World Record News

IGFA's Anglers' Choice Contest

Published: March 11, 2016

The IGFA will be honoring two contestants from the Anglers’ Choice Contest at the organization’s 13th Annual Angling Achievement Award Ceremony, held on April 16, 2016 at the IGFA’s headquarters in Dania Beach, FL. 
The UK’s Simon Smith and his impressive shore-caught 50.5 kg (111 lb 5 oz) Atlantic halibut – the world record on 15 kg (30 lb) tackle - received an incredible 10,805 votes during the month-long contest, while California angler Joe Ludlow and his All-Tackle opah of 81.99 kg (180 lb 12 oz) pounds produced a staggering 9,560 votes. Collectively, these two contestants produced more votes than all other contestants combined in the contest’s three-year history! 
Due to the impressive nature of both catches and the unprecedented number of votes and media attention they generated, the IGFA has determined it only appropriate to acknowledge both anglers for their incredible achievements and overwhelming success in the contest.  
The IGFA congratulates all contestants and thanks all voters for their participation and support of the ten catches featured in this year’s contest.
Rare Japanese Spanish Mackerel 

Published: February 9, 2016

Japanese angler Isamu Kinoshita caught what could become the new All-Tackle Japanese Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus niphonius) on December 27th, while fishing off Japan’s Goto Islands. Kinoshita needed only 15 minutes to land the 10.57 kg (23 lb 4 oz) mackerel, after it crushed the butterfly jig he was working. If approved, the catch will replace the existing All-Tackle record of 9.35 kg (20 lb 10 oz). To date, there have only been three other record submittals of this species to the IGFA. 
Big Californian Largemouth 

Published: January 19, 2016

Angler Cazbar Saelao caught and released this impressive largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) while fishing Lake Berryessa in her home state of California, USA on December 19th. Saelao needed only a couple of minutes to land the 3.4 kg (7 lb 8 oz) largemouth, after it inhaled the jig she was casting. If approved, the catch will earn her the new women's 6 kg (12 lb) line class world record, which currently stands at 1.87 kg (4 lb 2 oz).  
Huge Snook from Brazil

Published: December 30, 2015

Brazilian angler Maicon Soares Da Silva caught and released this quality snook (Centropomus spp.) while fishing off the coast of Ubatuba, Brazil on October 31st. Da Silva needed nearly 20 minutes to land the 109 cm beast, after it inhaled hit the jig and soft plastic shrimp he was casting. If approved, Da Silva’s catch will actually beat the record he set last year of 107 cm
Trophy Taimen on Fly

Published: December 11, 2015

Angler L. Mark Weeks caught and released this potential new world record taimen (Hucho taimen) on October 14th while fly fishing outside of Khabarovsk Krai, Russia. Weeks needed approximately 20 minutes to subdue the 17.1 kg (37 lb 11 oz) fish, after it crushed the large streamer fly he was casting. Once subdued, the fish was quickly weighed, measured, and released alive to grow even bigger. If approved, the catch will earn Weeks the new men’s 8 kg (16 lb) tippet class world record. 
New All-Tackle Papuan Black Snapper?









Published: December 1, 2015

Australian angler Bluey Hellmuth caught what could become the new All-Tackle world record for Papuan black snapper (Lutjanus goldiei), while fishing Papua New Guinea’s Aramia River on October 23rd. Hellmuth was trolling a diving plug when the 21.32 kg (47 lb) beast hit and attempted to break off in the thick debris laden shoreline. Bluey, however, was able to pull the fish away from the snags and fight it in open water – finally subduing the fish after 15 minutes. Once landed, the fish was quickly documented, weighed, and photographed before it was released alive. If approved, the catch will replace the existing record of 20.87 kg (46 lb).

