How can I get a World Record?

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FSF Staff September 15, 2011

With conservation more important than ever, the International Game Fish Association is proud to introduce a new category of world records that requires game fish to be released unharmed. Based on length rather than weight, All-Tackle Length World Records are now available for 127 species of saltwater and freshwater game fish. Anglers looking to solidify their place in history can utilize fly and conventional tackle up to 130 lb. class. Unless otherwise noted, all IGFA rules and regulations apply until the fish is measured and released alive. Potential world record catches must be measured and documented on an official IGFA measuring tool that can be purchased online at igfa.org, as well as at a growing number of tackle retailers. We went straight to the source to see what it takes to achieve an IGFA All-Tackle Length World Record. Here’s what we can tell you…

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Eligibility
Fish must be considered trophy size to fill a vacant record. IGFA defines “trophy size” as the upper 50% of a fish’s potential maximum length, as shown on the eligible species list. To trump an existing All-Tackle Length World Record, your catch must measure at least two centimeters longer than an existing record. Fish must be measured by anglers at the site of capture and released in good health. Fish entered for length records are not eligible for other records.

Measuring
To achieve an accurate measurement, the fish’s snout must be flush with the front of the measuring device. In addition, the fish’s mouth must be closed. On a flat surface, measure the fish from the snout to the rear-center edge of the fish’s tail. All measurements are recorded in centimeters, and measurements between whole number increments will be recorded at the lower of the two.

Photo Documentation
High-resolution photos provide crucial evidence and are required for All-Tackle Length World Record applications. There’s no specific amount of photos that need to be submitted, but the following criteria must be clearly distinguishable.

1. The full length of the fish on the measuring device clearly showing its position.
2. A close up showing the position of the fish’s nose and tail on the measuring device.
3. The angler with the fish.
4. The rod and reel used to make the catch.

Care & Handling
Considerable care should be exercised when measuring and photographing your potential world record. If the process takes longer than several minutes, it is advised that you periodically place your catch back in the water or in a release well. Remember that fish should never be hoisted or held vertically, as these acts can cause undue damage to the trophy we intend to release.

Because this category is new, you’ve never had a better opportunity to get your name in the record book next to the world’s most legendary anglers. Visit igfa.org to download an application and review complete record catch rules and regulations.

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