Hot Catches: May 3, 2018

Dick's Redtail Catfish
Brazilian angler Dick Alexandre caught and released this beautiful redtail catfish (pirarara) (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus) on October 11, 2017 while fishing the Rio Negro in Amazonas, Brazil. Alexandre needed only five minutes to land the fish after it ate the live piranha he was using for bait. Once landed, the fish measured out to 132 cm and was released alive – qualifying Alexandre for the new All-Tackle Length world record, which previously stood at 126 cm.
McCord's Rainbow Trout
IGFA Representative Meredith J. McCord caught and released this beautiful 3.17-kilogram (7-pound) rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) on January 22, 2018 while fly fishing Argentina’s Strobel Lake. McCord was fishing with guide William Clark and needed only five minutes to subdue the catch that has now earned her the women’s 3 kg (6 lb) tippet class record, which previously stood at 1.92-kilograms (4-pounds 4-ounces).
Cafferty's Bluefish
American angler Dylan Cafferty – age 8 – caught this 7.11 kilogram (15 pound 11 ounce) bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) on October 13, 2017 while fishing off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, U.S. during the 72nd Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. The impressive catch has earned Dyland the new Male Smallfry world record which previously stood at 6.86-kilograms (15-pounds 2-ounces).
Simon's Northern Pike
American angler Mori Simon caught and released this beautiful northern pike (Esox lucius) on September 24, 2017 while fly fishing Lake Sibbo, Sweden with IGFA Representative Paolo Pacchiarini. Simon needed approximately five minutes to land the 8.15-kilogram (18 pound) pike after it ate the custom fly she was casting. The catch has earned Simon the new women’s 8 kg (16 lb) tippet class world record, which previously stood at 5.98-kilograms (13-pounds 3-ounces).
Masters' Barramundi

Aussie angler Deanne Masters set the new women’s 10 kg (20 lb) line class world record for barramundi (Lates calcarifer) with this impressive 17.80-kilogram (39-pound 3-ounce) fish that she caught on November 4, 2017 while fishing the Lake Tinaroo Dam in Australia. Masters needed approximately 15 minutes to land the barra after it ate the lure she was trolling. The current IGFA world record is 10.7-kilograms (23-pounds 10-ounces). world record, which previously stood at 5.98-kilograms (13-pounds 3-ounces).tood at 5.98-kilograms (13-pounds 3-ounces).