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On May 4, 2021, Thomas Farchione landed this enormous 2.83-kilogram (6-pound, 4-ounce) redear sunfish out of Lake Havasu, Arizona, to set the IGFA All-Tackle World Record for the species - the same lake where the previous redear sunfish All-Tackle World Record was also caught. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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CHANGES TO BASS WORLD RECORDSFollowing the latest scientific findings, the IGFA is pleased to announce significant updates to bass record categories. In February 2024, IGFA staff and biologist Dr. Andrew Taylor of the University of North Georgia co-authored a scientific article in the American Fisheries Society journal Fisheries, titled “Updating Angling Records to Advance Sport Fish Conservation: A Case Study of IGFA’s Black Bass World Records.” This groundbreaking study reviewed the current science related to black bass genetics to update IGFA record keeping for this important species group.The research highlighted several key findings, particularly concerning the spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus) and its close relative, the Alabama bass (Micropterus henshalli). The study confirmed that many records previously attributed to spotted bass were, in fact, Alabama bass. Consequently, the IGFA has corrected these records to reflect accurate species identification.Additionally, the study revealed the distinct identities of the Florida bass (Micropterus salmoides) and the largemouth bass (Micropterus nigricans), species that were often indistinguishable without genetic testing. Given this, the IGFA has made the following adjustments to record categories:Florida/Largemouth BassEffective immediately, Florida bass (Micropterus salmoides) are eligible for line class, tippet class, junior, and length records under the category: “bass, largemouth (Micropterus nigricans/salmoides)”. Genetic testing will not be required for submissions in this category. While the standing All-Tackle Record for largemouth bass (Micropterus nigricans) will remain unchanged, any new All-Tackle record submissions for these species will require genetic verification. Because the genetic testing process varies by region, anglers interested in submitting a potential world record should contact their corresponding local agency for additional information.Alabama BassThe IGFA is also announcing the introduction of Alabama bass (Micropterus henshalli) as a new species eligible for line class, tippet class, junior, and length record categories, effective immediately. This change introduces 35 new record opportunities, including seven new line class and tippet class records for both men and women. With a wide geographic distribution, this popular species will generate exciting new record opportunities within the recreational angling community.Read more: bit.ly/4ceOZTS ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Celebrating 85 Years of Angling Excellence! 🎉Since 1939, the International Game Fish Association has been at the heart of the recreational fishing community, promoting conservation, ethical angling practices, and the thrill of world record catches. Join us in honoring 85 years of incredible achievements, from historic catches to teaching the next generation the joys of fishing. For as little as $20 a year, you can support our mission and help us continue preserving our marine heritage for years to come. Join the legacy: igfa.org/2024-join-page/ ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Looking to learn the basics of fishing? Fire Island National Seashore is teaming up with the International Game Fish Association to teach basic fishing techniques and ethical angling practices through the IGFA's Passports to Fishing Program!The program will take place this Saturday, June 8th starting at 9 am at the Wilderness Visitor Center. All ages are welcome! All fishing equipment will be provided for use during the event. Fishing is catch-and-release only. Anglers 16 years and older must enroll in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry at NO COST: dec.ny.gov/regulatory/permits-licenses/sporting-and-use/sporting/recreational-marine-fishing-regi...More Information: www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?id=81A54EDF-D87D-7EAB-E30655A1F7188750This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation.IGFA ... See MoreSee Less
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