IGFA World Record: 102.8 pound Narrowbarred Mackerel Caught in a Kayak

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South African Ettienne Thiebaut set the IGFA World Record for narrowbarred mackerel from his Stealth kayak.

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Angler Ettienne Thiebaut caught this enormous narrowbarred mackerel while fishing from his kayak off the coast of Cape Vidal, South Africa on June 17th. Equipped with 15 kg (30 lb) class tackle, Thiebaut skillfully played the fish from his kayak for 20 minutes after the mackerel ate the live bait he was fishing. However once the fish was boat side, Thiebaut then faced the issue of actually landing the fish. After several failed attempts in increasingly choppy conditions, Thiebaut was finally able to bring the huge fish on board his kayak and slowly make his way to shore. Back on land, the fish tipped the scales at a whopping 46.5 kg (102 lb 8 oz) – heavy enough to qualify Thiebaut for the new All-Tackle record, which has stood at 44.91 kg (99 lb) since 1982. 

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“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.


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