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Mexican angler Jorge Lazo potentially set the new men’s 24 kg (50 lb) line class world record for yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) with this massive 192.59 kg (424 lb 9 oz) fish the he caught on January 8th while fishing out of Loreto, Mexico. Lazo was using a live mackerel for bait when the huge tuna hit, taking Lazo nearly two hours to land on the stand-up gear he was using. If approved, the catch will be the second heaviest yellowfin ever recorded by the IGFA, and would easily replace the existing record of 175 kg (385 lb 12 oz).
Brazilian angler Mariozan Gomes Do Nascimento possibly set the new All-Tackle world record for vazzoleri peacock (Cichla vazzoleri) with this beautiful 7.71 kg (17 lb) fish that he caught and released on September 26th while fishing the Rio Paratucu in Brazil. The potential record peacock hit a topwater plug that Nascimento was casting, and put up a tough five minute fight. If approved, the catch will replace the existing world record of 5.9 kg (13 lb).