World Records

There has been a lot of buzz of late with respect to new IGFA World Records being approved! I for one think it's great news!  Recently, we have seen records' SHATTERED specifically Mike Livingston's outstanding yellowfin tuna weighing 405 lbs caught in Magdalena Bay, Baha Sur Mexico
and Gregory Myerson's giant 81 pound 14 ounce Striped Bass caught in Long Island Sound, Connecticut last week.

I have two thoughts on All Tackle World Records.  Number 1 - call me naive, but I for one am encouraged by the fact that we are still breaking world records!  There is a lot of science,  there are a lot of environmental groups, there is a lot of news surrounding the plight of our oceans and fisheries and unfortunately, most information is negative.  Overfishing, destruction of habitat, environmental disaster and change are all bad-news situations, agreed but I like the fact that world records are still being broken, are still able to be broken.  It is encouraging to me that there are bigger and better fish out there, the fish that our news tells us are endangered, threatened and in trouble.  There are serious problems facing our fish, but I am hoping that our oceans are large enough, our science isn't able to accurately reflect what is really going on out there. I hope our red flags have gone up early enough to be proactive in our approaches in fisheries management, not reactive.

Number 2, IGFA All Tackle World Records are in my opinion the be-all and end-all of achievements in big fish hunting!  To have your name etched in the record book would be, for me, the ultimate achievement! Anyone who fishes has the chance to target an IGFA All Tackle World Record, and is encouraged to strive for angling excellence.  Ethically, fishing is more than simply bringing fish to the weigh scales or to the table.  It's sport.  IGFA has embraced, actually founded themselves on the SPORT of fishing.  Ethical practices in sportfishing allow not only All Tackle World Records to be caught by an established set of angling rules, but specific classes of World Records can also be achieved!  Lineclass, Men's, Women's, Jr, Small Fry, Fly and Conventional tackle and All Tackle LENGTH World Records are all achievable in turn making our sport just that - a sport.   Something to strive for, something to achieve - personal fishing success. 

Here are some notes with respect to IGFA World Records:
  • Be prepared - have everything you may need including, line classes spooled up, camera, measuring tape, record book with rules, IGFA certified scale, or access to one etc.
  • Know your species - target with a plan
  • Educate yourself - understand the angling rules set out by IGFA
  • Plan ahead - you don't have to kill a fish to qualify for a World Record, but the fish does need to be weighed on land, so have your live-well or transportation box ready to roll.
These are just a few thoughts on world records, you can get the whole scoop at www.IGFA.org.  If you've ever thought about entering the arena of  World Record hunting here is a bit of advise, get out and do it - better yet, bring your family! Everyone can participate.  And the great news, is that there are new world records swimming out there right now! 

Melnyk
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