Valerie D. Simpson
Cabo del Este, Mexico
Roosterfish ( Nematistius pectoralis)
Women’s 10 kg (20 lb) Tippet Class Record
Weight: 13.15 kg (29 lb) The Lowdown: Simpson was fly fishing with a guide on June 27, 2012. She was casting a custom Mona Lisa fly from the beaches when this roosterfish at her fly. It took her 45 minutes to land the fish. The current IGFA record is 9.53 kg (21 lb).
Bait used: Custom Mona Lisa fly
Poorman’s Canyon, New Jersey
Great Northern Tilefish ( Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps)
Weight: 29.57 kg (65 lb 3 oz)
The Lowdown: Ruvio went fishing off the coast of New Jersey with Cap. Jason Kim on Aug. 8, 2012. This fish ate the squid Ruvio was using. It him 10 minutes to wrestle the fish onto the boat. The current IGFA record stands at 28.8 kg (63 lb 8 oz).
Bait used: Squid
Kenai River, Alaska
Pink Salmon ( Oncorhynchus gorbuscha)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 67 cm (26.37 in) The Lowdown: Gaines was fly casting a pink polar shrimp fly on the Kenai River on Aug. 23, 2012. He landed this fish after a 10-minute battle, and released it alive after taking photos and measurements. The current IGFA record stands at 65 cm.
Bait used: Pink polar shrimp fly
Darwin Harbour, Australia
Talang Queenfish ( Scomberoides commersonianus)
Men’s 10 kg (20 lb) Tippet Class Record
Weight: 16 kg (35 lb 4 oz) The Lowdown: Starling landed this fish while fly fishing on June 17, 2012. He was casting a clouser. It took him 35 minutes to boat the fish. The current IGFA record is 9.45 kg (20 lb 13 oz).
Bait used: Clouser fly
Summer Cubera Snapper ( Lutjanus cyanopterus)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 124 cm (48.81 in) The Lowdown: Arostegui was fishing with Capt. Bouncer Smith on Aug. 31, 2012, using lobster as bait. The fish inhaled the lobster and fought Arostegui for 25 minutes. The cubera was photographed, measured, and released alive. The current record is vacant.
Bait used: Lobster
Butterfly Kingfish ( Gasterochisma melampus)
Weight: 41.35 kg (91 lb 2 oz) The Lowdown: This butterfly kingfish smashed Falkiner’s lure on May 31, 2012. Falkiner was trolling a Rapala Magnum plug. He needed 20 minutes to land the fish. The current IGFA record is vacant.
Bait used: Rapala Magnum plug
Jason N. Yip
Kumimaipa River, Papua New Guinea
Papuan Black Snapper ( Lutjanus goldiei)
Weight: 20.87 kg (46 lb) The Lowdown: Yip caught this fish on July 30, 2012 on a Rapala Shad Rap lure. He fought the fish for 10 minutes, and released it afterwards to let the fish grow even bigger. The current IGFA record is 19.2 kg (42 lb 5 oz).
Bait used: Rapala Shad Rap
Nanook River, Canada
Arctic Char ( Salvelinus alpinus)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 86 cm (33.85 in) The Lowdown: Hatton traveled to Canada’s Northwest Territories to fly fish for freshwater species. He caught this Arctic char on a pink fly on July 30, 2012. He fought the fish for 30 minutes and released it after taking photos and measurements. The IGFA record is currently vacant.
Bait used: Pink fly
Dauphin Island, Alabama
Yellowedge Grouper (_Epinephelus flavolimbatu_s)
Weight: 20.92 kg (46lb 2 oz) The Lowdown: Tyler Kennedy was soaking cut bait off the bottom when he hooked into this 46-pound 2-ounce yellowedge grouper on June 30, 2012. He needed 10 minutes to land the fish. Kennedy could tie the current IGFA of 20.92 kg.
