The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) gets world-record submissions on a regular basis and shares some of them in a bi-weekly newsletter.
Game & Fish publishes this feature twice a month.
Here are some of the recent submissions for record-book consideration. (info, photos courtesy of IGFA):
Huge Texas Channel Cat
- Fifteen-year-old Will Titsworth of Rowlett, Texas, caught and released this 26-pound, 6-ounce channel catfish May 30 at Ray Hubbard Reservoir near Rockwell. If approved by the IGFA, the catch will be the new Junior world record (currently 24 pounds).
What a World-Record Leather Bass Looks Like
- Ricci Chavez caught this potential all-tackle world-record leather bass on Aug. 12 while fishing out of Los Buzos Panama Kayak Fishing Lodge. The fish weighed 28 pounds, 2 ounces. The current all-tackle world record is 27-8.
Girl, 8, Submits Papuan Black Snapper Catch
- Seven-year-old Isabella Power, while fishing Laloki River in her native country of Papua New Guinea, caught this 15-pound, 6-ounce Papuan black snapper July 23 that could fill vacant Female Smallfry world record.
Norwegian Blue Ling Crushes Existing Record
- Alf Ronny Karbo caught this potential all-tackle world-record blue ling July 11 while fishing off Bomlafjorden, Norway. The 39-pound, 2-ounce fish is nearly four pounds heavier than the existing record (35-6).