Patrick Sebile
Lake Okeechobee, FL, USA
Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 61 cm
The Lowdown:
Angler Patrick Sebile was fishing with local guide Jeff Brooks on May 6, 2012 when he pulled a largemouth from Lake Okeechobee. Sebile landed the fish in a minute. Sebile’s catch was released alive, qualifying him for the potential new All-Tackle Length record. The existing record stands at 59 cm.
Bait Used: Sebile Proppler Buzz
Kathleen J. Rounds
Clipperton Atoll
Bluefin Trevally (Caranx melampygus)
Women’s 15kg (30 lb) Line Class Record and All-Tackle Record
Weight: 13.24 kg (29 lb 3 oz)
The Lowdown:
California native Kathleen J. Rounds recently traveled to the Clipperton Attoll to target the variety of game fish species found around this eastern Pacific Ocean island. On April 13, 2012 with guide Jonathan Yamate, Rounds needed 20 minutes to land a bluefin, qualifying her for the potential All-Tackle record as well as the women’s 15 kg (30 lb) line class record. The current IGFA record is 11.99 kg (26 lb 7 oz).
Bait Used: Salas 7x Spoon
Rainer Korn
Skjerstadfjord, Norway
Atlantic Halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus)
Men’s 10kg (20lb) Line Class Record
Weight: 15.9 kg (35 lb)
The Lowdown:
German angler Rainer Korn, was fishing off of Skjerstadfjord, Norway on May 13, 2012 when he landed an Atlantic halibut. Korn needed 15 minutes to boat the potential men’s 10 kg (20 lb) line class record. The current record stands at 6.04 kg (13 lb 5 oz).
Bait Used: Shad
Jessie Wright
Garden Patch, New Zealand
Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
Female Junior Record
Weight: 165.2 kg (364 lb 3 oz)
The Lowdown:
Swordfish are considered by many anglers to be among the toughest fighting gamefish in the sea, but that reputation did not deter Jessie Wright. Fishing on April 9, 2012, the 16-year-old angler landed a quality broadbill in just over four hours after it took the rigged squid they were drifting. This potential record was landed on the Western Break, captained by Nathan Adams who also has a pending men’s 37 kg (80 lb) line class record for Pacific bluefin tuna. The current female Junior record stands at 81.5 kg (179 lb 10 oz) and was also caught in New Zealand.
Bait Used: Rigged Squid
Hennie Moller
Kakamas, South Africa
Sharptooth Catfish (Clarias gariepinus)
Men’s 24 kg (50lb) Line Class Record
Weight: 18.26 kg (40 lb 4 oz)
The Lowdown:
South African angler Hennie Moller landed a sharptooth catfish on April 17, 2012. After the catfish ate a live mudfish, this potential record catch was landed in 10 minutes and released alive after the necessary documentation was taken. The current IGFA record is 15.1 kg (33 lb 4 oz).
Bait Used: Live Mudfish
Matthew Nadeau
Lake McConaughy, Nebraska
Whiterock Bass (Morone saxatilis x M. chrysops)
Men’s 8 kg (16lb) Tippet Class Record
Weight: 5.36 kg (11 lb 12 oz)
The Lowdown:
Angler Matthew Nadeau of Lafayette, Colorado, USA landed a whiterock bass on June 9, 2012. Nadeau landed the fish in three minutes after it ate the streamer fly he was casting. If approved, Nadeau’s fish will replace the existing 8 kg (16 lb) tippet class record which stands at 4.98 kg (11 lb).
Bait Used: Streamer Fly
Cassandra Murphy
Morten Island, Australia
Longtail Tuna (Thunnus tonggol)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 110 cm
The Lowdown:
Aussie angler Cassandra Murphy was fishing with Jim Maguire out of Morten Island, Australia on June 19, 2012 when she landed an impressive longtail tuna. Murphy needed 40 minutes to land this potential All-Tackle Length fish. As with every All-Tackle Length record, this fish was released alive after the necessary documentation. This record is currently vacant.
Bait Used: Slimy Mackerel
Jim Gigger
Cape Karikari, New Zealand
Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
Men’s 37 kg (80lb) Line Class Record
Weight: 404.4 kg (891 lb 8 oz)
The Lowdown:
Jim Gigger was fishing off Cape Karikari, aboard the Primetime with Capt. John Gregory, on April 9, 2012. It took Gigger one hour and 20 minutes to reel in this 891-pound, 8-ounce swordfish after the fish took the skipjack tuna the men had rigged for bait. The existing record stands at 369 kg (813 lb 7 oz) for a fish caught in May 28, 2003 in the same location.
