I came across this blog post over on montanaflyfishingguides.com and while the dates don’t seem to jive with when it was written I thought I’d revisit this question that we’ve posed a couple of times here on flytalk.
The blog sates that, “Our good friend Captain Ted Christie of the Florida Keys and angler Michael Swerdlow of Islamorada caught a pending world record bonefish on fly November 27, 2008. (I’m still not sure if he meant to say 2009) Michael’s bonefish weighed 15 pounds, 6 ounces and was on 16 pound tippet. Michael is an dedicated angler spending countless days looking for these monster ghosts of the flats.”
The previous IGFA men’s record was 14 pounds, 12 ounces on November 2001 also at Islamorada.
It would appear that the angler and captain either…
…killed the fish for the record books or it died after the ensuing fight. The back story says nothing about if the fish was alive or dead. Either way this is a tremendous catch and excellent fish. But…
Curious how you all feel about record keeping and killing animals just for a record? I do kill fish to eat them, but that’s it. I’m sure most people with big game mounts on their walls also ate the animals.
I can’t say I’ve ever had a potential world record in my hands, but I still can’t imagine bonking it over the head just to get my name in some book. How about you?