Fishing & Boating News

November Hot Catches

by: Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications

Japanese angler Yoshihiro Hasegawa, of Toshima-Ku, Tokyo, with a potential men's 37 kg (80 lb) line class record Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) hit the Phoenix lure he was trolling.
Photo by courtesy IGFA
An enormous yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) crashed the bait of young angler Keith Brandner of Tenafly, New Jersey, USA, as he was fishing off Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Photo by courtesy IGFA
(Nov. 23, 2010 - Dania Beach, FL) Three species of tuna caught in Japan, Mexico and Vanuatu are up for IGFA world records and lead off the IGFA Hot Catches for November. IGFA World Records Coordinator Jack Vitek has included other pending records from Australia, Africa and the U.S.

Japanese angler Yoshihiro Hasegawa, of Toshima-Ku, Tokyo, guided by Akio Nakajima, was fishing out of Onahama, Japan on Sept. 24, when a potential men's 37 kg (80 lb) line class record Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) hit the Phoenix lure he was trolling. Hasegawa landed the monstrous 239 kg (526 lb 14 oz) Pacific bluefin nearly three hours later. The current IGFA record is 223.8 kg (493 lb 6 oz) recorded off the Greymouth, New Zealand coast last year.

An enormous yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) crashed the bait of young angler Keith Brandner of Tenafly, New Jersey, USA, as he was fishing off Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, August 7. Guided by Hercules Marsella, Brander was free lining a live goggle eye when the 109.43 kg (241 lb 4 oz) yellowfin hit. The youngster had a brutal 1 hour and 45 minute fight to boat the potential IGFA male Junior record fish. The current IGFA record is 86.27 kg (190 lb 2 oz) documented off Barbados in 2006.

Samantha Vale, of Port Vila, Vanuatu, guided by Herve Picarda, was fishing off nearby Shepherd Island Sept. 12, when a dogtooth tuna (Gymnosarda unicolor) took the rainbow runner she was using for bait. Forty minutes later, Vale had the 61.8 kg (136 lb 3 oz) fish on board and started the documentation for a potential women's 8 kg (16 lb) line class record. The current IGFA record is 26.4 kg (58 lb 3 oz) caught off Papua New Guinea 17 years ago.

Mark Hope, of Yungaburra, Queensland, Australia may break a 20 year old record after landing 26 kg (57 lb 5 oz) barramundi (Lates calcarifer) on Sept. 28, while fishing Lake Tinaroo, Australia. Hope's potential 4 kg (8 lb) line class record barramundi fought for 55 minutes after hitting the live banded grunter Hope was using for bait. The current IGFA record is 22.2 kg, (48 lb 15 oz) from the continent's South Alligator River, N.T., in 1990. (
Samantha Vale, of Port Vila, Vanuatu, was fishing off nearby Shepherd Island, when a dogtooth tuna (Gymnosarda unicolor) took the rainbow runner she was using for bait.
Photo by courtesy IGFA
Mark Hope, of Yungaburra, Queensland, Australia may break a 20 year old record after landing 26 kg (57 lb 5 oz) barramundi (Lates calcarifer), while fishing Lake Tinaroo, Australia.
Photo by courtesy IGFA