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May 31, 2006

New Pending World Records

Each month the IGFA highlights documented fish catches from across the globe...

Each month the IGFA highlights documented fish catches from across the globe. A number of applications, among them all-tackle records, have been submitted and are included in the May Hot News provided by IGFA world records coordinator Rebecca Reynolds.  Here are 11 new potential records before the committee: 

Harold Rigg of El Segundo, Calif., USA, landed a 9 lb 7 oz (4.28 kg) spotfin croaker (Roncador stearnsii) fishing with a sand crab in Morro Santo Domingo, Mexico.  He's applied for a potential all-tackle record. The current record for the fish is 7 lb 10 oz that was certified 6/21/02.

Another Californian, Marvin Greene, of Porterville, landed a 2 lb 2 oz (.91 kg) calico surfperch (Amphistichus koeliz) while surf fishing with a sand crab, Morro Bay, Calif.  He has applied for a potential new all-tackle record. (Photo: calico surfperch - 06040019)
Ian-Arthur de Sulocki, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, landed an 8 lb oz (3.62 kg) ladyfish (Elops Saurus) in 15 minutes casting an artificial lure, while fishing Sepetiba Bay, Brazil. He's applied for a potential all-tackle record that may break a tie for the record. The existing mark for a ladyfish stands at 6 lb 0 oz recorded 12/20/97 and tied 6/24/99.
In Japan, Takashi Nishino, of Kanagawa, landed a Japanese bullhead shark (Heterodontus japonicus) weighing 26 lb 9 oz (12.05 kg) using mackerel for bait while fishing in Shizouka, Japan.  The catch is up for a new all-tackle record. 

Also from Japan, Takehiko Kato, of Chiba, used bait to attract and  boat a black porgy (Acanthopagrus schlegeli) weighing 8 lb 0 oz (3.65 kg) while fishing Sodegaura, Chiba. He has applied for a potential all-tackle record hoping to replace the current mark of 7 lb 7 oz set in 3/20/05.
Using a metal jig while fishing in Tokyo, Japan,  Mitsuo Takahashi, of Aomori, caught a speckled blue grouper (Epinephelus cyanopodus) weighing 41 lb 15 oz (19.05 kg).  The current record for the species is 40 lb 3 oz set 9/29/02.
Rob Rennie, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom, made an unusual catch of a 1 lb 10 oz (.76 kg) Atlantic lizardfish (Synodus saurus) while bottom fishing with mackerel in San Eugenio, Tenerife, Spain.  He's up for a new all-tackle record. 

Troy Jean Warren, Virginia Beach, Va., USA boated a blueline tilefish (Caulolatilus microps) weighing 15 lb 11 oz (7.13 kg) in 10 minutes while bottom fishing off Virginia Beach.  He's up for an all-tackle record with the current year-long mark standing at 15 lb 0 oz set 5/19/05.
Matthew Pullen of Hampton, N. H. USA, hooked a 49 lb 6 oz (22.39 kg) blackfin tuna (Thunnus atlanticus) in 20 minutes fishing Marathon Key, Fla., using live bait.  He's up for two potential records, the all-tackle record and men's 30 lb line class record. Current line class record stands at 41 lb 0 oz set 9/19/90.  The current all-tackle mark is 45 lb 8 oz recorded 5/4/96.
And finally a couple of young ladies are up for records.  Manuela Iglesias, 15, of  Montevideo, Uruguay, landed a Pacific Sierra mackerel (Scomberomorus sierra) weighing 3 lb 4 oz  while trolling a Rapala 18 magnum off the coast of Puerto Carrillo, Costa Rica. She has submitted documentation for a female junior record. The current junior mark stands at 2 lb 11 oz recorded 3/11/98.

Crossing the United States from her home in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, 10 year old Nicole Loffredo, caught a 3 lb 9 oz (1.69 kg) gag grouper (Mycteroperca microlepis) using live bait while fishing off Key West, Fla. She's up for a potential female smallfry record hoping to beat the current mark which stands at 3 lb 0 oz 8/21/05.