Newly Approved IGFA World Records

To see all newly approved IGFA World Records since January 2021,  please view this PDF.

Ziad's Roving Coral Grouper

Tarek Ziad recently caught this 4.95-kilogram (10-pound, 14-ounce) roving coral grouper to set the new IGFA All-Tackle Record for the species. Tarek was fishing the Red Sea out of El Gouna, Egypt, when the record fish hit a vertical jig he was working. Congratulations Tarek on a truly beautiful fish, and on a new species added to the IGFA All-Tackle Record list.

 Forszpaniak's Atlantic Bonefish

IGFA Representative Jan Forszpaniak recently took a trip to fish Biscayne Bay, Florida where he landed this beautiful Atlantic bonefish. This 60-centimeter fish set the IGFA All-Tackle Length Record for the species; a record that had recently been opened with the addition of the Pacific bonefish category. Jan was using shrimp for bait and released the record fish after a seven-minute fight and some measurements. Forszpaniak now holds the IGFA All-Tackle Length Records for both Pacific and Atlantic bonefish, an impressive accomplishment!

Keith's Red Snapper

Megan Keith was fishing out of Freeport, Texas, on January 13, 2021 when she hooked this gorgeous 7.60-kilogram (16-pound, 12-ounce) red snapper. Megan submitted the fish for the IGFA Women’s 8-kg (16-lb) Line Class World Record but her line over-tested at 18.87 lbs. Luckily for Megan, her fish was still large enough to qualify her for the IGFA Women’s 10-kg (20-lb) Line Class Record for the species. The fish was caught using squid while bottom fishing, and boated after a 20-minute battle.

Pacchiarini’s Zander

IGFA Representative Paolo Pacchiarini of Italy recently landed this 5.44-kilogram (12-pound) zander to set the new IGFA Men’s 10-kg (20-lb) Tippet Class World Record for the species. Paolo was throwing a custom fly in Corlo Lake, Italy, when the record fish ate. A seasoned fly angler, Pacchiarini was able to best this zander in just two minutes and land the fish with his bare hands! He was also able to snap this amazing shot of the beautiful fish as well.


Nakai’s Japanese Seabass (Suzuki)

On December 15th, 2020, Yoko Nakai caught this 5.35-kilogram (11-pound, 12-ounce) Japanese seabass (Suzuki) to set the new IGFA Women’s 10-kg (20-lb) Line Class World Record for the species. She was fishing out of Chiba, Japan, when she hooked this nice seabass while casting a lure. She was able to net the fish after a brief four-minute fight, and after proper measurements and documentation, the fish was released alive.