Bait used: Skipjack tuna
Heather Michelle Harkavy
Permit (Trachinotus falcatus)
Female Junior Record
Weight: 14.51 kg (32 lb)
The Lowdown:
Heather Michelle Harkavy is no stranger to the record books, and at age 17 she has accumulated nearly 100 records. Harvkavy’s recent permit could add to that total, as it qualifies for the potential Female Junior record. Harvkavy was fishing with Capt. Mike Holliday on June 8, 2012. Fifteen minutes after Harvkavy boated the fish, she had obtained an accurate weight reading and released her catch alive. If approved, Harvkavy’s fish will best the existing record by 2 lb.
Bait Used: Live Crab
Daniel Lopuszanski
Pointe Noire, Congo
Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)
Men’s 8 kg (16 lb) Line Class Record
Weight: 105.2 kg (231 lb 14 oz)
The Lowdown:
Angler Daniel Lopuszanski might have bested his own record while fishing with local guide Maurice Gregoire on April 4, 2012. The men were fishing out of Pointe Noire, Congo with live baitfish when Lopuszanski hooked this 231-pound, 14 oz tarpon. The fight lasted for one hour. The current record is 92 kg (202 lb 13oz).
Bait used: Live baitfish
Michael J. Sadar
Uruguay River
Dorado (Salminus brasiliensis)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 103 cm
The Lowdown:
Angler Michael J. Sadar was casting a black and red streamer fly on the Uruguay River with local guide Rico Enzo on April 22, 2012. This 103-cm dorado took the fly and Sadar landed the fish in seven minutes. The fish was released alive after the catch was documented. The current IGFA record is 97 cm.
Bait used: Black and red streamer fly
Dotty Ballantyne
Key West, Florida
Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)
Women’s 4 kg (8 lb) Tippet Class Record
Weight: 8.87 (19 lb 9 oz)
The Lowdown:
Dotty Ballantyne was targeting barracuda while fishing with Capt. Robert Trosset out in Key West, Fla. on May 11, 2012. She landed this 19-pound, 9-ounce great barracuda after the fish ate her baitfish pattern fly. The fight lasted six minutes. The current record stands at 6.57 kg (14 lb 8 oz).
Bait used: Baitfish pattern fly
Louis W. Melton
Delaware Bay
Black drum (Pogonias cromis)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 125 cm
The Lowdown:
Louis W. Melton traveled to the Delaware Bay to fish with Capt. Brian Wazkavek on May 18, 2012. This 125-cm black drum inhaled one of the surf clams that Melton was using as bait. He fought the fish for 17 minutes and released it safely after it was photographed and measured. The current record stands at 121 cm.
Bait used: Surf clams
Andreas Siegesmund
Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 136 cm
The Lowdown:
Andreas Siegesmund was on vacation in Guinea-Bissau. He was fishing around Acunda-Bijugos with local guide Jean-Robin Dubouchet on April 27, 2012 when this 136-cm cobia ate the live bait Siegemund was using. The fight lasted for 25 minutes, and the fish was released alive after it was weighed and photographed. The current IGFA record stands at 101 cm.
Bait used: Live bait
Frank Young
Dry Tortugas
Black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci)
Men’s 10 kg (20 lb) Line Class Record
Weight: 10.23 kg (22 lb 9 oz)
The Lowdown:
Angler Frank Young, a Florida Keys native, was fishing off the Dry Tortugas on May 6, 2012. Using squid as bait, he hooked and landed this 22-pound, 9-ounce black grouper after an eight-minute battle. The current IGFA record is 8.16 kg (18 lb).
Bait used: Squid
Gilberto Fernandes
Igarape Taboca, Brazil
Electric eel (Electrophorus electricus)
All-Tackle Record
Weight: 3.36 kg (7 lb 6 oz)
The Lowdown:
Angler Gilberto Fernandes was fishing in Igarape Taboca on May 5, 2012 when landed this 7-pound, 6-ounce electric eel. He was soaking cut bait and boated the eel in about three minutes.