Biggest Dogtooth Ever

Published: November 30, 2015

British angler Jon Patten caught this enormous dogtooth tuna (Gymnosarda unicolor) on November 20th that tipped the scales at a whopping 107.5 kg (236 lb 15 oz) - the heaviest specimen ever recorded by the IGFA. Patten was fishing with IGFA Representative Jason Alexiou off the coast of Tanzania when the huge doggie crushed the live yellowfin tuna Patten was using for bait. After surviving the blistering first run, Patten's skills and strength were both tested for nearly an hour as he fought the brut on 37 kg (80 lb) tackle. If approved, Patten's catch will earn him the new All-Tackle world record, which currently stands at 104.5 kg (230 lb 6 oz).

Big Peacock on Fly

Published: November 19, 2015

Angler Meredith J. McCord of Houston, Texas, USA recently traveled to the depths of the Amazon rainforest where she caught this potential new world record - a 7.60 kg (16 lb 12 oz) speckled peacock (Cichla temensis) on 8 kg (16 lb) fly tackle. McCord was fishing Brazil's famed Marie River with local guide Gerson Kavamoto on September 20th when the potential record peacock crushed the fly she was casting. After a relatively quick fight, McCord had the fish subdued - which she quickly documented, weighed, and released alive. If approved, the catch will earn her the new women's 8 kg (16 lb) tippet class record. 

Two Records in One Day

Published: November 10, 2015

Angler Sjon Harless of Mobile, Alabama, USA doubled up on potential record catches on November 2nd, while fishing out of Flamingo, Costa Rica aboard the Plautus, captained by Luis Ruiz Ruiz. Harless needed only 15 minutes to land the 30.39 kg (67 lb) roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis), after it crushed the live ladyfish she was using for bait. Knowing they had a record-size fish, the Plautus rushed back to the dock to register an official weight. With the weigh-in completed and spirits high, Harless and the crew of the Plautus decided to continue fishing. Not long after they dropped another live ladyfish in the water, Harless was hooked up again. This time it was a 29.5 kg (65 lb) almaco jack (Seriola rivoliana) on the other end of the line – another potential world record. If approved, Harless’ roosterfish will become the new women’s 60 kg (130 lb) line class record and the almaco the new women’s 24 kg (50 lb) line class record. These records currently stand at 29.16 kg (64 lb 4 oz) and 25.46 kg (56 lb 2 oz), respectively. 

Biggest Taimen Ever on Fly

Published: November 3, 2015

Russian angler Ilya Sherbovich potentially broke the men’s 10 kg (20 lb) tippet class record for taimen (Hucho taimen) with this gorgeous 30.4 kg (67 lb) fish he caught on October 12th while fly fishing Russia’s Konin River. Sherbovich needed approximately 20 minutes to subdue the taimen, after it inhaled the white streamer fly he was casting. Once landed, the fish was quickly weighed and documented, before being released alive. If approved, the catch will break the current IGFA record of 21.2 kg (46 lb 11 oz), and will be the heaviest taimen ever recorded by the IGFA on fly tackle.   

Huge Papuan Black Snapper

Published: October 16, 2015

Aussie angler Joshua Pearson caught what could become the new All-Tackle Length world record for the highly sought after Papuan black snapper (Lutjanus goldiei). Pearson landed this monster while casting along a shallow bank of the Aramia River, located in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea.  After crushing the diving plug Pearson was casting, the hard-fighting black snapper took off like a freight train to the nearby submerged debris to free itself. Luckily, Pearson was able to stop the fish and eventually subdue it after a 10 minute fight. Once landed, Pearson quickly snapped a few pictures and properly documented the catch before releasing the fish back into the river. Measuring out to 88 cm in length - and weighing only 2.5 kg (5 lb) shy of the All-Tackle record - Pearson’s catch will easily earn him the All-Tackle Length record if approved. 

This 129 cm Leerfish could be the New All-Tackle Length Record

Published: September 30, 2015

French angler Cyril Gressot caught this beautiful 129 cm leerfish (Garrick) (Lichia amia)   which could become the new All-Tackle Length world record. Gressot was casting a silver spoon outside of Port Saint Louis, France on August 12th, when he hooked the big leerfish. After a hard-fought 20 minute battle, Gressot was finally able to land the fish, which he quickly documented and released alive. The current IGFA All-Tackle Length record for this species is vacant.     

