While it is unlikely what happens if you catch a world record?

ZenoZeno Posts: 19 Greenhorn
If I am correct you are allowed to take one redfish a day between 18" & 27". Lets just say some one ( certainly not me ) catches the biggest redfish ever caught. This is an enormous fish that is sure to set a world record. Is there any way for the fisherman to get his fish into the record book without getting his own name on a police blotter somewhere?



  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 4,552 Moderator
    No. And even if you got your name on a police blotter, you wouldn't get it in the record book as taking a fish illegally would disqualify it for a record.
  • Gary S. ColecchioGary S. Colecchio Posts: 24,922 AG
    Zeno wrote: »
    While it is unlikely what happens if you catch a world record?

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  • brettfitzbrettfitz Posts: 438 Deckhand
    Seems to me I ran across this when doing research on snook stuff. I'll summarize what I remember and you can extrapolate for redfish.
    I remember talking with a guy at IGFA and he said if you are fishing from a jetty, bridge piling, or wading you can weigh a big snook and it would count for the record if all of the conditions were met. Such as, you have a certified scale, witness, etc. He said you can weigh a net without a fish, put the fish in it and do the math. If you have photos, such a scenario would probably stand up provided all other requirements were met. What you can NOT do is weigh the fish while in a boat. This creates the biggest obstacle, I think.

    Since you can not "possess" a fish out of season or over slot, you would have to have everything with you on the spot. In other words, you can't catch it in your fish from your boat, zoom across the bay to a jetty (or even 10 feet to an oyster bar) to position yourself for a legal weigh. If you are on the flats, and it is shallow, you can jump over right there and do the weighing business.

    In the case of reds I doubt you could ever make it happen since the biggest ones are not caught near shore (or near Florida, if you are going for the BIG record of over 90 pounds).

    In a nutshell, you have to head out with the intent of breaking a record and have all of your ducks in a row or there is no way you will have everything you need to qualify.

    I've never messed with world records, but I think if you pull it off you get something like 77 virgins in heaven, a ticker-tape, and a package of three free circle hooks from some Japanese knock-off company. And a sticker for your truck window and boat so other anglers know what kind of fishing stud you are.
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  • monoxidemonoxide Posts: 1,094 Officer
    my ex girlfriends dad holds the record for hammer heads when he got the record they gave him a patch, and a plaque and a membership to the igfa but i think thats it.

    how would i go about getting a record for a tarpon? do i have to have a tag for it or can i do it like a snook if i can find a scale big enough.
  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 4,552 Moderator
    Don't know how old the hammerhead record is, but now you must be a member of IGFA to have a record certified. If you are not a member, the fee for certification is higher than for members, and includes membership. I've never heard about a plaque or patch. A record holder gets a pretty nice certificate.

    As for tarpon, yes, you must have a tag. Even the anglers in the PTTS in Boca Grand have to tag their fish, which are weighed on a sling and released. They have to tag them to transport them to the scale.
  • monoxidemonoxide Posts: 1,094 Officer
    he got his hammer in 2006.
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