June 18th 2010
Since it’s heavy into Tarpon season there’s lots of people catching them out there. This eventually brings up the talks of world records. The largest one ever caught under IGFA rules was a monster on a mullet in Africa. The captain on that boat that day was none other than Patrick Sebile of Sebile lures himself. The photo is courtesy of the IGFA.
Until today, I have never seen a good photo of the record fish. This gives you a good perspective of how big that fish was. Next time someone tells you they caught a 300lb tarpon that is.
I remember Patrick telling me the story. The one thing that stuck out in my mind was that he mentioned he didn’t get a tip. 🙂
“Max Domecq of Hossegor, France was guided by Captain Patrick Sebile on March 20, 2003 to catch the All-Tackle 286 lb 9 oz (130 kg) tarpon. They were still-fishing a live mullet out of Rubane, Guinee Bissau, Africa. Before that day, Max had never caught a tarpon and Sebile recalled him saying “please Patrick, my dream is to catch a tarpon, even one at 20 kilos.” Two days later when they fished for tarpon, this giant fish was Max’s first tarpon bite ever. The fight lasted and hour and 4 minutes. The fish measured 90.16 inches (229 cm) to the fork (7.5 feet) and had a 50 inch (128 cm) girth. The catch was made on 50-lb manufacturer stated line class but was later tested at IGFA headquarters where the line over-tested and bumped the catch into the 80-lb line class record category.”