IN RECORD TIME
From Seconds to Hours, a Look at a Few of the Fastest Fights and Most Prolonged Battles Resulting among World-Record Catches
That’s one of the blanks on the International Game Fish Association’s record-application form that must be completed when submitting a catch for world-record consideration. While foremost factors are the species and line (or tippet) class, in some cases the time it took an angler to bring in a record fish can be of interest, hence this look at a few of the shortest and longest fight times for generally large fish. It should be noted that however long the catch took (from hookup to grabbing the leader at the boat), all of these records were approved only after the IGFA ascertained that no angling rules were broken in the capture of a fish. Often with the application form in the record folder are letters from the angler, crew and witnesses offering additional information or testimony. That’s particularly true when catches are outlandishly quick. But most of those are made by anglers out to set records, with a crew well-prepared to act quickly and decisively once a potential-record fish is hooked. However, some “instant catches” are more serendipitous than calculated, as was the case with the two-minute world-record tuna.