IGFA PEND­ING WORLD RECORDS

Sport Fishing - - NEW PRODUCTS -

Pend­ing as the all-tackle record, this 13-pound, 3-ounce snub­nose pom­pano IA caught by Rus­sian an­gler Ilya Sher­bovich went for a well-placed crab fly in the Sey­chelles this past Fe­bru­ary. Af­ter a 12-minute fight, the pom­pano (in the same genus as per­mits) was quickly weighed, doc­u­mented, pho­tographed, and re­leased alive and healthy. The cur­rent record is 11 pounds, 3 ounces.

Among nearly 1,800 species of fish caught by Cal­i­for­nian Steve Woz­niak, none is more sur­real in ap­pear­ance than this 7-pound, 8-ounce gor­geous swal­low­tail [13] that he caught off Kenya this past Jan­uary. If ap­proved, Woz­niak's will be the first of the species ever to hold the ti­tle of IGFA world record.

Fly-rod­der Dotty Bal­lan­tyne of Boze­man, Mon­tana, joined guide Doug Kilpatrick to catch this 10-pound, 4-ounce bon­net­head shark [C] near Su­gar­loaf Key, Florida, in Jan­uary. If ap­proved as the new 12-pound-tip­pet record, it will de­feat an 81/2-pounder from Bis­cayne Bay, Florida, in 2004.

The 27-pound, 9-ounce snake mack­erel (1)] that Ma saak i Ban­doh caught while fish­ing near Tokunoshima, Ja­pan, this past De­cem­ber is poised to smash the ex­ist­ing record of 9 pounds, 14 ounces, also caught in Ja­panese wa­ters, in 2008.

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