Young anglers have a new chance to catch and release IGFA World Records

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA), a global conservation non-profit that manages world records for all game fish species worldwide, recently debuted a new category for junior anglers to compete in World Record fishing.

Beginning March 1, 2023, the new IGFA All-Tackle Length Junior Category will be open to all anglers ages 16 and under, providing them with an opportunity to experience the thrill of setting World Records while promoting conservation through catch-and-release fishing.

The new category adheres to strict angling rules and best handling practices, requiring young anglers to submit proper World Record documentation including measurements, photographs, and releasing their catch.

“By introducing the All-Tackle Length Junior Category, we hope to inspire the next generation of anglers to get out and fish, while promoting ethical and sustainable fishing practices,” said IGFA President Jason Schratwieser. “Fishing is a fantastic way to connect with the outdoors, and we believe that by engaging young people with this sport, we can inspire the next generation of stewards of our oceans, lakes, and rivers and help ensure the long-term health and vitality of our aquatic resources.”

The new category represents a significant step forward for youth involvement in angling. With children and teenagers increasingly disconnected from the outdoors, the IGFA hopes to inspire a new wave of young anglers who are passionate about the sport and its role in connecting people to nature. To learn more about IGFA Angling Rules, visit

IGFA World Records are published each spring in the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book and distributed to IGFA members worldwide. In addition to featuring all current World Records, the nearly 500-page volume features IGFA Slam & Trophy Clubs, fishing tips, conservation updates, and more. World Records can also be viewed online. To learn more about becoming a member and receiving your annual copy of the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book, go to

For more information about the new All-Tackle Length Junior Category for World Records including a list of eligible species, click here

Founded in 1939, The International Game Fish Association is a nonprofit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rulemaking, record keeping and recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the field of angling.