Sailfish Bay Anglers Unofficially Break IGFA World Fly Fishing Record
On Jan 16, 2005, anglers Ben Hovey fishing on Gypsy and Bill Rogers aboard Maverick released sailfish over 130 lbs each while using 20 lb tippet. The current IGFA world record for Pacific sailfish on 20 lb tippet is 130 lbs caught in Costa Rica several years ago. Both anglers released fish over 130 lbs, verified by the boat captains and mates who have experienced catching thousands of sailfish in Guatemala. The law in Guatemala prevents the killing of sailfish even for potential world records so we can only claim "unofficial" new records. Ben Hovey who lives in Rhode Island and Bill Rogers from Minnesota, were both first timers at Sailfish Bay and new to fly fishing for billfish. It was an incredible day of fishing for both and congratulations for their accomplishments.