Australian fly angler Dr. Gary Justin Post has put New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean firmly on the map for every inshore angler in search of trophy bonefish after landing an incredible 7.48 kg (16lb 8oz) fish while fishing Boat Pass Flats.
The fish took a Crazy Charlie fly and put up an amazing 45-minute fight before it was landed, properly documented, and released alive.
With the existing IGFA men’s 8kg (16lb) tippet class record standing at 6.97 kg (15lb 6oz), Post’s fish easily qualifies for the potential new record in this tippet class.
The IGFA all-tackle world record for the bonefish is a jaw dropping 19-pounder caught by Brian Batchelor off Zululand, South Africa in May 1962. That fish measured over a metre in length!