August 30, 2013
This month's IGFA Hot Catches report features potential world records caught in Alaska, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, and New York. More than half of the catches submitted were released, which is great news for record seekers in these parts of the world!
Angler Margaret Shaughnessy of Medford, Ore., landed a beautiful roosterfish while fly fishing with local guide Marco Lucero off the coast of Punta Las Arenas, Mexico. Shaughnessy’s potential women’s 20-pound tippet class record rooster put up a brutal fight that lasted nearly four hours, after the fish ate the custom “raton” fly Shaughnessy was casting.
Once landed, the fish was rushed to shore where it bottomed out a 60-pound Boga-Grip scale! Instead of killing the fish to get the actual weight, which was estimated at well over 70 pounds, Shaughnessy decided to release her catch alive to grow even bigger. And with the current IGFA record at 29-pound, a 60-pound fish is plenty big enough to qualify for a record!
Click image to check out more potential world record submissions
in the IGFA’s Hot Catches for August 2013.