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So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time?

Posted By: Osbornfishing

So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/22/19 07:39 PM

I recently wrote a book titled, "The Art of Fishing for Records," and I am working on some other projects concerning fishing for records. I am updating my research, and I need to know how many of you are interested in fishing for freshwater records. I know some of you out there have caught record fish that were never recorded. If you are not interested in documenting records, please let me know why. Thank you in advance.
Posted By: BillS2006

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/22/19 10:51 PM

Fishing is for fun, not work. I caught what would have been a state record carp years ago, it swam off peaceably. Plus I usually fish alone, no certified scales close, and it just doesn't seem like fun to me.
Posted By: Osbornfishing

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/22/19 11:37 PM

That is exactly the kind of reply I am looking for - on the not interested side. BillS2006 thanks for taking time to reply.
Posted By: Jimbo

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/23/19 11:50 AM

Check over in the bluegill/sunfish section of the forum.
Banker-always fishing which is his screen name, is our own TFF expert on obtaining the forms and information necessary to record your record catches.
He also holds many freshwater records.
I'm sure he can answer any question you may have on fishing for records!
Posted By: Jimbo

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/23/19 12:02 PM

My personal take is that it's a personal thing, and I've held records before and had for several years only to have them broken.
Records are going to be broken eventually, so I guess it's just being able to say, "I once held a record" can be satisfying as holding the record itself?
Posted By: T Bird

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/23/19 12:26 PM

Not for me. I prefer catching numbers of fish.
Posted By: BillS2006

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/23/19 02:04 PM

Originally Posted by Osbornfishing
That is exactly the kind of reply I am looking for - on the not interested side. BillS2006 thanks for taking time to reply.


Just to clarify, I have no problem with record seekers. If that's what floats their boats, so be it.
Posted By: grout-scout

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/24/19 12:48 AM

For bass, I like to read the details of the catch: moon phase, time of day, lure used, lake, etc.. But as far as just fishing for a record, no thanks.
Posted By: MathGeek

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/24/19 07:49 PM

My sons and I hold several fish records in Louisiana. It takes some work to identify locations for certified scales beforehand, as well as the location and hours of the state biologist. More time to comply with paperwork, photos, and witness requirements.

I could see jumping through all the hoops again if we end up with a top 5 fish in the boat.
Posted By: Buff2

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/29/19 06:35 PM

When they first started the Fly Fishing section I was living on Bob Sandlin and decided to try to catch the record for every kind of fish that was in the lake. I checked the other day and they have all been replace except the Channel Cat. It was something to do but has no real meaning .
Posted By: fouzman

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/29/19 06:44 PM

I have no interest in seeing my name in lights, or a record book . So no intentional record pursuit, here.
Posted By: Fish Chaser

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/30/19 01:58 PM

I have more fly fishing records than anyone else in Texas, that and $2.00 will buy me a cup of coffee. It's a fun hobby, but that's all it is is a hobby. All it means is that I took the time to file for records while most don't want to fool with the hassle. No doubt that people have beaten every one of my records but they just didn't care about it or didn't want to spend the time to file - to each his own. To me it's simply a fun hobby.
Posted By: bronco71

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/30/19 03:49 PM

I don't fish for records but did catch a lake record smallmouth once while in a bass tournament so it was entered. Record held for a couple years before being beat out by someone fishing with live bait, last time I checked that record still holds many years later. The fact that live bait catches are included with artificial and the fact 2nd places are not listed on lake records discourages me from doing the paperwork in the future....
Posted By: JJ4MEL

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/30/19 06:25 PM

I enjoy BIG fish records. I honestly can't appreciate someone catching a 2 lb fish with 2 lb line and setting some kind of record for that tactic. Have a fly record and rod/reel record and be done with it.

My daughter caught a Jr. angler, water body record red ear when she was 5. Since I did not have certified scales, and no access to a certified scale nearby, I would have had to just let it die to get it certified. We gladly let it go.
Posted By: jackiekennedyfishingguide

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/31/19 06:55 PM

If you fish enough and have everything lined up it's no big deal.
If you set out to just record fish you are setting yourself up to be disappointed on the majority of your trips.
Posted By: JackCaster

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 07/31/19 08:13 PM

1992 I caught what would have been the lake record white crappie for Ray Roberts. We were night fishing and had caught several huge fish. We only weighed one at the local Albertsons deli when we got back to Plano. 16" long, 3.25#. I have it on the wall and my kids, who grew up with it, call it Mr Fish. In '92, life was not as connected and getting a lake record recognized was a considerable process. Fast forward to today, I would definitely turn any fish I thought was a record.
Posted By: SAKS

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 08/02/19 07:15 PM

I don't fish for records but I do fish for big fish most of the time.
Posted By: jnogreen

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 08/02/19 08:53 PM

Did it once for a water body record, took 3 days to locate a certified scale fish had shrunk and lost some weight kept on ice. just wouldn't do it again not really worth the trouble. But a state record bass or share a Lunker. Maybe yeah I would.
Posted By: TXMulti-Species

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 08/03/19 07:44 PM

I try to specifically target the biggest fish possible, not with the intent to set a waterbody or state record but to set my own records! I've got a certified scale but it's only to ensure the most accurate weight possible. Don't want to miss out on even a few ounces if it might be a PB, lol. One thing to note in my case - for Rough Fish like Carp, Buffalo, Gar, etc. which I target more than all others, there are no regulations and they may be taken with means that I personally disagree with. Turning in a record draws attention to that body of water and the fish ultimately pay the price. Doesn't fit with my Catch, Photo, and Release mentality. After all, I don't use my protective mat, weigh sling, and antibacterial spray so that someone else can come and kill the fish I'm trying to capture again at a heavier weight! 2cents
Posted By: ToasterWEyes

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 08/05/19 10:03 AM

TX Multi, I wouldn't worry about bowfishermen following your records to find big fish.... Every time we go out any record you have is beaten from my boat, with the exception of koi. Pretty much any lake in North Texas has huge fish, it's just a matter of knowing them and where they will be that time of year. Examples are shallow spawning flats in spring, on points with deep drops heat of summer, on rock to stay warm in winter after a warming trend, etc. And with a fan boat you can just keep covering water until you find them.
In addition, I personally prefer to shoot lakes without a lot of houses and docks on them to avoid conflict with property owners. The fan is loud and the HPS lights are very bright. Although I enjoy the sport, I also don't want to ruin anyone else's time on the water.
Not trying to start an argument, just letting you know. Post your water body records, it has zero effect on when and where most of us choose to shoot.
Posted By: Osbornfishing

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 08/13/19 12:29 AM

There are some great posts here. This is just what I am looking for. Thanks to all of you that have replied so far. Currently the majority of the anglers don't think catching records is worth the time. Fish Chaser congratulations on all your fly fishing records. One thing to remember is that Texas has an excellent catch and release record program. The catch and release program is based on length, so you do not have to kill the fish to document a record. You do not need a scale, only a measuring device. As an added bonus, each fish may qualify for a big fish award, and if you get 5 of those you can become a Texas Elite Angler. As an elite angler, you get a nice certificate. Although most of you probably don't care, the certificate looks nice hanging on the wall lol. Keep the posts coming, I am taking notes.
Posted By: senko9S

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 08/14/19 10:08 PM

caught a salt water record once, never submitted it though.
Posted By: JIM SR.

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 08/14/19 10:30 PM

I want to catch a 29 pound largemouth bass, .... fish
Posted By: Osbornfishing

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 08/15/19 12:49 PM

Originally Posted by JIM SR.
I want to catch a 29 pound largemouth bass, .... fish


Me too! I would like to have another IGFA All-Tackle World Record roflmao .
Posted By: adchunts

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 08/15/19 03:17 PM

Not worth the effort unless it is a ShareLunker or similar. I caught a Redear earlier in the summer that would have been a water body record, but not worth the time to track down a certified scale and go through the certification process.
Posted By: Osbornfishing

Re: So let's talk about fishing for records - Is it worth the time? - 10/01/19 03:12 PM

Originally Posted by adchunts
Not worth the effort unless it is a ShareLunker or similar. I caught a Redear earlier in the summer that would have been a water body record, but not worth the time to track down a certified scale and go through the certification process.


Don't forget about the TPWD catch and release records. They are based on length and you don't need to find a scale.
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