Angler Dotty Ballantyne, previous recipient of the IGFA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, recently added another impressive world record to her angling resume – this 12.70 kg (28 lb) cobia (Rachycentron canadum) that she caught on March 19th while fly fishing off Key West, Florida, USA. Ballantyne was fishing aboard the Spindrift, captained by R.T. Trosset, and needed 30 minutes to subdue the stubborn cobia after it ate the fly she was casting.
If approved, the catch will earn Ballantyne the new women’s 4 kg (8 lb) tippet class world record, which currently stands at 9.75 kg (21 lb 8 oz).
IGFA President to Step Down After 15 Years
In other IGFA news, long-time IGFA President Rob Kramer has announced his retirement after nearly 15 years of running the well-known non-profit fishing organisation.
The announcement was made last week in a press release from Kramer and the Board of Trustees. Kramer will continue to work for the IGFA in the role of President through August, 2017 to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership.