Forpsnaniak’s Asp and 100th IGFA World Record
IGFA Representative Jan Forszpaniak of Florida, US, was fishing the Po River, Italy, with IGFA Representative Paolo Pacchiarini when he landed this 67-centimeter asp to set the IGFA All-Tackle Length Fly World Record for the species. Jan battled the fish for 10 minutes before bringing the record asp to the net. After recording the proper measurements and snapping a few photos, he released the fish safely back into the Po River. Not only did Jan earn a new world record with this catch, but it is also Forszpaniak’s 100th IGFA World Record! Congratulations, Jan, on this incredible achievement.
Santa Rava’s Rainbow Trout
Santa Rava took a trip down to Jurassic Lake Lodge in Argentina this past April and experienced some world-class trout fishing. On April 18, 2022, she landed this beautiful 6.24-kilogram (13-pound, 12-ounce) rainbow trout, setting the IGFA Women’s 2-kg (4-lb) Tippet Class World Record for the species. After taking a dry fly, Santa landed this record fish following an 8-minute battle. Along with this fish, Santa submitted four additional Tippet Class World Records for rainbow trout from this trip. Congratulations, Santa, on an amazing fish and what looked like an amazing trip!
Leon Week’s All-Tackle World Record Gorean Snapper
Leon Weeks landed this beautiful 7.26-kilogram (16-pound) Gorean snapper on April 11, 2022, while fly fishing in Gabon. Weeks was fishing with Captain Arno Mattee out off Port Gentil when this record fish struck his “Whittaker’s Wonder” fly, and after a short battle Leon brought this colorful snapper boat side. Weeks, along with Captain Arno Matthee, returned to port for an official weight on a certified scale. With this fish, Weeks set the IGFA All-Tackle Record for the species, which bested the previous record by more than three pounds. Congratulations, Leon, on an amazing fish!
Hampl’s Machaca (Brycon spp.)
In March 2022, the IGFA introduced three new species to qualify for Line and Tippet Class World Records, one of those being the grouped species, Brycon spp. IGFA Representative Federico Hampl took full advantage of this by setting several IGFA World Records, including the IGFA Men’s 3-kg (6-lb) Tippet Class World Record with this 1.59-kilogram (3-pound, 8-ounce) machaca, a member of the Brycon genus that encompasses 43 different species. Hampl landed this record machaca on a fruit fly while floating a river in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Congratulations, Federico, on another record and hopefully the first of many for this newly added species.
Hans Yuque-Zepeda’s All-Tackle Length World Record Great Barracuda
Hans Yuque-Zepeda, age 8, landed this 116-centimeter great barracuda on March 26, 2022, while fishing out of Miami, Florida, US. This impressive ‘cuda earned Hans the new IGFA All-Tackle Length World Record for the species. Hans was fishing with his father Lorenzo when this barracuda struck a ballyhoo, and after a short battle he was able to boat this record fish. With the help of his father, Hans recorded the proper measurements on his official IGFA measuring device and released the cuda safely. Congratulations, Hans, on another amazing record!
Walker’s Grey Snapper
Captain Ed Walker has set yet another IGFA World Record, this time landing this impressive 53-centimeter grey snapper (mangrove snapper) to set the IGFA All-Tackle Length Fly World Record for the species. He was fishing aboard his boat “Long Gone” out of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and landed this snapper on a hand-tied fly. After recording the proper measurements on his official IGFA measuring device, he released the fish safely. Congratulations, Captain Ed, on continuing to produce impressive records from the Gulf of Mexico!
Bennett’s Orinoco Peacock
On March 3, 2022, Griffith Bo Bennett landed this 4.54-kilogram (10-pound) Orinoco peacock, setting the IGFA Men’s 10-kg (20-lb) Tippet Class World Record for the species. He was fishing out of Tucunare Lodge in Colombia when this fish struck his “peacock slammer” fly. After landing this record fish Bennett took several measurements and photos before releasing the peacock safely. Congratulations, Griffith, on a beautiful fish and an impressive record!