I recently sent a note to Jack Vitek, the World Records Coordinator for the International Game Fish Association, about world fishing records that probably will never be broken. You could write a book about the topic as there are so many different fish species the IGFA recognizes world records for and one record is as likely not to be broken as another. For the purpose of this article though, I asked Jack to narrow it down to 10 species that the Game & Fish/Sportsman audience could relate to. Some I agree with but there are others that I think I’ll see fall in my lifetime. Records are meant to be broken yes, and these are probably safe for a while, but you never know when a new king will be crowned.What do you think? (Dylan Polk contributed to this gallery)
ANGLER: George W. Perry
LOCATION: Montgomery Lake, Georgia
DATE: June 2, 1932
ANGLER: Manabu Kurita
LOCATION: Lake Biwa Shiga, Japan
DATE: July 2, 2009
This one caught me by surprise because George Perry's 77-year-old record was tied just three years ago by a Japanese angler named Manabu Kurita on Lake Biwa in Shiga, Japan. But if you look at the list of state records from the U.S., there are only four records that top the 18 pound mark (GA, CA, MS, TX) and only one other state-record bass topped the 20 pound mark and that was Michael Arujo's 21 lbs. 12 oz bucketmouth caught on Lake Castaic in 1991.