Fishing to Break the Record

Your own record is the one that counts.

What does it take to break a world record with a fish? When a Florida guide by the name of Ward Michaels hung onto a big Snook fishing in Costa Rica, he knew it was a real hog. The fish weighed in three pounds heavier than the existing 57 pound record held on the International Gamefish Organization (IGFA) list. Michaels is one of Florida’s Snook guides; they all know what it’s like to hang onto a big fish. But to us, big fish are not 60 pounds, and the chance of us breaking this record in local waters isn’t likely. The state record for the fish, caught in the waters off Fort Myers, was 14 pounds lighter.

Snook RecordWhen a Florida guide’s Costa Rican 60-pounder established a new world record for the common Snook, locals said they had seen fish much bigger. Ten years ago we saw a picture of one hanging from a winch on the back of a Ford F-150 in Panama that was easily 75 pounds. This picture from a local lodge called Nosara shows the size to which average fish can grow in tropical climates.

There are a lot of records still to be broken. A five-year-old fishing with his dad landed the world record Flathead Catfish. How’s that for breaking records? You can read the story at North Carolina Sportsman, where we first read the story when it broke a couple of days ago.

flathead catfish recordLuke Harvell set the new IGFA 50-pound line class for catfish with his 28-pound flathead caught from High Rock. Photo Credit: North Carolina Sportsman Magazine

The video on the IGFA Facebook page shows the youngster catching the beast, with his dad saying “No, I am not gonna help. You have to catch it yourself.”

A Lifetime With a List of Records

So it’s clear there are records out there that still can be broken, and certainly state records are an easier target than global ones. But we have known people that dedicated their lives to breaking or holding light tackle records with two-pound test ultralight spinning tackle. Gary and Sherrell Carter still hold more light tackle records than anybody in the world, much less in the Georgia hills they call home. There was a killer article in Marlin Magazine a few years back that is worth the read if you want to know what it really takes to purposely break a record.

Read the article in Marlin Magazine

The Only Records That Count are Yours

While we live in the real world, we’re surrounded by some of the world’s most recognized anglers. From local guides like our own Captain David Rieumont to renowned Captain Scott Moore, to all the ones that write for us and the print version of Guy Harvey Magazine. Our very own Ozzy Delgado is on the water as we write, fishing with Wild Bill from Deadliest Catch.

We fish with our friends, we fish with kids, and we fish with a lot of people new to the sport. As wonderful as that Catfish is for that little boy and his dad, the records that really count are your own. Keep logs, take pictures of fish while they are still wet and in the water (where we can see your hand or plastic grips), and try to beat your own records. In the end, they’re the only ones that really count.

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