Four great catches await approval as new world records by the IGFA.
October 27, 2014
Missing the century mark by mere ounces, this 99-pound, 12-ounce narrowbarred mackerel made the mistake of nibbling on a Sebile Koolie Minnow lure trolled by South African D.C. Lubbe. He fished off Mozambique’s Bazaruto Island and landed the pending all-tackle record in 25 minutes. If approved, the fish will narrowly defeat the existing record of 99 pounds caught off Natal, South Africa, in 1982.
Casting a Savage Gear lure from the beach this past May at Cabo rewarded Wesley Brough of Shingle Springs, California, with a pending all‑tackle-record 19-pound, 6-ounce Pacific agujon needlefish. The existing record is a 16-pounder from Islas Secas, Panama.
Pending both as the women’s 50-pound line-class and the junior-angler record for the species, this 80-pound, 12-ounce almaco jack would shatter the present women’s 50-pound-class record of 46 pounds, 1 ounce from Costa Rica in 2008, and defeat the girl’s junior-angler record by 3 pounds, 12 ounces. Allison Erinakes of Burleson, Texas, made the catch while fishing out of Tropic Star Lodge in June. Amazingly, she boated it in just eight minutes.
A handsome **20-pound, 9-ounce yelloweye rockfish **made Florida angler Raleigh Werking’s day out of Seward, Alaska. He made the pending 16-pound line-class-record catch in June while fishing a herring. The current men’s 16-pound-class record is 19 pounds, 6 ounces, from the Gulf of Alaska in 2006.