after it ate the streamer patterned fly she was casting. If approved, the catch will earn Kitagawa the new women’s 3 kg (6 lb) tippet class world record, which currently stands at 1.3 kg (2 lb 13 oz).


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