Richard Nicholas Anderson
Greenville, NC
Blue Catfish
All-Tackle Record + Men's 30 lb Line Class Record
143 lbs.
The Lowdown: Last summer, Greg Bernal made history and shocked the angling world with his 130 lb. All-Tackle blue catfish that he pulled from the Missouri River. Not more than a year later, on June 18, 2011, Richard Nicholas Anderson pulled a blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) from Kerr Lake, Virginia, USA that tops Bernal's fish by 13 lb and qualifies for both the new potential All-Tackle and men's 15 kg (30 lb) line class records. Anderson was fishing with his father and close friend. The fish was subdued 45 minutes later and Anderson was exhausted. Nevertheless, the excited anglers rushed back to the docks to get an official weight on this new potential record fish. Bait Used: chicken livers.
Maureen Klause
Ocean City, NJ
Striped Bass
Women’s Line Class Record
30 lbs 9 oz
The Lowdown: Angler Maureen Klause took advantage of New Jersey’s early summer striper run by landing the new potential women’s 02 kg (4 lb) line class record on May 31, 2011. Klause was fishing with guide Richard D. Wheeler in the Shark River Inlet, NJ when she hooked this summer striper. After a tense 24-minute fight, Klause landed the fish and was on her way back to the docks. The current IGFA record is 30 lb 6oz.
Bait Used: live menhaden
Rafael F. Llamozas
Salt Lake City, UT
Peacock Bass
All-Tackle Length Record
88cm **
The Lowdown:** Rafael F. Llamozas traveled to Colombia in early April to target some of the country’s infamous peacock bass. On April 4, 2011 with a local guide, Llamozas hooked this massive speckled peacock. Rafael released his catch safely after measuring and photographing the potential record fish.
Bait Used: yellow and red peacock jig
Eilish Hargen
Christchurch, New Zealand
Female Junior Record
179 lb 10 oz
The Lowdown: Angler Eilish Hargen is dwarfed by the swordfish she landed on May 23, 2011 while fishing off Cape Karikari, New Zealand. Hargen’s captain, Jason Wootton, was trolling a Yo-Zuri squid when the fish hit, and the young angler landed her prize in just 20 minutes. The current IGFA record is 155 lb 13 oz.
Bait Used: Yo-Zuri squid
John E. Richardson
Bellville, TX
Yellowfin Tuna
Men’s 4 lb. Line Class Record
64 lb 4 oz
The Lowdown: For years, angler John E. Richardson has been going down to Piñas Bay, Panama to experience it’s world-class fishery; but according to Richardson, this year the fishing was even better than usual, especially for tuna. The abundance of yellowfin tuna schools feeding on the surface made it possible for Richardson to land this 64 lb 4 oz yellowfin on June 9, 2011, to qualify for the men’s 4 lb line class record. This amazing feat was accomplished in just one minute. The current IGFA record is 25 kg (55 lb 1 oz).
Bait Used: live blue runner
Christopher S.G. Tan
Kajang, Malaysia
All-Tackle Length Record
71 cm
The Lowdown: IGFA Representative Christopher S.G. Tan was fishing in Belum, Malaysia with guide Mohd Hafzi on March 6, 2011 when he landed this snakehead. This potential All-Tackle Length record was caught in just one minute. As with every potential All-Tackle Length record, Tan’s fish was released alive after being measured and photographed. The current IGFA record is 69 cm.
Bait Used: Sebile Stick Shad lure
Martini Arostegui
Coral Gables, FL
Black Grouper
Men’s 50 lb Line-Class Record (tie)
18 lb
The Lowdown: IGFA Lifetime Achiever Martini Arostegui took a break from his college studies to do some grouper fishing with his father and Captain Ralph Delph down in Key West. The group of experienced anglers went out on June 14, 2011 and landed this 18 lb black grouper. After a tough 15 minutes, the fish was boated and on ice. If approved, Arostegui’s catch would tie the existing men’s 24 kg (50 lb) line class record.
Bait Used: live pinfish
Patrick Sebile
Fort Pierce, Florida
Pacific Cubera Snapper
All-Tackle Length Record
: 88 cm
The Lowdown: Sebile, an angler, lure manufacturer and IGFA representative, pulled this impressive snapper on Feb. 11 while fishing in Chiriqui, Panama. It took him 10 minutes to land the fish, which was photographed, measured and released as with every All-Tackle Length record fish.
Bait Used: Sebile Magic Swimmer
Eryn Jacobsen
North Cape, New Zealand
Pacific Blue Marlin
Women’s line-class record
Weight: 400 lbs. 12 oz.
The Lowdown:
Jacobsen hooked into this monster pacific blue marlin off the coast of North Cape in Febriary on just 12-pound gear. Five grueling hours after the marlin hit the line, Jacobsen and the crew of the Hookin’ Bull boated this monster that more than doubles the current record of 189 lbs. 8 oz.
Bait Used: trolled dead skipjack
Trevor Hansen
South Africa
Billfish Royal Slam Club
The Lowdown: Hansen caught his first billfish, a Pacific sailfish, in February, 1991 off the coast of Comores, Africa. Almost 20 years to the date and eight billfish species later, Hansen became the first South African Member of the IGFA’s Billfish Royal Slam Club. All of his billfish were caught from his native land of South Africa, other than his Pacific sailfish and his Pacific blue marlin, which were caught near Kona, Hawaii on July 26, 2006. Hansen landed his remaining three Atlantic billfish species during a seven-day trip to Brazil last February, a blue marlin, a white marlin and a sailfish.
