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2013 IGFA World Record Book
2013 IGFA World Record Book

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The annual publication of the IGFA - widely regarded as the Bible of sportfishing - offers 409 pages of articles, how-tos, and the 2013 list of fishing world records.
  • Since the first annual IGFA World Record Game Fishes book appeared in 1943, the publication has had a legacy as one of the most reliable and complete sources of international fishing records and related reference materials. This year the tradition of inspiring awe, appreciation, and an ethical approach to our sport continues with the selection of Marc Montocchio’s blue marlin photograph for the cover. Montocchio specializes in capturing images and video of unhooked, free-swimming game fish. His focus on the health and conservation of some of the ocean’s most majestic species speaks to the IGFA’s mission and goals in 2013.
    The 2013 IGFA World Record Game Fishes opens with a reflection on and celebration of one of the most momentous achievements in IGFA history: the passage of the Billfish Conservation Act into United States law. On page 34, IGFA President Rob Kramer and Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser discuss the evolution of the legislation and its implications. Schratwieser then follows this conservation discussion with an article about improving record-seeking techniques — Make Your World Record Count — on page 40.
    Then the topic turns to catching five of Alaska’s salmon species in one day, exclusively on fly tackle, in The Hoodoo River Salmon Slam. On page 54, author and renowned photographer Pat Ford takes a journey to the southwest Alaska Peninsula and shares valuable techniques, scenic landscapes, and spectacular salmon fishing along the way. Page 68 continues the theme of world-class photography. In Is Technology Changing Fishing’s “Hero Shot” for the Better?, cover artist Marc Montocchio outlines the practices and ethics of taking impressive photographs of a catch, and the ways underwater cameras are changing these images for the better.
    IGFA Historian and Trustee Michael L. Farrior focuses on where the sport started in The Origins of Big-Game Fishing on page 76. Farrior traces 200 years of tackle innovations that have given us the offshore sport we know today. Continuing in the vein of evolution, Billfish Crittercam by Sam Friederichs (page 88) delves into one of the ways billfish research has entered a new era. As he describes an underwater camera he and the National Geographic magazine team have designed and deployed on billfish, Friederichs shares what scientists and anglers are learning from footage shot from a billfish’s perspective.
    Finally, the articles of the 2013 record book close in a spirit of exploration. In Anglers Pursuing a Grand Quest on page 100, Robert Cunningham, IGFA President Rob Kramer, and Dennis Triana share how they have pushed themselves on amazing quests that offer not only incredible fishing, but also opportunities to learn, experience, and feel truly alive.
    Please remember that additional digital content for this book, as well as IGFA tutorial videos and digital publications, are now available online and for Apple and Android smart devices (details on pages 18 and 19). If you are planning fishing travels or seeking to break a world record, please consult the listings for IGFA Official Weigh Stations and IGFA Captains on pages 132 through 144. IGFA members also receive exclusive discounts on products, services and fishing trips, which can be found on pages 148-157. The updated list of world record holders for freshwater and saltwater catches in All-Tackle and All-Tackle Length, line class, tippet, and junior records begins on page 192 and continues through page 336. Lastly, there is the Index of Advertisers (page 407). Their support enables us to produce this publication for anglers worldwide. The IGFA sincerely thanks them and urges all members to consider their products and services.

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