03-08-2014, 03:41 AM
Great Chance to Hold a World Record!....
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) as of April 1st will be splitting up their Freshwater Line Class & Fly Rod records into both male and female catagories just like the saltwater records.
What that means is (and considering most records are held by males), every FW-LC/FR record held by a woman will be made vacant and open in the men's group, yet with even more opportunities every record a man holds will be open in the female catagory!
Understand as well, though some records are made to be broken (like submitting a 1lb.-3oz. Largemouth Bass for a 20# line class), know that some of these records have held for some time, and it takes someone actually going through the process to submit the record. So for all intents and purposes your large yet by no means biggest of the species catch might last for decades even.
For the full article look here: IGFA | IGFA Expands Freshwater Record Program
That said, the IGFA is an organization I cannot speak highly enough about. Initially based out of the U.S. Museum of Natural History, they utilize the collection of record data simply as one of their many research tools and to promote ethical, educated fisheries information, and protect sport-fisherman's interests.
As I have stated elsewhere:
"Conservation based focussed upon protecting sport fishing interests, since 1939 the IGFA has been a primary focal point for sport-fishing record keeping, scientific research and commercial fishing data. Due to their vast statistical resources, the IGFA works as a recreational angler representative and advocate among sporting, commercial, scientific and governmental organizations and is consulted on 6 continents, in 140 countries and territories, and by 44 International Regional Fishing Bodies, including the United Nations."
Unlike many organizations that seek to fill a select fews already silver lined pockets with even more money, the IGFA really is about conservation, research, and improving our opportunities at recreational fishing by even helping to control commercial fishing practices.
The IGFA truly is worth looking into...
-To conserve and protect our sporting outdoor heritage
----through responsible wildlife and natural resource
---------stewardship, and educated ethical use.