Bait used: Cut bait
Austin Anderson
Lake Fork, Texas
Smallmouth Buffalo (Ictiobus bubalus)
Male Junior Record and 24 kg (50 lb) Line Class Record
Weight: 22.85 kg (50 lb 6 oz)
The Lowdown:
Angler Austin Anderson used a dough ball for bait while fishing in Lake Fork, Texas on March 3, 2012. He hooked this 50-pound, 6-ounce smallmouth buffalo, and he needed 40 minutes to land the fish. This smallmouth buffalo qualifies him for both the male Junior record and the 24 kg line class record. The fish was weighed on the riverbank and released alive. The current male Junior record stands at 3.86 kg (8 lb 8 oz) and the 24 kg (50 lb) line class record is 8.77 kg (19 lb 5 oz).
Bait used: Dough ball
Nathan Adams
Houhora, New Zealand
Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis)
Men’s 37 kg (80 lb) Line Class Record
Weight: 335.4 kg (739 lb 6 oz)

The Lowdown: Kiwi angler Nathan Adams was fishing on the “Western Break” on Feb. 17, 2012, when he hooked into this enormous Pacific bluefin tuna. The fish smashed the rigged skipjack tuna he was trolling, and Adams landed the fish after a grueling 40-minute battle. The tuna measured more than eight feet long and surpassed the existing record by more than 200 pounds.
Bait used: Rigged skipjack tuna
Gregory Tordjeman
Islas Secas, Panama
Bluefin Trevally (Caranx melampygus)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 76 cm
The Lowdown:
Gregory Tordejeman recently traveled to Panama to fish with local guide Olivier Charpentier. He caught this 76-cm long bluefin trevally on a Sebile Stick Shad off of Islas Secas on Jan. 8, 2012. The fish was measured on an IGFA Official Measuring Device and released alive. The current IGFA record is 70 cm.
Bait used: Sebile Stick Shad
Mauro Marzaduri
Olbia, Italy
Dentex (Dentex dentex)
Men’s 10 kg (20 lb) Line Class Record
Weight: 11.97 kg (26 lb 6 oz)
The Lowdown:
Angler Mauro Marzaduri was fishing with guide Giusepe Galliani on Jan. 1, 2012 when he landed this dentex. He was using live squid for bait and he needed 30 minutes to bring the fish off the bottom. Not a bad way to kick off the New Year.
Bait used: Live squid
Christopher S.G. Tan
Selangor, Malaysia
Snakehead (Channa spp.)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 85 cm
The Lowdown:
Christopher S.G. Tan was trolling a Halco lure in Selangor, Malaysia on March 28, 2012 when he landed this 85-cm snakehead. He landed the fish in five minutes and quickly measured, photographed and released the fish alive.
Bait used: Halco lure
Peter F. Binaski
Hobe Sound, Florida
Crevalle Jack (Caranx hippos)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 87 cm
The Lowdown:
Peter F. Binaski traveled from his home in California to south Florida to fly fish for near shore game species. Fishing off Hobe Sound with Captain Quintin Hall on March 30, 2012, Binaski fooled this 87-cm crevalle jack with a deceiver fly. The fish was boated after a 35-minute fight. The current IGFA record is 85 cm.
Bait used: Deceiver fly
Derek Szczepaniak
Ft. Pierce, Florida
Atlantic Snook (Centropomus spp.)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 98 cm
The Lowdown:
Angler Derek Szczepaniak caught his first snook ever on March 27,2012. He was fishing with Captain Peter Deeks off Ft. Pierce, Fla. This 98-cm Atlantic snook took the live pilchard he was using as bait. Szczepaniak landed the fish after a 15-minute fight. The fish was released after photos and measurements were taken. The current IGFA record is 92 cm.
Bait used: Live pilchard
Sue Tindale
Hapuku (Polyprion oxygeneios)
All-Tackle Record
Weight: 23.2 kg (51 lb 2 oz)
The Lowdown:
Kiwi angler Sue Tindale was fishing aboard “Sue’s Rock” with her husband, Captain Scott Tindale, on Feb. 28, 2012, when she landed this 51-pound, 2-ounce Hapuku. She was using skipjack for bait, and she landed the fish after a 35-minute fight. The current IGFA record is vacant.
Bait used: Skipjack
Stan Nabozny
Tennessee River, Tennessee
Striped bass (Morone saxatilis)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 103 cm
The Lowdown:
Stan Nabozny caught this trophy striper while fishing the Tennessee River on March 27, 2012 with guide Stever Baker. The 103-cm landlocked striped bass ate the live threadfin Nabozny used for bait. He landed the fish after a 10-minute fight. The catch was documented and the fish was quickly released. The current IGFA record is 84 cm.
Bait used: Live threadfin
Benchawan Thiansungnoen
Khao Laem Dam, Thailand
Rohu (Labeo rohita)
All-Tackle Record
13.35 kg (29 lb 13 oz)
The Lowdown: Australian native Benchawan Thiansungnoen has been spending time in Thailand racking up records on some unique freshwater species. One of her most recent catches is a rohu caught on January 6, 2012. Thiansungnoen’s fish ate a lump of bread mix she was soaking, and after a quick 5 minute fight, the rohu was subdued. After snapping a few photos and getting the necessary measurements, Thiansungnoen released this new potential record fish alive. The existing IGFA record stands at 12.5 kg (27 lb 8 oz).
Bait Used: Lump of bread mix
Charlotte Moller
Lake Tinaroo, Australia
Barramundi (Lates calcarifer)
Female Smallfry Record
25.15 kg (55 lb 7 oz)
The Lowdown: Smallfry Aussie angler Charlotte Moller was fishing with her family on February 18, 2012 in Australia’s Lake Tinaroo. Charlotte was able to land her impressive fish in 35 minutes under the watchful eye of her father and guide, Shane Moller. Charlotte’s fish ate a live baitfish under a float. The current IGFA record is 12.2 kg (26 lb 14 oz).
Bait Used: Live baitfish under a float
Emil Terry
Cayman Islands
Escolar (Lepidocybium flavobrunneum)
All-Tackle Record
78.81 kg (173lb 12oz)
The Lowdown: The Cayman Islands have produced another potential record escolar! This time it was local angler Emil Terry who boated the potential record fish; a monster that he landed in 25 minutes after it hit the strip bait he was drifting with guide Jonathan Ebanks, and current record holder Charles Ebanks, whose current record stands at 72.89 kg (160 lb 11 oz).
Bait Used: Strip bait
Fabricio Bigua
Serra da Mesa Lake, Brasil
Blue peacock (Cichla piquiti)
All-Tackle Record
4.54 kg (10 lb 0 oz)
The Lowdown: Brazilian angler Fabricio Bigua was fishing with guide Fabricio B. de Camargos on Nov. 12, 2011 when he landed a potential record. After a quick five mintue fight, Bigua was able to photograph, weigh, measure and release the fish alive. The current IGFA record is 4.02 kg (8 lb 13 oz).
Bait Used: Tmakatsu-Trainao
Bob Gaines
Smith River, California, USA
Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
All-Tackle Length Record
111 cm
The Lowdown: Angler Bob Gaines of Irvine, California, USA, landed a massive Chinook on Dec. 15, 2011 while fly casting on the Smith River, California with guide Andy Martin. Gaines fought the salmon for 40 minutes before finally bringing it in the boat. As with all potential All-Tackle Length records, the fish was released alive after the necessary photos and measurements were taken. The current IGFA record stands at 84 cm.
Bait Used: Orange shrimp fly
Christopher J. Hudson
The Bahamas
Red grouper (Epinephelus morio)
Men’s 8 kg (16 lb) Line Class Record
10.21 kg (22 lb 8 oz)
The Lowdown: Angler Christopher J. Hudson, of Rockledge, Florida, USA, was bottom fishing in the Bahamas with friend and captain Scott Lehrmann on Jan. 9, 2012, when he landed a red grouper. It took Hudson only 5 minutes to pull from the bottom. The current IGFA record is 8.84 kg (19 lb 8 oz).
Bait Used: Guppy Bucktail Jig
Eric Haataja
Milwaukee Harbour, Wisconsin, USA
Brown trout (Salmo trutta)
All-Tackle Length Record
97 cm
The Lowdown: On Dec. 16, 2011, angler Eric Haataja landed a brown trout. After a tough 10 minute fight, Eric boated the brownie to measure and photograph, before releasing it alive. Measuring 97 cm, Haataja’s fish qualifies for the potential new All-Tackle Length record, as the existing record stands at 64 cm.
Bait Used: Skirted Jig
Gerhard Posch
Palm Tree Lagoon, Thailand
Massive catla (Catla catla)
All-Tackle Record
18.9 kg (41 lb 10 oz)
The Lowdown: Bangkok native Gerhard Posch traveled to Thailand’s Palm Tree Lagoon to target some of the unique freshwater species found there. While soaking a bread mix on Dec. 23, 2011, Posch hooked into a massive catla that took him 15 minutes to land. The record currently stands at 15.17 kg (33 lb 7 oz).
Bait Used: Bread mix
Eric Maurer
Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee, USA
Blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus)
37 kg (80lb) Line Class Record
Weight: 37.65 kg (83 lb)
The Lowdown:
Angler Eric Maurer landed a potential record for blue catfish – a species for which he has already achieved five world records from the same location, but most on 60 kg (130 lb) line class. Maurer was fishing on Mar. 15, 2012 when the monster hit and after a 15 minute fight, Maurer had the fish subdued. He quickly took the necessary measurements and photos before releasing the fish alive. The current IGFA record stands at 36.28 kg (80 lb) and was set in 1980 – making it the oldest record still standing for the species.
Bait Used: Cut skipjack herring
Maureen Klause
Delaware Bay, NY, USA
Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis)
Women’s All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 108 cm
The Lowdown:
Angler Maureen Klause of Ocean City, NJ, was fishing the bottom with Captain Ricky Wheeler on Dec. 4, 2011. After a 12 minute fight she landed the striper. They released it alive. The current IGFA record is 89 cm.
Bait Used: bunker (menhaden) head
Jean Paul Estradere
Isla Coiba, Panama
Pacific cubera snapper (Lutjanus novemfasciatus)
Men’s All-Tackle Length Record
115 cm
The Lowdown: French angler Jean Paul Estradere was casting topwater plugs on Nov. 25, 2011 when a massive snapper exploded on the Splaser. With the help of local guide Olivier Charpentier, Estradere was able to boat this potential record fish in 10 minutes. After a few quick photos and measurements, the toothy snapper was released alive to fight another day. The current IGFA record is 107 cm and is held by Estradere’s guide, Olivier Charpentier.
Bait Used: Sebile Splasher
Doug Bull
Holmes Reef, Australia
Great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)
Men’s 10 kg (20lb) Line Class Record
29.94 kg (66lb)
The Lowdown: Far from his home in Thayne, Wyoming, USA, angler Doug Bull landed the barracuda on Dec. 1, 2011. Guided by Martin DeBanks, Bull needed only 5 minutes to land the ‘cuda. The current IGFA record stands at 29.5 kg (65 lb 0 oz).
Bait Used: Cut skipjack
Lalie Tronel-Peyroz
St. Lawrence River, Canada
Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy)
Female Junior Record
18.63 kg (41lb 1oz)
The Lowdown: Junior angler Lalie Tronel-Peyroz of Saint Sauveur, Canada landed a huge muskellunge on Nov. 21, 2011. After a 15 minute fight, Tronel-Peyroz and guide Mary Thorpe quickly weighed the musky and released it alive. With the current record standing at 12.92 kg (28 lb 8 oz), Lalie’s fish easily qualifies for the potential new Female Junior record.
Bait Used: Depth Raider
Norifumi Yamamoto
Kushimoto, Japan
Japanese seabass (Suzuki) (Lateolabrax japonicus)
Men’s 4 kg (8lb) Line Class Record
8.65 kg (19lb 1oz)
The Lowdown: On Nov. 11, 2011, Japanese angler Norifumi Yamamoto traveled from his hometown of Wakayama to fish the shoreline of Kushimoto. Yamamoto was not disappointed, as he landed this impressive Suzuki. After a 25 minute battle from shore, Yamamoto had landed the potential record. The current IGFA record is 8.25 kg (18 lb 3 oz).
Bait Used: Daiwa shiner
Roberta G. Arostegui
Golfito, Costa Rica
Pacific snook (Centropomus spp.)
Women’s 24 kg (50 lb) Line Class Record
4.08 kg (9 lb)
The Lowdown: The rich fishing grounds of Golfito, Costa Rica have produced another potential record for angler Roberta G. Arostegui and her captain, IGFA Lifetime Achiever Bobby McGuinness. Arostegui needed 20 minutes to land this impressive Pacific snook on Jan. 4, 2012. The current IGFA record is 2.04 kg (4 lb 8 oz).
