"Number one, the rod was passed angler to anger during the fight. After that, it didn't get officially weighed. We require any world-record fish to be weighed on an IGFA-certified scale; you'd have to be prepped well ahead of time for a fish like this, with a tri-pod and IGFA-certified scale at the ready," Vitek said. "Catch and release is not acceptable for official world-record status. There is a length record category for many species, however. But it must be calculated with a measuring device. Tarpon, though, are not acceptable for length-only records at the time."