Think setting an International Game Fish Association world record is an unrealistic goal? Think again: We dissected all the line- and tippet-class records in the IGFA files and found 14 saltwater species with records waiting to be set or broken. Many are native to North American coastal waters; some are farther afield. Many are women’s records, reflecting the reality of greater male involvement in our sport, but less competition means more opportunity for those of the feminine persuasion. In any case, take a look at these low-hanging fruits on the tree of fishing fame.
Note: This information was valid when published on this web site but — even though some of these vacancies and beatable records have stood for many years — is definitely subject to change. You can check the IGFA’s site for the latest information.