The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) gets world-record submissions on a regular basis and shares some of them in a bi-weekly newsletter.
Here are recent submissions that are eye-openers:
Arctic Char May Be Heaviest on Fly
- While fly fishing in remote Nuvarut, Canada, Dale Loveless caught this 22 pound, 8-ounce Arctic char on July 1. If approved, it would be the heaviest fly-caught Arctic char ever recorded by the IGFA.
Atlantic Salmon in Iceland
- Meredith Jane McCord, an IGFA representative, caught and released this 21-pound Atlantic salmon on July 19 while fly fishing in the New Beat, Iceland. If approved, it would fill the vacant IGFA record in the women’s 16-pound tippet class.
A Red Snapper Double
- Reece Rockett submitted two potential world records for red snapper while fishing off Port Aransas, Texas on June 27. Weighing 16 pounds and 16 pounds, 6 ounces, respectively, the catches could earn her IGFA records for women in the 16- and 20-pound line classes. The current records are 14-3 and 15-5.
- This 14-pound, 14-ounce sockeye salmon caught by Shawn Martinez July 5 on the Kenai River in Alaska could be the new IGFA men’s 16-pound line class record. The current record is 14-8.
Catch & Release Bowfin
- Richard Hart caught and released this 82-centimeter (32.28 inches) bowfin while fly fishing July 29 on Lake Champlain. The existing IGFA all-tackle length record is 77 cm (30.32 inches).
Yellowtail Down Under
- Australian angler Stan Konstantaras caught this 149-centimenter (58.66 inches) southern yellowtail May 17 off of Three Kings, New Zealand. The current all-tackle length record is 138 centimeters.
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