Pacchiarini’s Common Carp
IGFA Representative Paolo Pacchiarini was fishing the Piedmont region of Italy on April 28, 2023, when he landed this impressive 27.22-kilogram (60-pound) common carp, setting the new IGFA Men’s 6-kg (12-lb) Tippet Class World Record for the species. The massive carp struck Paolo’s crawfish imitation fly and was netted after a 20-minute fight. After recording the weight on his certified scale, Paolo released the carp safely.
On May 16, 2023, Kelly Troughton was fishing out of Whangaroa, New Zealand, aboard the Ruckus, captained by AJ Barton, when she caught this 168-kilogram (370-pound, 6-ounce) swordfish to set the new IGFA Women’s 8-kg (16-lb) Line Class World Record. Surprisingly, Troughton was able to bring the record broadbill to gaff after only a 35-minute fight on her light tackle outfit. Congratulations to Kelly and the crew of the Ruckus for topping the previous record that was set 37 years ago by nearly 200 pounds!
Miller’s Channel Catfish
Ronald Miller, III was fishing the Missouri River in Montana, US, on May 14, 2023, when he landed this 9.27-kilogram (20-pound, 7-ounce) channel catfish, setting the new IGFA Men’s 10-kg (20-lb) Line Class World Record for the species. Miller was fishing with cut bait on the bottom when the fish hit, and after landing the fish, Miller quickly weighed and documented his catch before releasing it alive.
Moss’s Atlantic Salmon
While fly fishing Myrarkvisl, Iceland, on August 2, 2023, with guide Matthias Hakonarson, angler Pamela Moss set the new IGFA Women’s 6-kg (12-lb) Tippet Class World Record for Atlantic salmon with this beautiful 7.10-kilogram (15-pound, 10-ounce) fish. Pamela coerced the salmon to eat a streamer fly, and after recording the weight on her certified scale, she released the fish safely back into the river.
Weston’s Alligator Gar
On September 2, 2023, Art Weston was fishing in Sam Rayburn Lake, Texas, US, when he landed this massive 128.37-kilogram (283-pound) alligator gar, setting both IGFA All-Tackle and IGFA Men’s 3-kg (6-lb) Line Class World Records for the species. Art was fishing with IGFA Captain Kirk Kirkland aboard the Garship Enterprise when this record gar struck a cut bait. Art was able to land the massive gar with his light tackle outfit after a grueling 2-hour and 45-minute battle. After recording the weight on a certified scale, Art and Kirk released the fish safely back into the water. This incredible fish tops the previous All-Tackle World Record for alligator gar which stood for almost 72 years!