In the late 1970s and early 1980s, something unique happened in the quiet little town on the west coast of Florida known as Homosassa. Tarpon Records World Tarpon Record – Biggest Ever Registered. The anglers spent all day on the water competing and would gather each night to socialize and party--some harder than others. IGFA all tackle world record tarpon at 286lbs 9oz! Made by King Sailfish Mounts of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this tarpon casting is a replica of the world-record catch brought in by James (Jim) Holland Jr. on May 11, 2000. The fever dream would last for five seasons or so, a singular moment in time—the best fly anglers in the world together in the same place at the same time with the same goal. By 1978, all of the players were in place in Homosassa, in pursuit of their sport’s Holy Grail: the world record for the most glamorous and coveted fly rod species, the tarpon. Class: Actinopterygii. The best fly anglers in the world—Lefty Kreh, Stu Apte, Ted Williams, Tom Evans, Billy Pate and others—all gathered together to chase the same Holy Grail: The world record for the world’s most glamorous and sought-after fly rod species, the tarpon. Pursuant to section 120.74, Florida Statutes, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has published its 2019 Agency Regulatory Plan. There is a wide variety of record titles to choose from and they can be attempted across a broad range of platforms. In 1982, Billy Pate set a fly fishing record on 16-pound tippet with a 188-pound tarpon caught off of Homosassa. Pulled hook? By Doug Olander, Editor, Sportfishing Magazine. Plus we have the world records for the fish in Freshwater and in Saltwater. For the next 19 years, some of the world's best fly fishermen and guides attempted to break Pate's record and become the first angler to land a tarpon on fly fishing tackle that was over 200 pounds. Literally, it is a big faced fish. This one's scientific name is derived from the Greek words "mega", for large, and "lops", for face. From the bestselling author of Saban, 4th and Goal, and Sowbelly comes the thrilling, untold story of the quest for the world record tarpon on a fly rod—a tale that reveals as much about Man as it does about the fish. Family: Megalopidae. Copyright 1999 - 2020 State of Florida. But four fishermen took turns fighting it, which negates a record, and Moore didn't have a tarpon tag to keep it. The all-tackle world record (additionally certified as the 80-pound class record) for a giant tarpon is 286-pounds, 9-ounces caught by Max Domecq in Rubane, Guinea-Bissau, Africa on March 20, 2003. On May 11, 2001, that feat finally happened. Drew Denick, Ron Joyce, and Jeremy and Jan Tombl chartered a boat with Moore for a day of tarpon fishing on the Gulf of Mexico. That fish measured just over 90 inches to the fork. But Divine Intervention? So enjoy your visit at the Fishing World Records. So a tarpon over 300 pounds would have demolished the record (relatively speaking). By Alex Robinson. Gotta love those Greeks! The all-tackle world record (additionally certified as the 80-pound class record) for a giant tarpon is 286-pounds, 9-ounces caught by Max Domecq in Rubane, Guinea-Bissau, Africa on March 20, 2003. © 2020 American Museum Of Fly Fishing All rights reserved. Online Records. The fish weighed 202 lbs, 8 oz., and was the first 200-pound tarpon officially recorded as being caught on a fly. The best fly anglers in the world all gathered together to chase the same Holy Grail--the world record for the most glamorous and coveted fly rod species, the tarpon. This week I interview Monte Burke [@44:46], author of the recently released book Lords of the Fly. And the world record fell nearly every year. The Florida state record for tarpon caught with conventional tackle is 243 pounds, caught by Gus Bell in Key West in 1975 on just 20-pound test line. (The interview starts at 44:46) This week, I interview Monte Burke, author of the recently released book Lords of the Fly.. It’s a chronicle of the history of tarpon fishing with a fly rod, and especially the magical period in the late 20th century where huge tarpon and the best fly anglers in the world converged on a little town on the Florida coast. Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, See a full list of our Social Media accounts. Records are subject to change at a moment's notice so, for up-to-date world record information for tarpon and a variety of other species, visit the International Game Fish Association. Since 1975, the Florida state record for a tarpon has been a 243-pound fish caught in Key West. Tournament Tails / February 14, 2014 . Local guides and other fishing lodge owners in Nicaragua are wasting no time giving their two cents on the supposed historic catch: Phylum: Chordata. (Steve Huff/) This story is adapted and excerpted from Lords of the Fly: Madness, Obsession, and the Hunt for the World-Record Tarpon, by Monte Burke.Fishing records is not a new topic for Burke. Sep 6, 2017 - Explore adtr76's board "Tarpon records" on Pinterest. Possible World Record Tarpon Caught and Released in Florida OutdoorHub Reporters 07.02.13 On June 24, Captain Justin Moore took four anglers just off Anna Maria Island in … All fish must be caught per IGFA rules. 620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL • (850) 488-4676 Our good friend Captain Ted Christie of the Florida Keys and angler Michael Swerdlow of Islamorada caught a pending world record bonefish on fly November 27, 2008. June 18, 2010 Sam Root. The current world record (far right) was caught by Max Domecq on March 20, 2003. Inadequate strength of line or leader? Pate's 16-pound tippet record was broken on May 13, 2003 with a 190-pound, 9-ounce tarpon caught by Tom Evans Jr. Evans was guided by Captain Al Doparik. In the more than 40 years since Tom Evans, a New York City stockbroker, first caught a world-record fish in Homosassa, Fla., in 1977, he has returned to the area and landed six more record tarpons in the surrounding waters. From the bestselling author of Saban, 4th and Goal, and Sowbelly comes the thrilling, untold story of the quest for the world record tarpon on a fly rod—a tale that reveals as much about Man as it does about the fish. Tampa, FL – According to sources, a Christian man lost a possible World-Record Tarpon boat side today. Search for the biggest fish in the International Game Fish Association's database of biggest fish for each species. Legendary tarpon guide Steve Huff shows off a 186-pound tarpon caught off Homosassa, Florida, in 1977. July 1, 2013. From the bestselling author of Saban, 4th and Goal, and Sowbelly comes the thrilling, untold story of the quest for the world record tarpon on a fly rod—a tale that reveals as much about Man as it does about the fish. Report fish kills, wildlife emergencies, sightings, etc. The anglers would meet each morning for breakfast. The guide was Captain Bob West who also guided two other anglers to Florida records that have since been broken. Michael is a dedicated angler spending countless days looking for these monster ghosts of the flats. Order: Elopiformes. One Lady Angler's Record Tarpon Of these records, all of the major fly fishing records have been caught off of Florida's central west coast in the Homosassa area. It's currently the largest tarpon ever caught and recorded, according to the IGFA, landed in a little over an hour. Records are subject to change at a moment's notice so, for up-to-date world record information for tarpon and a variety of other species, visit the International Game Fish Association . Four anglers fishing with Florida captain Justin Moore landed a monster tarpon last week that could have broken the world record. Value: $50 The bestselling author of Saban, 4th And Goal and Sowbelly, Monte Burke’s new book tells the story of world-record tarpon on fly during the glory days of Homosassa. Not quite what you’d think though. During the more than two-hour battle, the tarpon pulled the boat Jim, his father, and guide Steve Kilpatrick were in nearly four miles; it took two people to hoist it onboard. Since it’s heavy into Tarpon season there’s lots of people catching them out there. A BTT friend and angler, Burke provides an autographed copy to the winner. Fishing World Records. About 90-inches-long (7.5 ft.) from the nose to the fork in the tail, and 50-inches in girth, the biggest tarpon ever caught and registered as a world record was caught off the coast of West Africa just offshore in Guinea – Bissau on the Atlantic coast. Angler Max Domecq (left) landed this 286-pound, 9-ounce tarpon on a mullet in March 2003. This eventually