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June 03, 2017

WORLD RECORDS: hot catches of May 2017

British angler Colin Searles caught this enormous 155 kg (341 lb 11 oz) Atlantic halibut on April 26th while fishing out of Laukvik, Norway. Searles battled the massive halibut for nearly an hour after the fish hit the Pirk jig he was working from aboard the No Problem II, captained by Nigel Hearn. If approved, the catch will become the new men’s 24 kg (50 lb) line class world record, and will be the third heaviest Atlantic halibut ever recorded by the IGFA.

Ecuadorian angler Fernando X. Mata caught this 26.31 kg (58 lb) broomtail grouper (Mycteroperca xenarcha) on April 29th while fishing off Salinas, Ecuador. Mata - age 10 - needed only 10 minutes to subdue the potential record fish, after it hit the Mirrolure he was trolling. If approved, the catch will become the new men's 15 kg (30 lb) line class record, which currently stands at 24.49 kg (54 lb).


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