June 19, 2012
We span the globe to bring you the constant variety of fish submitted to the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) for world record consideration.
June submissions include the All-Tackle length record to a cobia, caught by a German visiting Guinea-Bissau, a nation in West Africa. Down the African coast in the Congo, a French angler landed a tarpon that could eclipse his own line-class record.
Across the Atlantic to Brazil, there’s an electrifying entry from IGFA Lifetime Achiever Dr. Gilberto Fernandes. In Argentina, a man from Colorada landed a record dorado. Across the Pacific to New Zealand, a gigantic swordfish could set a line-class record.
Back in the U.S., the black drum length record could be topped by a Maryland man’s catch. Key West is always good for a record, as light tackle fly angler Dotty Ballantyne well knows, and further west into the Gulf, the Dry Tortugas produce a potential black grouper record.
The IGFA maintains world records for both freshwater and saltwater game fishes in line class, tippet class and all-tackle categories. With a move toward catch and release, it recently added length records so anglers can document their fish then let it swim away.
Each month it receives numerous submissions for world record consideration, which go through a rigorous process of verification.
Click the image for photos of the anglers and their fish: