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2 days ago

We're a few weeks away from the 21st anniversary of this record-breaking catch. On March 14, 2003, Dave Huckle set the IGFA Men鈥檚 10-kg (20 lb) Line Class World Record with this massive 67.92-kilogram (149-pound, 12-ounce) Nile perch. Dave was trolling a Mann鈥檚 30+ Magnum off of Rubondo Island, Tanzania, when he felt a strong pull. After an epic 55-minute battle, Dave landed the record perch and brought it to Rubondo Island Camp for an official weight.To the unfamiliar eye, Nile perch (Lates niloticus) are sometimes accused of being a largemouth bass optical illusion. While they may share some superficial similarities, it's important to note that they are distinct species with different ecological roles, behaviors, and native ranges. Learn more about the species here: ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

Brent Van Niekerk was fishing the Rio Marie in Brazil on September 7, 2023, when he landed this massive 94-centimeter speckled peacock to set the new IGFA All-Tackle Length World Record for the species. Brent landed the fish after a quick fight and released the fish safely after properly recording the length on his official IGFA Measuring Device. Brent鈥檚 fish tops the previous record by just two centimeters and retires a seven-way tie, which has been in place for nearly three years! ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

The IGFA is proud to announce the recipients of our 2024 Annual Awards. Comprised of six categories, each award honors a unique component of sport fishing including conservation, heavy tackle angling, light tackle angling, sportsmanship, freshwater angling, and fly fishing.This year鈥檚 award winners include distinguished aquatic conservation professor Dr. Steven J. Cooke (Barry M. Fitzpatrick Conservation Award); revered angling advocate and educator, Tim Simpson (Chester H. Wolfe Sportsmanship Award); analytic light tackle luminary Arthur 鈥淎rt鈥 Weston (Bob Herder Light Tackle Award); offshore trailblazer Anthony Hsieh (Gil Keech Heavy Tackle Award); alligator gar expert and conservationist Captain Kirk Kirkland (Johnny Morris Freshwater Award); and multifaceted athlete, angler, and advocate Andy Mill (Joe Brooks Fly Fishing Award). "Each year, the IGFA Annual Awards celebrate the extraordinary achievements of anglers who embody the spirit of conservation, sportsmanship, and dedication to the sport of fishing. The 2024 recipients represent the pinnacle of excellence in their respective fields, from groundbreaking contributions in fisheries conservation to enduring impacts in their respective disciplines,鈥 said IGFA President, Jason Schratwieser. 鈥淭heir unwavering commitment to responsible, ethical angling practices and tireless efforts to promote the sport inspires us all. Congratulations to this remarkable group of individuals on their well-deserved recognition."The 2024 Annual Award recipients were selected by the IGFA鈥檚 Recognition Committee. Additional information on this year鈥檚 award winners and the awards themselves can be found here: ... See MoreSee Less

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