Save this post, and if you catch a record-beater, or one that is close to these records, take lots of photos then register your fish immediately at the nearest tackle shop! They will measure, witness, and report your record to make it valid in the record books. These are fly fishing specifically, not necessarily the overall world record, but most certainly a huge challenge to hook and land.
IGFA is the entity that maintains world records, for both saltwater and freshwater game fish.
In order to qualify, a catch must be a minimum of 1 pound, and must outweigh the existing record or meet the minimum weight requirement.
No applications will be accepted for any fish caught in hatchery waters, in sanctuaries or in small bodies of water that are specifically stocked for commercial purposes.
The catch must not be out of compliance with any laws or fishing regulations applicable to the species or the location / waters in which it was caught.
When an additional species of fish is made eligible for IGFA All-Tackle, Line Class, Tippet Class, Junior, or Small-fry world records, the date will be announced by the IGFA. Fish caught on or after the announced date will be eligible for records, but not if caught beforehand.
If an angler submits more than one fish for the same record, and they were caught on the same day, only the largest of the two fish will be accepted.