Bait Used: Live pilchard
Scott Tindale
Behinve Island, New Zealand
Snapper (squirefish) (Pagrus auratus)
Men’s 3 kg (6 lb) Tippet Class Record
4.75 kg (10 lb 7 oz)
The Lowdown: Kiwi angler Scott Tindale traveled from his home in Auckland to New Zealand in early December to target a variety of bottom species. On Dec. 9, 2011, he landed this gorgeous snapper. Tindale needed 25 minutes to land his potential record, which currently stands at 1.27 kg (2 lb 12 oz).
Bait Used: Bucktail sea habit fly
Nicholas Hamilton-Smith
Whakatane, New Zealand
Southern yellowtail (Seriola lalandi)
All-Tackle Length Record
131 cm
The Lowdown: Last December, Aussie angler Nicholas Hamilton-Smith traveled south to the neighboring country of New Zealand to do some offshore fishing out of the infamous Whakatane. While vertical jigging on Dec. 4, 2011, Hamilton-Smith hooked into a brute of a southern yellowtail after a tough 20 minute fight. By releasing the fish alive after the proper measuring and documentation on IGFA’s Official Measuring Device, Hamilton-Smith qualifies for the potential record – currently standing at 112 cm.
Bait Used: Vertical jig
Corey E. Nowakowski
Coral Springs, Florida, USA
Great snakehead (Channa marulius)
All-Tackle Record
5.44 kg (12 lb)
The Lowdown: Angler Corey E. Nowakowski of Tamarac, Florida, USA, was fishing on February 2, 2012 when he hooked into an enormous great snakehead. After a quick two minute fight, Corey had the potential All-Tackle record fish boated. The current IGFA record is 5.22 kg (11 lb 8 oz).
Bait Used: JD’s Custom Frog
Jaime Alfonso Nebot
Isla del Muerto, Ecuador
Broomtail grouper (Mycteroperca xenarcha)
New Male Smallfry Record
24.95 kg (55 lb)
The Lowdown: Smallfry angler Jaime Alfonso Nebot of Guayaquil, Ecuador was fishing with his father, Jaime Nebot, on January 23, 2012 off of Isla del Muerto when the rod got hit. After a tough 20 minute fight, the younger Nebot had a potential new male Smallfry record. The current IGFA record is 7.48 kg (16 lb 8 oz).
Bait Used: Mirrorlure plug
Sue Tindale
Kaipara Harbour, New Zealand
Short-tailed stingray (Dasyatis brevicaudatus)
All-Tackle Record
50.7 kg (111 lb 12 oz)
The Lowdown: Kiwi angler Sue Tindale continues her onslaught of record submittals with this unique species she caught while fishing on January 10, 2012. Using mullet for bait, Tindale needed 30 minutes to subdue a massive short-tailed stingray. Sue was guided to her potential new All-Tackle record by her husband, IGFA Captain Scott Tindale. The current IGFA record is vacant.
Bait Used: Mullet
Gary Douglas Beach
Sebastian, Florida, USA
Spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus)
All-Tackle Length Record
79 cm
The Lowdown: Angler Gary Douglas Beach of Ocean City, Maryland, USA recently took a trip to Sebastian, Florida to target the area’s world-class inshore fishing. Fishing with Capt. Gus Brugger on February 22, 2012, Beach found what he came for. The current IGFA record is 62 cm.
Bait Used: DOA Cal Jerkbait
Veronica Martinez de Sola
Isla Puna, Ecuador
Pacific snook (Centropomus spp.)
Women’s 2 kg (4lb) Line Class Record
2.27 kg (5 lb)
The Lowdown: Angler Veronica Martinez de Sola of Guayaquil, Ecuador landed this nice Pacific snook on February 18, 2012. After a quick 5 minute fight, Veronica’s catch qualifies her for the potential women’s 02 kg (4 lb) line class record. The current IGFA record is vacant.
