How To Enter a Bowfin Record
With bowfin, you never know when you might be the next World Record holder; it could very well be
your next fish. The following
tips, posted with permission from The National Freshwater Fishing Hall
of Fame, are good to keep in mind when out finnin'. Visit the
Fishing Hall of Fame for applications that you can download, print out and
keep in your tackle box. Note that for C&R records weighing the
fish automatically disqualifies the application. It might be a good
idea to research your State Records application info - a lot of fin
records are open and yours for the submission.
Print the form, go finnin', and enter a new C&R record. Get your name in the Record Books!
Tips on establishing a record catch (Kept fish)
When you suspect you have a fish on your line which is large
for its species and may be a record catch, do
not allow another person to touch your line or tackle during the
encounter. More than one person involved in subduing the
fish may disqualify the catch (except for help in netting or gaffing.)
Get the fish to a certified or balance type scale (one legal
for trade) as soon as possible. Such scales are found in stores, post
offices, fisheries, medical facilities, industry, feed mills, and often
in sport shops, tourism centers or resorts.
To insure unquestionable accuracy use a scale to which is
affixed a seal bearing a number, inspector, and date of check. Spring
mechanism type scales are sometimes inaccurate, but may be used if they
can later be verified for accuracy in case you are in a place where a
certified scale is not available. Such spring scale check/verification
documents would then be required to be submitted.
Weigh your fish ONLY ONCE
in the presence of two disinterested witnesses and get their full name,
address, and signatures. Measure girth, fork length, and total length.
Have your fish identified as to species by a professional
fisheries person. If the fish is a suspected hybrid or a potential
all-tackle record, have its species identified by a fish biologist or
taxonomist. Get such identifier's full name, address, signature, and
place of employment.
Have photos taken, color is best. Hold fish broadside for
further positive identification purposes. If possible, take a
black/white picture also for future press reprint purposes. Use a good
camera, take a well-lighted, clear, sharp, close-up photo. For small
fish close-ups, waist shots are best.
Do not open the fish. This my be required later to verify
weight is suspicion arises. Meanwhile, keep the catch cold fresh or
frozen until status is determined. A taxidermist can mount a fish that
has been frozen.
Save the first 25 feet or more of line next to the hook/bait
to later send with your application for laboratory line test purpose.
Wind line on a notched cardboard to avoid kinks or tangles. For
fly-fishing records, save about 25 inches of the tippet used, leaving
the fly/hook attached (fly returned by request). For pole/line/no reel,
or ice fishing records, only heaviest of species is recognized so a
line sample need not be submitted. Records are updated quarterly in the
Hall's official publication "The Splash" and annually in the Hall's
World & State Book of Records, out each April.
For world record application and rules form, write or call the
National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 690, 10360 Hall of
Fame Drive, Hayward, WI 54843, Phone: 715/634-4440. For local record
application contact the state or province DNR or Fish and Game
To all applicants:
Due to the increased handling and material cost, the board of
directors of the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame have found
it necessary to charge a $20.00
processing fee to non-member record applicants. If you are a member of
the hall this is a free service. If you would like to become a member
of the hall, return the membership form with $30.00 and your world record
application. Thank you for your interest in our programs.
World Records Committee
World & State records
The Hall publishes an 8 1/2 x 11 inch, 78 page book of records
out each April, covering 145 species in current and all-tackle and line
class records in our "kept" category. The record book also lists our
"catch and release" category recognizing 56 fish species in all-tackle
and line classes.
The listing shows the records that are open, yet to be filled
in rod/reel, fly fishing, pole/line/no reel, and ice fishing divisions
in both "kept" and "catch and release" categories. The book lists the
fish records of the 50 states as well as foreign species. There are
also pages of tips, rules and guidelines, fishing facts, and
application forms. Every angler should have a book.
The records book is FREE
to members. For others, it is available as a non-profit
item for $10.00 by mail to cover the cost of
printing, handling and over a dollar in postage ($11.00 outside
U.S.A.). Please remit your check or better yet, become a member
and receive the book and other benefits free as well as
the latest quarterly record updates on a regular basis. Such quarterly
record updates are listed in the Hall's mini-magazine, the "Splash,"
that members receive.