As part of its 10th annual ‘World Record Achievement Awards’ reception this past weekend, the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) again recognized Shimano for the use of its rods and reels, and also PowerPro for its braided line, in setting world records in 2012.
In tracking both line class, all-tackle and junior category record catches during 2012, the use of Shimano reels leads the way with 178 saltwater records and 65 freshwater records. Shimano rods also took top honors with 75 saltwater records.
For the first time since 2003 when the IGFA starting recognizing tackle manufacturers in its annual ‘Top Ten’ record rankings, PowerPro braid was used by more anglers in setting saltwater records than any other brand. Manufactured in Grand Junction, Colo. by Innovative Textiles, a Shimano American Corp. company, PowerPro was used for 52 IGFA records.
Going back to 2002, Shimano reels have been the number one listed brand used each year in both the saltwater and freshwater reels ‘Top Ten.’ One of the more prominent records in 2012 is the all-tackle world record yellowfin tuna, a 427-pounder, caught on a Tiagra 50LRWS reel by Guy Yocom.
For more information on the IGFA and its record keeping programs, visit igfa.org.
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