Action is heating up for black grouper, bluefin trevally, and permit in the saltwater department of this month’s IGFA Hot Catches highlights! Record applications for each of these species are currently under review as anglers in Australia, the Clipperton Atoll, New Zealand, and Florida, USA wait to find out whether their waters have produced the new title holders. In the freshwater world, word has travelled fast about the potential new All-Tackle brown trout from New Zealand and giant snakehead caught in Thailand. Check out these hot new potential world records in the May IGFA Hot Catches report!
Fly fishing maestro Tom Evans Jr. of Grafton, Vermont, USA recently returned from New Zealand with another amazing potential record catch to his name. While fishing with Capt. Darren Hayden out of Whangaroa on March 19th, Evans hooked up to a 240 lb 15 oz striped marlin (Tetrapturus audax) on fly rod! After the teased up fish inhaled Evans’ well-presented custom fly, the experienced angler needed 45 minutes to subdue his pending men’s 10 kg (20 lb) tippet class record. The existing record stands at 96 kg (211 lb 10 oz).
Fourteen year old angler Hayley Henry was fishing off her hometown of Homestead, Florida, USA on April 7th when she hooked a huge permit (Trachinotus falcatus) after it ate the live crab she cast to it. Nearly an hour later, the exhausted young angler subdued the fish under the direction of her guide and father, Anton Henry. Weighing in at an impressive 18.51 kg (40 lb 13 oz), Hayley qualifies for the potential new Female Junior record. The current record stands at 14.51 kg (32 lb).
In the Atlantic waters off Florida, USA, the season for black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) did not open until May 1st. However, the closed season didn’t prevent angler and IGFA Board Member Roy Cronacher Jr. from landing the first potential All-Tackle Length record for black grouper – a newly added species to this record category – as it was quickly released alive after being documented. Cronacher was fishing off Key West on April 16th with the legendary Capt. Ralph Delph, and the fish was landed in 10 minutes after eating the live herring being fished on the bottom. Measuring out to 82 cm, Cronacher’s fish surpassed the minimum length of 75 cm needed to submit a catch for this currently vacant record category.
Aussie angler Frank Bluch and Capt. Stephen Brown were able to chum up the tuna while drifting off Portland, Australia on April 5th, which allowed Bluch to entice a 17.06 kg (37 lb 9 oz) southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) to take the custom pilchard fly he was casting. After nearly two hours connected with the tuna, Bluch was finally able to subdue this potential men’s 6 kg (12 lb) tippet class record, which eclipses the existing record by nearly 20 lb.
Angler Bruce Smith recently traveled from his home in San Diego, California, USA to a remote chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean known as the Clipperton Atoll. While this exotic destination may be hard to reach, the fishing is defintely worth the effort, as Bruce Smith found out. On March 2nd, Smith cast a custom fly to a beautiful 5.9 kg (13 lb) bluefin trevally (Caranax melampygus) that took him 15 minutes to land. Once subdued, the fish was quickly weighed, documented, and released alive – qualifying Smith for the potential men’s 04 kg (8 lb) tippet class record, which currently stands at 5.44 kg (12 lb).
While casting an Evergreen crank bait in Nakohon Ratchasima, Thailand on April 19th, native angler Bkkguy John Ang Woon Heng landed this enormous giant snakehead (Channa micropeltes)! The lucky angler needed only three minutes to subdue an 11.79 kg (26 lb) potential All-Tackle record, which would beat the existing record by four pounds. Even more impressive is that the fish was released alive after an accurate weight was recorded.
Many trout anglers never see a fish over 10 kg (20 lb). Catching a fish weighing over 20 kg (40 lb) is only a dream. But for Kiwi angler Otwin Kandoff, that dream came true on March 8th when he fed a silver spoon to an enormous brown trout (Salmo trutta) in the Ohau Canal, New Zealand. Using only 4 kg (8 lb) line, Kandoff needed 20 minutes to land this potential new All-Tackle record brown that tipped the scales at a whopping 19.1 kg (42 lb 1 oz) – beating the existing record by more than half a pound.
Californian angler Bob Gaines was fishing the famed Pyramid Lake, Nevada, USA on April 2nd when he landed a beautiful cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki) on fly rod. A well placed cast with a red glitter midge fly enticed the strike, and Gaines needed 25 minutes to land the 73 cm cutthroat. Once subdued, the fish was quickly measured and photographed before being released alive to qualify Gaines for the potential new All-Tackle Length record. The current IGFA record stands at 63 cm.
Angler Joao Luiz Lusardo was fishing with guide Gabriel Ayala in Yahape-Corrientes, Argentina on January 19th when a sizeable sorubim (Pseudoplatystoma spp.) inhaled the artificial lure he was casting. It took him 15 minutes to land, but once boated the 136 cm fish was quickly measured and photographed before it was released alive – qualifying Lusardo for the potential new All-Tackle Length record, as the current record stands at 107 cm.