IGFA PENDING WORLD RECORDS
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  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.