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Entries in world record (25)


Monters Cats on the Prowl in Kansas Waters

Monster blue catfish up to 100 pounds are already swimming in at least two Kansas rivers and probably Milford Reservoir.

 “The blue catfish has created a kind of big-game fishing in Kansas,” said Doug Nygren, Kansas Wildlife and Parks fisheries chief. “Now people can go out and have a legitimate chance of catching a 50-pound fish.”

Biologists and experienced blue cat anglers say more lakes may hold 100-pounders in the future. Cheney and El Dorado reservoirs, near Wichita, have the potential to grow catfish that could eventually top the current world record of 143 pounds.

“I think Kansas could someday harbor a new world record,” said John Jamison, a professional catfish tournament angler from Spring Hill. “With the forage base we have in our lakes, a 140- to 150-pound fish is highly possible."

Read more here.


That's Not a Goby . . . THIS Is a Goby!

Fish in the top photo is a round goby, an exotic fish introduced to the Great Lakes in the ballast water of ocean-going ships. They grow to about 6 inches maximum, but 3 to 4 inches is the norm. Also, they have proven to be among the favorite forage for smallmouth bass, and anecdotal evidence suggests that they are growing faster and larger on a goby diet.

Fish in the bottom photo is the world record marbled goby, caught in Thailand by John Merritt. It checked in at 5 pound, 3 ounces. IGFA says that it is "likely the largest of gobies." And with a mouth like that, it likely could turn the tables on some of those smallmouth bass that are eating its smaller, globe-trotting cousin.

You can see more "weird world records" at Sport Fishing.

The International Sport Fishing Association (IGFA) is the official record keeper for both fresh and saltwater species. You can see the full list here. For line class records and additional information, you must become a member.


Another Double-Digit Spotted Bass Caught in California


What may be a world record for spotted bass was caught Friday by Cody Meyer on Califorinia's Bullards Bar Reservoir. This is from his Facebook page:

"What an amazing day. I went fishing with my buddy JR Wright, and ended up catching a 10.80 spotted bass today. It has the potential to be a World Record. I am really thankful that I have sponsors who make the best gear in fishing. A fish like this on light line took every bit of technology I had in the boat. I was using one of my prototype Daiwa Corporation - USA Tatula rods which is a signature series coming out soon, and a Daiwa Exist reel, 6-lb Seaguar Fluorocarbon Tatsu line, a Strike King Lure Company Ocho. I spotted it suspended over 100-feet of water using Garmin Panoptix. Being able to see them out in front of us before we moved over them made it possible. In total, our best 5 went for over 40 pounds."

Right now, the IGFA record is 10.5 (10 pounds, 6 ounces). But California recognizes an 11-pound, 3-ounce fish (about 11.2) caught in 2015 as the state record. Additionally, a couple of more unofficial 11 pounders have been caught in California waters recently.

Like the largemouth and smallmouth, the spotted bass is an introduced species in California.


You Just Never Know . . . 

On California's Lower Otay Lake recently, Noy Vilanysane was fishing for bass with light spinning gear when a blue catfish weighing nearly 103 pounds engulfed his 4-inch swimbait.  Equipped with 8-pound line, he battled the beast for nearly a hour. He released it after some quick photos were taken.

California blue catfish record is 113.4 pounds. World record blue cat weighed 143 pounds and was caught in 2011 on Virginia's Kerr Lake.

Catches like Vilanysane's remind us of one of the many reasons that we fish: You might be fishing for one species, but you never know what you're going to catch.

That's happened to me many times over the years, as I've boated big catfish, northern pike, and even a tarpon while fishing for other species. I write about those unpredictable and exciting episodes in Why We Fish.


New British Record Rainbow Was an Escapee

An escapee from a fish farm likely will be the new record rainbow trout for Great Britain.  That's right in keeping with the tradition of the world record rainbow trout caught Saskatchewan in 2009.

Caught by Michael Mitchell, the British lunker weighed 34 pounds, 12 ounces, and, incredibly, is believed to have been just five years old. After escaping from a fish farm on Loch Earn, in Scotland's Perthshire, it grew quickly on abundant minnows and stickleback, as well as smaller brown trout in the lake.

In fact, Mitchell was fishing for stocked brown trout with maggots when the rainbow struck.

"I was out in the loch on a boat with my brother-in-law, Ian Devine, and we just had a break for a sandwich when I caught a wee brown trout which I released because of its size," Mitchell said.

"Then this monster struck and, when it did, it nearly took my rod in. I just managed to grab hold of it in time.

"I knew it was a big one and panicked a bit. It took about 15 minutes to reel in and got a bit of a fright when I saw it. I have never caught a fish that big before."

The huge trout broke through two landing nets before the anglers were able to bring it aboard their boat.

Rainbow trout were introduced into Britain from North America in 1884. They are found in fish farms and lakes, and the most are sterile so they can't spawn.

Coincidentally, the 48-pound world record, caught in Saskatchewan's Lake Diefenbaker also was a triploid, a genetically engineered fish with three sets of chromosomes. Because of their sterility, such fish channel all of their energy into growth instead of reproduction.

That fish surpassed a 43-pound, 10-ounce specimen also caught in in Diefenbaker in 2007.