Guided by Adolfo Martinez Purada, while fishing Cano Bocon, Colombia, on January 28, Alejandro Linares, of Medellin, Colombia, landed a orinoco peacock (Cichla orinocensis) weighing 3.63 kg (8 lb 0 oz) using a Mepps Spinner tied to 6 kg (12 lb) line. The current IGFA record is 6 lb 8 oz (2.95 kg) caught from Masparro Lake in Venezuela, Oct. 2008.
Fishing Minamiboso, Japan, Muneaki Hayashi of Chiba, Japan, and using 15 kg (30 lb) class line, landed a blackfin seabass (Lateolabrax latus) on Feb. 26, weighing 8.8 kg (19 lb 6 oz). The current IGFA men’ line class record is 19 lb 2 oz ( 8.7 kg) caught from Shirahama, Chiba, Japan two years ago.
Using a clouser pattern while fly fishing Puerto Lopez Mateos, Mexico, on Feb. 20, Lance Erik Peterson, Port Angeles, Wash., USA, landed a broomtail grouper (Mycteroperca xenarcha) weighing 2.27 kg (5 lb 0 oz) on 10 kg (20 lb) tippet. The men’s tippet record for the recently added species to the IGFA World Record Game Fishes Book is currently vacant.
While fishing the Rio Inirida Tributary in Colombia, Venezuela angler Antonio Campa G., of Valencia Carabobo, landed a speckled peacock (Cichla temensis) on January 26, weighing 9.98 kg (22 lb 0 oz) using a Caribe lure on 4 kg (8 lb) class line. He was guided by Capt. Sergio Toro in his 25 minute fight of the fish. The current IGFA record is 20 lb 3 oz (9.18 kg) pulled from the Jatapa River, Amazonas, Brazil 18 years ago.
You won’t find the fish species listed in the current IGFA World Record Game Fishes book but if approved Brazilian angler Gilberto Fernandes, may have a potentially new one in the All-Tackle section for the popular resource book’s 2011 edition. Using cut bait Fernandes of Mao, AM, Brazil, landed a bacu-pedra (Lithodoras dorsalis-Valneciennes) on February 15, weighing 10.51 kg (23 lb 2 oz) while fishing Lago dos Reis, Brazil.
Tim Hammond, of Morningside Durban, South Africa, found a fight while trying to land a talang queenfish, (Scomberoides commersonianus) on February 2. Guided by Tim Christy, while fishing Hell”s Gate, Mozambique, it took Hammond an hour to land the fish which weighed 14 kg (30 lb 13 oz). He caught the fish using a jerk minnow on 15 kg (30 lb) line. The current IGFA men record for the species is 23 lb 11oz (10.75 kg) caught in 1991 near Colombo, Sri Lanka.
While fly fishing Islas Secas, Panama on March 9, multi-record holder Dotty Ballantyne, of Bozeman, Mont., USA, landed a bigeye trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus) weighing 1.47 kg (3 lb 4 oz) on 4 kg (8 lb) tippet. She was guided by Carter Andrews, and used a baitfish fly to catch her quarry. If approved for the currently vacant record she would add another to her impressive collection of now 78 IGFA world records.
On January 3, Auckland, New Zealand angler Scott Tindale, landed a snoek (Thyrsites atun) a fish popular in the Southern Hemisphere, weighing 5.14kg (11 lb 5 oz) while fishing off Tutukaka, N.Z. He used a skipjack for bait that incited a 10 minute fight for the potential IGFA All-Tackle record. The current IGFA mark is 9 lb 14 oz (4.48 kg) pulled from Hout Bay, in South Africa, two years ago.
Pacific Jack Crevalle
While fishing Golfito, Costa Rica, young smallfry angler Jackson Seamans, of Debary, Fla., USA, guided by Capt. Bobby McGuinness, landed a Pacific jack crevalle (Caranx caninus) on Feb. 13, weighing 10.48 kg (23 lb 1 oz) after successfully wrestling it to the boat in 20 minutes. The current boy’s IGFA smallfry record is 18 lb 8 oz ( 8.39 kg) caught in 1997 at Pinas Bay, Panama.
Another youth angler William Klein, of Longeville Pes Metz, France, got the thrill of a lifetime and a 15 minute fish fight with a 43 kg (94 lb 12 oz) giant trevally (Caranx ignobilis) off Rodriguez Island, Mauritius on Feb. 11. Guided by Yann Colas, Klein used a bonito head for bait to entice the big fish. The current IGFA boy’s junior record he’s hoping to beat is 72 lb 4 oz ( 32.77 kg) set in 2000 in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA.