This New Coralgrouper Fishing World Record Is So Vibrant And Tropical It Looks Fake

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  • An angler fishing in the Red Sea out of Hourghada, Egypt caught a new IGFA fishing world record when he reeled in a massive Coralgrouper (roving)
  • This new fishing world record is going viral because the vibrant red fish looks like a mythical creature you’d expect to find in a cartoon or storybook
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Fishing world records exist to be broken and one angler in the Red Sea just fished his way into the record books with a truly amazing catch. The Coralgrouper (roving) is one of the most stunning species of tropical fish in the ocean and they grow to be pretty big, as you can see below.

Angler Tamas Trexler was fishing with Captain Negrzshi Kouship aboard the GT2 in the Red Sea off of Hourghada, Egypt when he hooked up with a new fishing world record. The previous IGFA fishing world record for Coralgrouper (roving) was caught just a few months ago but this new catch smashed that record by 15 whole pounds.

I keep writing it out as ‘Coralgrouper (roving)’ because the IGFA (who keeps all the records) lists five subspecies of Coralgrouper available for world records. In addition to the Roving Coralgrouper there are records for Blacksaddles, Highfin, Leopard, and Squaretail.

I tweeted a picture of this new world record fish yesterday and the tweet picked up a lot of action from people who are blown away by how it looks. Some claim it’s a photoshopped fish IRL, others have suggested it’s a mythical pokemon. Check it out:

The previous IGFA all-tackle fishing world record for Roving Coralgrouoper was a 16-pound, 12-ounce fish. This new world record tipped the certified scales at 31 pounds and 7 ounces. That’s nearly double the weight of the previous world record for this species. Records are so rarely broken by that big of a margin. It’s incredible.

I’ve never caught a Coralgrouper myself but they really are a stunning fish. Here are some other examples of them in the water:

One person on Twitter pointed out this catch is proof the Red Sea is in fact blue. So everyone make sure to bring that up at the dinner table this Thanksgiving when the meal starts to get weird and the family starts arguing.

Some other new IGFA records that were certified at the end of October include a 13-pound, 5-ounce tiger muskellunge caught by Sarah Elizabeth Harris in New Mexico. That’s now a record fish for the IGFA Women’s 6-kg (12-lb) Line Class for that species. Angler Kelly Troughton in Waihau Bay, New Zealand also made the record books with a 115-pound, 1-ounce southern bluefin tuna. That’s now the record-holding fish for the IGFA Women’s 10-kg (20-lb) Line Class for that species.

To see some pictures of those fish mentioned above you can visit the IGFA website where they list the most recent fishing world records.