Huge Queen Snapper the Biggest Ever?!

Angler lands potential All-Tackle record queen snapper

Published: September 16, 2015

On September 4th, while fishing off Long Key, Florida, USA, angler Chris B. Walter caught the "king" of all queen snappers (Etelis oculatus- a 12.7 kg (28 lb) beast that could potentially earn him the new All-Tackle world record. Walter needed 15 minutes to bring up the huge queen after it hit the squid he was fishing near the bottom.

What makes this catch even more impressive - and the reason why it is even eligible for an IGFA world record - is that Walter caught the fish using a manual rod and reel, rather than an electric reel which is often used by anglers targeting this deepwater species. 

Angola Produces Two Potential Records

Recent catches from Angola could become records

Published: September 11, 2015

The IGFA recently received two impressive world record applications from anglers in the south western African country of Angola.

Angolan angler Luena Amaro caught her quality 21.3 kg (46 lb 15 oz) meagre (Argyrosomus spp.) on June 11th while trolling a Storm diving lure in Barra Do Kwanza, a nutrient-rich river that dumps into the Atlantic near the city of Luanda.  Amaro needed approximately 10 minutes to land what could become the new womens' 24 kg (50 lb) line class record if approved.

Just a few days earlier, on June 4th, Angolan angler Marco Couto landed the potential new All-Tackle record for senegal jack (Caranx senegallus) while fishing the same area. Couto, and experienced angler with several records to his name, needed 20 minutes to subdue the hard-fighting jack after it crushed the soft plastic lure he was casting. If approved, Couto's massive 16.5 kg (36 lb 6 oz) fish will easily replace the existing record of 9.5 kg (20 lb 15 oz).  

Giant Alligator Gar

Huge Alligator Gar Could Become New Record  

Published: September 2, 2015

IGFA Representative Jason A. Schall potentially set the new men’s 60 kg (130 lb) line class record for alligator gar (Lepisosteus spatula) with this 77 kg (169 lb 12 oz) beast, which measured a whopping 211 cm (83 inches) in length. Schall pulled the giant gar from Big Lake - located near Palestine, Texas, USA - on August 26th, after the gar ate the live carp he was using for bait.

After a brutal hour-long fight, Schall had the fish subdued. Schall and guide Bubba Bedre then worked quickly to properly document and weigh the fish, before they released the giant alive to grow even bigger. 

Huge Wels on Light Tackle

Potential Record Wels on Light Tackle 

Published: August 24, 2015

German angler Joachim Ochmann traveled to Spain’s famed Rio Ebro to target the highly sought after wels (Silurus glanis) – one of the largest freshwater species in the world. Ochmann’s efforts were rewarded on May 31st when he landed an incredible 56 kg (123 lb 7 oz) specimen on only 10 kg (20 lb) gear. The experienced angler needed only 30 minutes to land the huge wels after it ate the pellet bait he was fishing. Once subdued, the fish was quickly weighed from a sling, properly documented, and released alive.  If approved, Ochmann’s catch would easily replace the existing men’s 10 kg (20 lb ) line class record, which stands at 10.66 kg (23 lb 8 oz). 

Potential Record Cubera Snapper

Cubera Snapper from South Florida 

Published: August 21, 2015

In south Florida, the full moon in the late summer months is one of the best times to target cubera snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus) on the reefs. Angler April Tambor discovered this first hand on July 29th while fishing off Miami, Florida, USA with Capt. Bouncer Smith. After dropping a live lobster to the bottom, it wasn’t long until Tambor’s rod doubled over from the brute force of the 18.37 kg (40 lb 8 oz) cubera on the other end of the line. After a tough 15 minute battle on heavy tackle, Tambor had the fish in the boat. If approved, the catch will earn her the new women’s 37 kg (80 lb) line class record, which has stood at 15.1 kg (33 lb 4 oz) since 2003.