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.