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August 29, 2015

WORLD RECORDS: hot catches August 2015


In south Florida, the full moon in the late summer months is one of the best times to target cubera snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus) on the reefs. Angler April Tambor discovered this first hand on July 29th while fishing off Miami, Florida, USA with Capt. Bouncer Smith. After dropping a live lobster to the bottom, it wasn’t long until Tambor’s rod doubled over from the brute force of the 18.37 kg (40 lb 8 oz) cubera on the other end of the line. After a tough 15 minute battle on heavy tackle, Tambor had the fish in the boat. If approved, the catch will earn her the new women’s 37 kg (80 lb) line class record, which has stood at 15.1 kg (33 lb 4 oz) since 2003.

Angler Maya Thompson – age 15 – caught the potential Female Junior World Record roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis) on August 6th while fishing out of Tropic Star Lodge, located in Pinas Bay, Panama. Thompson needed only 10 minutes to best the hard-fighting rooster, after it crushed the live bonito she was trolling. With the current Female Junior record standing at 24.45 kg (53 lb 14 oz), Thompson’s catch would easily take the new record if approved.

German angler Joachim Ochmann traveled to Spain’s famed Rio Ebro to target the highly sought after wels (Silurus glanis) – one of the largest freshwater species in the world. Ochmann’s efforts were rewarded on May 31st when he landed an incredible 56 kg (123 lb 7 oz) specimen on only 10 kg (20 lb) gear. The experienced angler needed only 30 minutes to land the huge wels after it ate the pellet bait he was fishing. Once subdued, the fish was quickly weighed from a sling, properly documented, and released alive. If approved, Ochmann’s catch would easily replace the existing men’s 10 kg (20 lb ) line class record, which stands at 10.66 kg (23 lb 8 oz).

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