Charles F. Ebanks
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
All-Tackle Record
160 lb. 11 oz.
The Lowdown: Ebanks, already the current all-tackle record holder for escolar one-upped himself when he landed this huge on Dec. 15, 2010 while fishing off Grand Cayman after a 25 minute fight.
Bait Used: squid
Dr. Gilberto Fernandes
Rio Amazonas, Brazil
Tiger Sorubim
All-Tackle record, Line-Class record
48 lb. 8 oz.
The Lowdown: Fernandes was fishing his native Rio Amazonas on Feb. 13, 2011 when he hooked into this monster. It replaces his current all-tackle record of 45 lb 10 oz and would also qualify him for the 12-lb line class record.
Bait Used: live bait
Laurel David
Hollywood, Florida
Female Smallfry record
48 lbs.
The Lowdown: Young Laurel David hooked this record-setter on Feb 23, 2011 while fishing off Key Biscayne, Forlida and landed it after a 30-minute battle.
Bait Used: live pinfish
Brett Warrick
Westerville, Ohio
Tippet Class record
10 lb. 5 oz.
The Lowdown: Warrick landed this big ‘un while fishing the Alum Creek Spillway in Ohio, qualifying him for the currently vacant muskellunge record.
Bait Used: black fly
Bradley Tong
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Southern Yellowtail
All-Tackle Length record
The Lowdown: Tong was speed jigging off Mayor Island, New Zealand on Feb. 23, 2011 when he hooked into this gorgeous southern yellowtail. The angler and his guide were able to land, document and cleanly release the fish, qualifying if for the all-tackle length record for the species. Tong landed the fish in only six minutes. The record is currently vacant.
Bait Used: River 2 – Sea Knife jig
Michael Romano
Hudson, Ohio
Atlantic Snook
All-Tackle Length record
70 cm
The Lowdown: Romano made a trip to Marco Island, Florida on March 21, 2011 and landed this snook fly fishing from a dock. The catch is an example of how the All-Tackle Length program allows anglers to target fish for records even out of season.
Bait Used: white bucktail fly
Dr. J.A. Llera
Miami Lakes, Florida
All-Tackle Length record
62 cm
The Lowdown: Llera spent the weekend of March 26, 2011 in Key Largo, Florida where he was able to land and release this impressive bonefish after a 15 minute drag-screaming battle.
Bait Used: shrimp fly
Denis Harrold
Bardon, Queensland, Australia
All-Tackle & Men’s Line Class Record (30 lb.)
98 lbs 6 oz.
The Lowdown: Harrold was fishing Lake Monduran, Australia on Dec. 12, 2010 when he landed this monstrous barramundi after a grueling 15-minute fight from his kayak.
Bait Used: Squidgies Slick rig
Alejandro Linares
Medellin, Colombia
Turquoise Cichlid
All-Tackle Record
10 lbs. 8 oz.
The Lowdown: Linares was looking to surpass his current all-tackle turquoise cichlid record when he visited Quebrada Yanacue, Colombia on Dec. 31, 2010. He did just that, landing this fish after only three minutes.
Bait Used: Rapala Xrap 10
Phillip W. Richmond, Jr.
Los Chagos, Diego Garcia
Eightbar Grouper
All-Tackle Record
76 lbs. 6 oz.
The Lowdown: Richmond was fishing with a local guide when he landed this beautiful eightbar grouper while stationed in Los Chagos, Diego Garcia on Dec. 11, 2010.
Bait Used: jighead and scampi lure
Mike Livingston
Sunland, California
Yellowfin Tuna
All-Tackle Men’s Line Class (130 lb.)
405 lbs.
The Lowdown: Livingston was on a long range boat in San Diego, California when he landed this monster after a 2 hour, 40 minute fight on Nov. 30, 2010 outside Magdalena Bay, Mexico.
Bait Used: sardine
Dotty Ballantyne
Bozeman, Montana
Women’s Tippet Class Record (8 lb.)
21 lbs. 8 oz.
The Lowdown: Ballantyne, a veteran fly angler, landed this cobia after a 25 minute fight in Key West, Florida on Dec. 31, 2010.
Bait Used: baitfish fly
Bo Nelson
Oro Valley, Arizona
Bull Trout
Tippet Class Record
12 lbs.
The Lowdown: Nelson, an IGFA representative, was fly fishing the Flathead River in British Columbia, Canada on Aug. 19 when he landed this monster. Nelson currently holds three tippet records for the species.
Bait Used: egg pattern fly
Kevin Wong **
Virginia Beach, VA
Brand New IGFA All-Tackle Record**
Weight: 8 lbs. 5 oz.
The Lowdown: Wong was fishing the Norfolk Canyon off the Virginia coastline when he landed this bright deep-water dweller after a 20-minute fight.
Bait Used: squid
Gregory Grant
Johannesburg, South Africa
Sharptooth catfish
130-Pound Line Class Record
21 lbs.
The Lowdown: Grant was fishing South Africa’s Zoo Lake in September when he landed this sharptooth catfish in 15 minutes.
Bait Used: small carp head
Phillip W. Richmond, Jr.
White-blotched grouper
All-Tackle Record
18 lbs. 6oz.
The Lowdown: While stationed with the U.S. military at Chagos on the small island of Diego Garcia in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Richmond landed this beast after only two minutes. The current record is vacant.
Bait Used: Yozurki popper