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Earlier this month, Art Weston broke the internet when images of this potential world record began circulating online – a 128.37-kilogram (283-pound) alligator gar caught on 3-kg (6 lb) test line. We received hundreds of messages wanting to know more about this once-in-a-lifetime catch, so we sat down with Art for an exclusive interview to ask him all your burning questions. Get an inside look this Thursday in the September issue of the International Angler, the IGFA’s members-only digital publication. Become a digital member today for just $20/year and get the issue delivered straight to your inbox when it goes live – this is one feature you don’t want to miss! igfa.org/2023-membership-lure/About the pending world record: On September 2, 2023, Art Weston was fishing in Sam Rayburn Lake, Texas, when he landed this massive 128.37-kilogram (283-pound) alligator gar. With this fish Art can potentially set both the IGFA All-Tackle and IGFA Men’s 3-kg (6 lb) Line Class World Records for the species. Art was fishing with Captian Kirk Kirkland aboard the “Garship Enterprise” when this potential record gar struck a cut bait. Art was able to land the gar following an incredible 2-hour and 45-minute battle. After recording the weight on a certified scale, Art was able to release the fish safely. This record is currently pending and under review. ... See MoreSee Less
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What an incredible evening! On September 9th, recreational anglers from across the globe converged in Springfield, Missouri to celebrate at the awe-inspiring IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame inside Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. We honored each of our five incredible inductees and their achievements, enshrining them in their rightful place in angling history. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us, both in-person and virtually, to honor these legends of the sport and their amazing accomplishments. Congratulations, class of 2023 – it was a privilege to recognize you and all you’ve done for the global angling community! 🥂 ... See MoreSee Less
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On June 2, 2023, Luiza Moczarski was casting a Rapala Husky Jerky in Lake Nipigon in Ontario, Canada, when this impressive 52-centimeter brook trout struck. With this Luiza can potentially set the IGFA All-Tackle Length World Record for the species. She was fishing with Jon Babulic and was able to land the potential record after a short fight. Luiza then recorded her measurements on an Official IGFA Measuring Device before releasing the fish safely. This record is currently pending and under review. ... See MoreSee Less
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