Four great catches await approval as new world records by the IGFA.
Sport Fishing Staff
November 17, 2014
OPAH — ALL-TACKLE
Any capture of an amazing opah is rare, but even more unusual is one this size. Joe Ludlow of Aliso Viejo, California, hooked the 180-pound, 12-ounce opah off Baja this past August while working a Salas jig. It took the angler 40 minutes to boat the beast. If approved, it will replace the current record of 163 pounds taken off central California in 1998. For more information on the International Game Fish Association and/or world records, visit the IGFA.OPAH
JACK CREVALLE — SMALL FRY
A 25-pound, 12-ounce jack crevalle is a tough catch for any angler; it’s particularly impressive for a 10-year-old such as Leigh Chapman of Mobile, Alabama, who managed to whip the big jack in 25 minutes. If approved, it will narrowly defeat the 23-pound, 12-ounce female smallfry record that’s been in place since 2001
BLUE PARROTFISH — ALL-TACKLE
This brilliantly hued 8-pound blue parrotfish is pending as the all-tackle record for the species. Austin Porter of Miami caught the fish on shrimp off Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, in July. He landed the fish in 10 minutes. If approved, this will be the first all-tackle record for a blue parrotfish.
WHITE SEABASS — JUNIOR ANGLER
A 75-pound, 6-ounce white seabass is longer than Kale-a Patricia Woodard, of San Diego, who caught the fish off Punta Colonet, south of Ensenada, Baja, on squid. The 12-year-old caught the fish this past June in only eight minutes. It nearly doubles the existing female junior-angler record seabass of 38 pounds, 9 ounces