If final approval is granted by IGFA, as expected, the record will be the second all-tackle mark for Gibson, a former employee of NASA who managed spacecraft software on the Mercury, Apollo and Space Shuttle projects from 1959 to 1996. His first, a Jack Crevalle caught in 1982, was bested in 1991 by his buddy Nicolson. The Texas state record, a 210-pound tarpon, was broken in 2009 after 36 years in the book. In fact, of the nine records he has earned in a lifetime of fishing, only the Louisiana state-record tarpon and the world-record barracuda are current. "The rest are, as they say, 'retired,'" Gibson says. "Like me."