Bait Used: Live Shrimp
Raz Reid
Boca Chica, Panama
Mullet snapper (Lutjanus aratus)
Men’s 8 kg (16lb) Tippet Class Record
5.47 kg (12 lb 1 oz)
The Lowdown: Traveling from his hometown of Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA, angler Raz Reid recently experienced the amazing fishery in Panama. On February 27, 2012, fishing with local guide Juan Martin Spragge, Reid landed a mullet snapper. Reid needed 15 minutes to land his potential record. The current IGFA record is 2.94 kg (9 lb 8 oz).
Bait Used: Clouser Minnow
Peter F. Binaski
Concordia, Argentina
Dorado (Salminus brasiliensis)
4 kg (8 lb) Tippet Class Record
7.7 kg (17 lb)
The Lowdown: IGFA Representative Peter F. Binaski of Costa Mesa, California, USA, landed a beautiful dorado. Binaski, who currently holds this tippet-class record as well as the 3 kg (6 lb) and 6 kg (12 lb) records for the species, was fishing with local guide Elbio Bordon on Jan. 6, 2012 when his fish ate a well-presented deceiver fly. After a tense 17 minute fight, Binaski landed the fish and quickly released it after completing the necessary documentation. Binaski’s current IGFA record stands at 6.58 kg (14 lb 8 oz).
Bait Used: Deceiver Fly
Dotty Ballantyne
Key West, Florida, USA
Bonnethead shark (Sphyrna tiburo)
3 kg (6 lb) Tippet Class Record
4.2 kg (9 lb 4 oz)
The Lowdown: Judging by this new record submission for bonnethead shark, angler Dotty Ballantyne has been taking advantage of the rich fishing grounds in Key West. Dotty was fishing with local captain Doug Kilpatrick on Mar. 14, 2012. After a 10 minute fight over the flats, Ballantyne was able to successfully catch and release the new potential record. If approved, this will be the 90th tippet-class record for the fly fishing aficionado, 27 of which have been for species of sharks. The current IGFA record is 3.18 kg (7 lb) and was set in McClellanville, South Carolina, USA late last year.
Bait Used: Custom Baitfish Fly
Joshua D. Lee
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, USA
Red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus)
All-Tackle Length Record
110 cm
The Lowdown: Angler Joshua D. Lee drove south from his hometown of Manassas, Virginia, USA to do some surf fishing on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina on Mar. 23, 2012. After fighting the fish for 13 minutes, Lee was able to land and properly document the fish before releasing it alive, potentially earning him a new record. The current IGFA record is 107 cm and was set on Fisherman’s Island, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, USA, but seven line class records for this species have also been set along Lee’s hunting ground on Ocracoke.
Bait Used: Fresh chunk of mullet
Raymond Heredia Orosco
Caicedonia, Colombia
Tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum)
3 kg (6lb) Line Class Record
16.78 kg (37 lb)
The Lowdown: Angler Raymond Heredia Orosco of Highland, Indiana, USA, recently traveled to Colombia for a change of scenery and to do some freshwater fishing. Fishing in a private pond outside of Caicedonia, Colombia on Mar. 7, 2012, Raymond landed a huge tambaqui, and took him for a 17 minute fight. The current IGFA record was set nearly twelve years ago with a 9.97 kg (22 lb) catch made in the Teles Pires River in Brazil.
Bait Used: Guayaba fruit
Carlos Moran
Luanda, Angola
Atlantic sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus)
Men’s 15 kg (30 lb) Line Class Record
: 60.9 kg (134 lb 4 oz)
The Lowdown: Angler Carlos Moran was fishing with Dr. Iain Nicholson on November 12, 2011 when he hooked into a fish of a lifetime. Moran needed one hour to best this potential record sail. The current IGFA record is 55.2 kg (121 lb 11 oz) and was set by fellow Luandan, Hakan Ekberg, in February of 1996.
Bait Used: Skirted ballyhoo
Veronica Martinez de Sola
Guayquil, Ecuador
Pacific snook (Centropomus spp.)
Women’s 2 kg (4 lb) Line Class Record
2.49 kg (5 lb 8 oz)
The Lowdown: Guayquil, Ecuador is well known for producing quality IGFA records for broomtail grouper, and more records for this species come from Guayaquil than anywhere else in the world. Veronica had snook on her mind when she went fishing in Isla Puna, Ecuador on November 19, 2011. de Sola landed this beautiful fish in only 10 minutes. The current IGFA line-class record is vacant, but if approved, de Sola’s record will be the fifth world record set for the species this year.