brings up the talks of world records. The largest one ever caught under IGFA rules was a monster on a … The reason for losing the fish? This is the current International Game Fish Association all-tackle world-record tarpon, taken off West Africa in 2003.The guide, at left, by the way, was Patrick Sebile.The fish measured about a foot less than the giant tarpon released off Nicaragua. “Well I was pretty dang confident throwing my Osprey 5000 for these Tarpon. The Quest for the World Record Tarpon, with Monte Burke The Orvis Fly-Fishing Podcast Wilderness Listen on Apple Podcasts. Online record-breaking opens up a world of possibilities, allowing you to connect with audiences in multiple locations. Justin Moore released one of the largest tarpon ever caught on Florida's Gulf Coast at the end of June off Anna Maria Island. Legendary tarpon guide Steve Huff shows off a 186-pound tarpon caught off Homosassa, Florida, in 1977. So how heavy is a 110-inch (total length) tarpon? The monster tarpon was likely a state record of at least 250 pounds, and possibly a world record. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Farris Bryant Building You can search all IGFA World Records for freshwater and saltwater fishes in All-TackleLine Class, All-Tackle Length for male, female and junior anglers. Michael’s bonefish weighed 15 pounds, 4 ounces and was on the 16-pound tippet. When I show people photos of the tarpon I caught, they are always amazed by how big they are, but the fish I caught were just babies compared to some of the world records. Tarpon World Record - 286 lbs. Seems likely. Possible World-Record Tarpon Caught and Released in Florida. We have the world records for all the fish. Did Three Anglers Release the Largest Tarpon Ever Caught on Rod-and-Reel? Capt. Since 2003, the world record has been a 286-pound tarpon caught in … Lords of the Fly: Madness, Obsession and the Hunt for the World-Record Tarpon. Capt. The fish weighed 202 lbs, 8 oz., and was the first 200-pound tarpon officially recorded as being caught on a fly. From the bestselling author of Saban, 4th and Goal, and Sowbelly comes the thrilling, untold story of the quest for the world record tarpon on a fly rod—a tale that reveals as much about Man as it does about the fish.In the late 1970s and early 1980s, something unique happened in the quiet little town on the west coast of Florida known as Homosassa. Our Fishing World Records are official world record fish. World Record Tarpon. Where to find them and their Life Cycle See more ideas about World records, Records, Gone fishing. The IGFA maintains the World Records for all species of game fish. June 18th 2010. (Steve Huff/)This story is Madness, Obsession, and the Hunt for the World-Record Tarpon - A Central Texas father made a record-breaking catch at his son's bachelor party in Port O'Connor Friday morning. Find out more Made by King Sailfish Mounts of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this tarpon casting is a replica of the world-record catch brought in by James (Jim) Holland Jr. on May 11, 2000. Genus: Megalops. The world-record tarpon caught on a fly rod when Evans and Huff headed out that May morning in 1977 was 170 pounds. Happens all the time. Fishing World Records Fisherman's View welcome you to the Fishing World Records. Use the search form above to find fishing world records for freshwater fish, saltwater fish, and more. There is no precise answer but it’s certainly substantially heavier than the all-tackle world record, a massive 286 pounds, 9 ounces caught in 2003 off Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. World Record Tarpon Epic World Record Catch in Maverick Mirage! His 247.6-pound tarpon, if approved by … Jim Holland Jr., guided by Captain Steve Kirkpatrick, caught the first tarpon with fly fishing equipment over 200 pounds: a 202-pound, 8-ounce tarpon on 20-pound tippet. Madness, Obsession, and the Hunt for the World Record Tarpon Monte Burke. Kingdom: Animalia. That’s hard to believe. Sportswriter Burke (Saban: The Making of a Coach) takes a fascinating deep-dive look into the world of tarpon fishing and the town famous for it. Florida currently holds 29 world records for tarpon. The current world record tarpon is less than 11 years old, coming in at 286lb 9oz, caught in March of 2003 in Rubane, Guinea-Bissau.