Most Amazing Record Catches of 2011

2011 is coming to an end, and it was definitely a good year for record catches. As we get ready to ring in the New Year, let?s take a look back at some of the more notable catches of the year.

Yellowfin Tuna

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The previous record for yellowfin tuna had been unbroken for 33 years before Mike Livingston of Sunland, California came along. His 405 lb fish beat the previous record of 400 lb, and earned Livingston a place in the record books. The fish was caught in November of 2010, and after a very lengthy review process, it was deemed to be the new record back in March. Its importance cannot be understated ? in fact, the President of the IGFA, Rob Kramer, called it ?one of the most significant world-record catches in recent history.?
 Record Yellowfin TunaWorld Record Yellowfin TunaIn this video, Mark Livingston talks about his amazing catch. 

Striped Bass

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The world record for striped bass has remained unbroken for 29 years and is considered to be one of the most prestigious records in angling. This past August, Greg Myerson was fishing near Westbrook, Connecticut when he landed an 81 lb behemoth that beat the previous record by just over 3 lbs. It took two months for the catch to be officially approved, but it now stands as the all-tackle world record.

Paddlefish

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If you don?t know what a paddlefish looks like, just take a glance at the above picture. Not the most attractive looking fish, is it? That didn?t matter to 21-year-old Aaron Stone, who snagged the ?beauty? in the Arkansas River on April 10. The fish tipped the scales at 125 lbs, 7 oz, and now holds the distinction of being the Oklahoma state record.

Cutbow Trout

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A cutbow trout is a hybrid between a rainbow trout and a cutthroat trout. They can grow to be a fair size, but they don?t get much bigger than this ? 34 lbs, 11 oz, caught by Mark J. Adams at Idaho?'s American Falls Reservoir on July 25. Not only did it shatter the Idaho state record, it was also good enough to be named the world record.

Golden Dorado

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Finally, this is one of the more beautiful catches that you?re likely to see ? a golden dorado. Considered to be one of the rarest fish in the world, this absolute monster was recently caught in Argentina?'s Uruguay River. The fish is still under review by the IGFA, but there?s no denying that this is a beauty and one of the more impressive fish to be caught in 2011.More photos and information on world record catches.
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