Brazilian angler Dick Alexandre caught and released this beautiful redtail catfish (pirarara) (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus) on October 11th while fishing the Rio Negro in Amazonas, Brazil. Alexandre needed only five minutes to land the fish after it ate the live piranha he was using for bait. Once landed, the fish measured out to 132 cm and was released alive – qualifying Alexandre for the new All-Tackle Length world record, which currently stands at 126 cm.
While fly fishing Pyramid Lake, Nevada, USA on October 21st, angler Brian Harris caught and released this 6.8 kg (15 lb) cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki) that could become a new world record. Harris needed only a few minutes to land the fish after it ate the custom fly he was casting, and the fish was released alive after being properly weighed and documented. If approved, the catch will replace the existing men’s 4 kg (8 lb) tippet class world record, which currently stands at 6.37 kg (14 lb 1 oz).
Kiwi angler Danielle Hamilton landed this massive 15.84 kg (34 lb 15 oz) snapper (squirefish)(Pagrus auratus) on April 22nd while fishing out of Ahipara in her native country of New Zealand. Using 10 kg (20 lb) class tackle, Hamilton needed 20 minutes to land the potential record fish after it ate the bait she was using. If approved, the catch will become the new women’s 10 kg (20 lb) line class world record, and replace the existing record of 12.6 kg (27 lb 12 oz).