Newly Approved IGFA World Records

To see all newly approved IGFA World Records since February, 2023,  please click here.

Hall's Blue Catfish

Alexandra Hall was fishing the James River in Virginia, USA, on December 4, 2022, when she landed this impressive 28.58-kilogram (63-pound) blue catfish. With this catch, Alexandra has earned both the IGFA Women’s 10-kg (20 lb) Line Class World Record and Female Junior World Record for the species. She caught the massive catfish using cut bait and she needed 10-minutes to subdue the fish. After recording the weight on her certified scale, Alexandra released the fish safely. Congratulations, Alexandra with earning two impressive IGFA World Records!

Schall's Payara

In late 2022, Jennifer Schall returned from a trip to Colombia earning several IGFA World Records for several species. While fishing the Rio Guaviare on November 5, 2022, she landed this 4.76-kilogram (10-pound, 8-ounce) payara earning her the IGFA Women’s 4-kg (8 lb) Line Class World Record for the species. She was using a jointed crankbait to entice the fish. After quickly recording the weight on a certified scale, Jennifer safely released the toothy fish. On this trip, Jennifer was also able to set IGFA Line Class World Records for brycon and speckled peacock.


Schall's Peacock Bass

Much like his wife Jennifer, Jason Schall, also had an incredible trip to Colombia. On November 6, 2022, Jason was fishing the Rio Guaviare where this 6.97-kilogram (15-pound, 6-ounce) speckled peacock smashed his lure. After a five-minute battle, Jason was able to land and record a weight of the peacock on his certified scale before releasing the fish safely. The peacock was large enough to satisfy the vacant IGFA Men’s 15-kg (30 lb) Line Class World Record category to earn the record. Congratulations, to the Schall duo on several IGFA World Records!

Jones' Colorado Snapper

On December 8, 2022, Paul Jones was fishing out of Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica, when he landed this 11.65-kilogram (25-pound, 10-ounce) Colorado snapper. With this fish, Paul has set the IGFA All-Tackle World Record for the species. He was able to boat this fish after a 15-minute fight and returned to Puerto Jimenez to record the weight on a certified scale. Paul’s impressive catched topped the previous record by more than a pound, a record that stood for nearly 20 years!  


Young's Pacific Bonefish

Honolulu, Hawaii is slowly becoming a premiere world record destination for Pacific bonefish. On December 26, 2022, Shari Young was fishing the flats of Honolulu, with guide Christ Wright, when she landed this beautiful 2.27-kilogram (5-pound) Pacific bonefish. The catch earned Shari the IGFA Women’s 3-kg (6 lb) Line Class World Record for the species. The record bonefish ate a live crab and was landed after a 6-minute fight. After recording the weight on her certified scale, she was able to release the bonefish safely.