Newly Approved IGFA World Records

To see all newly approved IGFA World Records since August 2022,  please click here.

Beckwith's Pacific Snook

On July 3, 2022, Captain George Hughes Beckwith, Jr. was fishing off Quepos, Costa Rica, when he landed this massive Pacific snook. George was fishing with Captain Roy Zapata Calderon when this 19.73-kilogram (43-pound, 8-ounce) Pacific snook ate his live sardine. After a 20-minute fight he landed the record snook, setting the new IGFA Men's 3-kg (6-lb) Line Class World Record for the species. Congratulations, George on an impressive fish and an incredible record!

Hart's Snakehead

Richard Hart recently submitted this beautiful 71-centimeter snakehead, landed on July 14, 2022, to set the IGFA All-Tackle Length Fly World Record. Richard was fishing deep in the Belum-Temenggor Rainforest, the largest continuous forest in peninsular Malaysia, when this fish struck his baitfish imitation fly. Richard was fishing with guide Paul Arden and landed multiple IGFA All-Tackle Length Fly World Record snakehead on this trip. After recording the proper measurements on his official IGFA Measuring Device, he released the fish safely. Congratulations, Richard on adding to your already incredible record resume!


Kelly's Atlantic Snook

John Kelly was fishing the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, US, on July 28, 2022, when this beautiful 88-centimeter snook struck his crab fly. After a short battle Kelly landed the impressive fish, setting the IGFA All-Tackle Length Fly World Record for the species. What is even more impressive is that John was then landed a 91-centimter snook just three nights later. The 91-centimeter fish now currently holds the IGFA All-Tackle Length Fly World Record for the species. Congratulations John on two very exceptional fish on the fly!

Kitagawa's California Yellowtail

On July 19, 2022, Lisa Kitagawa landed this impressive 16.58-kilogram (36-pound, 10-ounce) California yellowtail on a live sardine, setting the IGFA Women’s 6-kg (12-lb) Line Class World Record for the species. Kitagawa was fishing with captain Daron Muratyan aboard the Peruz and needed 25 minutes to land the record fish. Lisa’s yellowtail topped the previous record, which had stood for nearly 34 years, by over seven pounds! Congratulations, Lisa!


Monteiro's Trahira

On July 5, 2022, Eduardo Monteiro landed this impressive 97-centimeter trahira which ties the existing IGFA All-Tackle Length World Record for the species. Monteiro was fishing the Rio Curua in Brazil when this fish exploded on his topwater “maddog” lure. After a short battle he  landed the record fish, recorded the length on his official IGFA Measuring Device, and released the fish safely back into the river. Congratulations, Eduardo on an incredible fish!


Morton's Sheepshead

Angler Randy Morton has taken full advantage of the newly introduced line class species, sheepshead, submitting seven record applications for the species this year.  On July 23, 2022, Randy was fishing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in Virginia, US, when he landed this 3.88-kilogram (8-pound, 9-ounce) sheepshead, setting the IGFA Men’s 8-kg (16-lb) Line Class World Record for the species. Randy was fishing with a fiddler crab on a jig head, and weighed the record fish at Long Bay Pointe Marina in Virginia Beach, Virginia, US. Congratulations, Randy on another impressive sheepshead!