Bait Used: Live shrimp
Guillaume Fourrier
Belleville-Sur-Mer, France
European bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)
Men’s 2kg (4lb) Line Class Record
6.16kg (13lb 9oz)
The Lowdown: French angler Guillaume was fishing off Dieppe, France with local guide Emile Couvrevr on November 15, 2011 when he may have broken the 13 year old standing record for European bass. Fourrier needed 22 minutes to land the fish. The current IGFA record is 5.99 kg (13 lb 3 oz) and if approved, this will be Fourrier’s first fishing world record.
Bait Used: Jackall Dart
Darius Petrauskas
Concordia, Argentina
Dorado (Salminus brasiliensis)
All-Tackle Length Record
97 cm
The Lowdown: Fishing the Uruguay River on November 7, 2011, Lithuanian angler Darius Petrauskas was fishing with local guide Enzo Rico when the massive fish hit, and the angler needed 15 minutes to bring the dorado to the boat. The fish qualifies for the potential new All-Tackle Length record which currently stands at 93 cm. As required with every All-Tackle Length record, the dorado was released alive after being photographed and measured.
Bait Used: Lindy MG Spinnerbait
Mark “Doc” Hatton
West Milford, NJ, USA
Northern Pike (Esox lucius)
All-Tackle Length Record
118 cm
The Lowdown: Angler Mark Hatton recently took a trip to Canada to target some of the fantastic northern pike fishing the country has to offer; Hatton did not leave disappointed. Fishing with guide Chad Beck on September 26, 2011, Hatton landed and released this huge fish while casting on the Taltson River, NW Territories, Canada. The current IGFA record is 90 cm and was set three months prior by Stan Nabozny in the United Kingdom’s Avon River.
Bait Used: Eppinger Husky
Dr. George Bogen
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Gulf coney (Epinephelus acanthistius)
All-Tackle record
11.2 kg (24lb 11oz)
The Lowdown: While bottom fishing off San Jose del Cabo, Mexico on October 22, 2011, Dr. Bogen challenged his own standing record for the species. Bogen needed 8 minutes to land the fish. The current IGFA record is 5.78 kg (12 lb 12 oz) and was set by Dr. Bogen in the same waters in March of 2008 – and before that with a 5.32 kg (11 lb 12 oz) catch in February of 2006.
Bait Used: Frozen squid
Kate Burke
Tavernier, FL, USA

Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)
Women’s 8kg Tippet Class Record
Weight: 19.42kg (42 lb 13oz)
The Lowdown:
Four-time tippet class record holder Kate Burke, of Tavernier, FL, USA, landed another potential record for a new (for her) species on October 21, 2011. She caught three tripletail and one Spanish mackerel records in the past two years. She caught the cobia while fishing Lanark Village, Florida, USA with local captain W. Camp Walker. It took the experienced angler five grueling hours to land. The current IGFA record is 14.74 kg (32 lb 8 oz). **
Bait Used:** WCW pilchard pattern fly
Bob Gaines
Irvine, California, USA
Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)
All-Tackle Length Record
74 cm
The Lowdown: Gaines recently took a trip north to take advantage of the fantastic late summer salmon run found in Alaska’s Kenai River. Armed with his fly rod and Official IGFA Measuring Device, Gaines hit the river on August 20, 2011 and caught a sockeye salmon that he landed in five minutes. The fish qualifies him for a new All-Tackle Length record for the sockeye species. The current IGFA record is vacant.
Bait Used: Red comet fly

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The International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to game fish conservation and research. Created in 1939, the IGFA maintains world records for both freshwater and saltwater game fishes. Records are divided by line class, tippet class and all-tackle categories. The IGFA introduced a new all-tackle length category in 2011, keeping separate records for length. Entries in this category must be measured on an official IGFA Measuring device — all fish must also be released alive and unharmed.

To qualify for weight records_, a fish must weigh a minimum of one pound. With the exception of all-tackle records, anglers must submit their claim to the IGFA within 60 days of the date of catch for fish caught in U.S. continental waters. Applications for fish caught in other bodies of water must be received within three months of the date of catch._

In order for a fish to qualify for an IGFA record, it must be weighed on a certified scale. Anglers must also submit a completed IGFA form, mandatory length of line and terminal tackle used to catch the fish, plus photographs. For more information, visit the IGFA website.