Bait used: Cut bait
Southern Bluefin Tuna ( Thunnus maccoyii)
Men’s 8 kg (16 lb) Tippet Class Record
Weight: 18.5 kg (40 lb 12 oz)
The Lowdown: Morse went fishing with Capt. Benn Boulton on June 26, 2012. This tuna ate his deceiver fly and put up a 13-minute fight. The current IGFA record is (21 lb 9 oz).
Bait used: Deceiver fly
Madai ( Pagrus major)
Men’s 2 kg (4 lb) Line Class Record
Weight: 7.05 kg (15 lb 8 oz) The Lowdown: Satoru Nishimura caught this fish on a metal jig on June 5, 2012. He was using light tackle and spent 40 minutes reeling in the fish. The current IGFA record is 3.2 kg (7 lb).
Bait used: Metal jig
Sjon A. Harless
Flamingo, Costa Rica
Pacific Cubera Snapper ( Lutjanus novemfasciatus)
Women’s 60 kg (130 lb) Line Class Record
Weight: 27.98 kg (61 lb 11 oz)
The Lowdown: Harless landed this potential record fish during a recent stay in Costa Rica. She was fishing with Capt. Luis Ruiz on June 30, 2012. They were slow trolling live bait when she hooked into the Pacific cubera snapper. It took Harless 10 minutes to land the fish. The current IGFA record is 25.85 kg (57 lb).
Bait used: Live bait
Barragem de los Janhao, Brazil
Pimima Peacock ( Cichla pinima)
Weight: 11.09 kg (24 lb 7oz)
The Lowdown: Romulo Patrick caught this minima peacock on March 10, 2012. He was fishing with a local guide and was casting a plug. The fight lasted nine minutes. The current IGFA record is vacant.
Bait used: Plug
Piñas Bay, Panama
Dolphinfish ( Coryphaena hippurus)
Women’s 1 kg (2 lb) Line Class Record
Weight: 20.35 kg (44 lb 1 oz)
The Lowdown: Carter went fishing for dolphin with Capt. Yoan Alcala on Aug. 25, 2012. This big dolphin was in the area, and Alcala told Carter to cast a ballyhoo at it. The fish bit immediately, and Carter landed it in five minutes. The current IGFA record is 18.37 kg (40 lb 8 oz).
Bait used: Ballyhoo
White Seabass ( Atractoscion nobilis)
Female Junior Record
Weight: 17.49 kg (38 lb 9 oz)
The Lowdown: Ali Pfleger was fishing with her father on June 22, 2012, when she landed this beauty. She was using live squid, and it took her 10 minutes to reel in the fish. The current IGFA record is 12.49 kg (27 lb 7 oz).
Bait used: Live squid
Cedros Island, Mexico
Kelp (calico) Bass ( Paralabrax clathratus)
Male Smallfry Record
Weight: 2.83 kg (6 lb 4 oz)
The Lowdown: Ponder and his father went fishing with a local guide on June 25, 2012. This bass ate Ponder’s soft plastic swimsuit and the fight was over 90 seconds later. The current IGFA record is 2.26 kg (5 lb).
Bait used: Plastic swimsuit
Lake Volta, Ghana
North African tigerfish ( Hydrocynus brevis)
All-Tackle Record Towers traveled from the United Kingdom to fish Ghana’s freshwater species. He was casting a Mepps black flurry lure on March 29, 2012 and landed this fish in seven minutes. The current IGFA record is 5.67 kg (12 lb 8 oz).
Weight: 12.93 kg (28 lb 9 oz)
Bait used: Mepps black flurry
Golden Lake, Wyoming
Golden Trout ( Oncorhynchus aguabonita)
All-Tackle Length Record
Length: 54 cm (21.25 inch)
The Lowdown: Rick Mickelsen, a Wyoming native, caught this 54-centimeter golden trout on a nymph fly. He went fishing on the Golden Lake on June 22, 2012. The fight last 15 minutes, and the fish was released after photos were taken. The current IGFA record is vacant.
Bait used: Nymph fly
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.