Hungarian angler Tamás Trexler caught a pending International Game Fish Association (IGFA) world report roving coralgrouper whereas on trip in Egypt. The 31-pound, 7-ounce fish is a powerful specimen—and will simply shatter the existing all-tackle world record, which was a 16-pound, 12-ounce fish that was caught on July 14, 2021. Trexler boated his beast on a guided fishing tour on the Crimson Sea on August 12, 2021. He was utilizing a jig in deep open water.
“The chew was very sturdy,” Trexler tells F&S. “The fish pulled with elemental pressure.”
The combat took 15-minutes. By the point the fish reeled in about half of the way in which, Trexler says it misplaced its power. When he received the fish to the floor, Trexler says his “pleasure was immense.” He didn’t notice that the fish had the potential to be a world report, however his information Mahmoud instantly did when he set eyes on the hog. The fish has the potential to almost double the present IGFA report, possible as a result of there haven’t been many roving coralgroupers submitted for report consideration up to now. The truth is, the earlier 16-pounder was the primary roving coralgrouper ever submitted to the IGFA. To qualify a fish for a vacant IGFA report, it should be at the least half of the utmost recorded measurement for the species primarily based on size.
“To place it in perspective, it could be like if there was no report for largemouth bass and somebody submitted a 5-pound fish,” explains IGFA Angler Recognition Coordinator Zack Bellapigna. “That fish would qualify however somebody might simply catch a 10-pound fish as they’re pretty widespread.”
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After measuring the massive coralgrouper, Trexler launched it. That very same day, Trexler says he additionally caught a 24-pound roving coralgrouper—which might’ve probably been a world report had Trexler not caught the 31-pounder. Although Trexler loves saltwater fishing, he says he’s extra of an knowledgeable in freshwater fishing, particularly for catfish and zander. He and his son Bálint go fishing collectively two to 4 occasions per week again house in Hungary on the Danube River. The roving coralgrouper is a comparatively uncommon species of grouper that may be discovered all through the Indo-Pacific area. They feed totally on crustaceans and are distinct for his or her vibrant orange-red our bodies and blue spots. Because the report remains to be pending, Bellapigna says the IGFA can not say whether or not or not the species ID for Trexler’s fish has been confirmed.
“I wish to thank my pal Péter, his son Zsombor, my son Bálint, and our fishing information Mahmoud for this once-in-a-lifetime expertise,” says Trexler.