An All-Tackle Halibut and Seven More Pending IGFA Record Fish

Check out some recent catches that might earn these anglers a spot in the IGFA record books. From bull-dogging tuna … Continued

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Chalk up a win for Storm Lures with this catch. Using a Storm jig off the coast of Kvalsunclet, Norway, angler Ulf Hugsen bested this 432-pound, one-ounce** Atlantic halibut**. The battle lasted over and hour and a half, and the fish beat out the current all-tackle world record by more than 12 pounds. Courtesy of I.G.F.A.
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On February 8th, Mark Hope of Queensland, Australia, hooked up this 51-pound barramundi on live bait in Lake Tinaroo. Hope’s fish will knock out the old 80-pound line-class record of 44 pounds, 15 ounces, which he also set back in December of 2008. Courtesy of I.G.F.A.
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This** orinoco peacock bass** may not be big, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in beauty. Although, it was big enough to make angler Alejandro Linares a contender for the two-pound line-class record for this species. His bass weighed in at two-pounds, eight-pounces, beating the old record of one-pound, eight-ounces set in 2008. Linares’ fish came from Columbia’s Rio Mataven. Courtesy of I.G.F.A.
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Ronnie Eidson of Watauga, Texas, landed this smallmouth buffalo on Grapevine Lake. The fish grabbed a Berkley Honey Worm, and put Eidson in the running for the four-pound line-class record. His fish tipped the scales at 20 pounds, 12 ounces, trumping the former record by more than three pounds. Courtesy of I.G.F.A.
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Kirk Kirland of Nabozny, Texas, may prove to be an IGFA pioneer if his smallmouth buffalo takes the 12-pound tippet line-class fly record. That’s because it’s currently a vacant spot in the IGFA books. His fish, taken on Livingston Lake with a shrimp fly, was released after Kirkland recorded its weight of ten pounds, eight ounces. Courtesy of I.G.F.A.
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Another IGFA first-time contneder is Sangeeta Menon of Spearwood, Australia. She’s hoping her southern bluefin tuna will be the first to fill the record slot in the women’s four-pound line-class category. Menon hooked into this tuna using a trolling lure called a Christmas tree, and fought the eight-pound, six-ounce fish for 42 minutes off Australia’s Rottsnest Island. Courtesy of I.G.F.A.
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Fishing Russia’s River Uda near Khabarovsk Krai in the center of the far east section of Siberia, Mikhail Mogutov of Moscow battled and beat this 70-pound taimen. Mogutov has his fingers crossed that his catch will be approved, topping the former 80-pound line-class record of 40 pounds, 14 ounces, on the books since June, 2006. Courtesy of I.G.F.A.
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Here’s an amazing feat for you. Dotty Ballantyne of Bozeman, Montana, who holds many line-class records, may obliterate the former four-pound tippet fly record for whaler shark that is currently 18 pounds, eight ounces. Her whaler, caught in March in the Bahamas is a whopping 75 pounds, eight ounces, and took her nearly an hour to subdue. Courtesy of I.G.F.A.

Check out some recent catches that might earn these anglers a spot in the IGFA record books. From bull-dogging tuna on four-pound-test line to epic halibut battles, these fish may be the ones to beat for future record-hunters.