According to a recent press release from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), young anglers still have an opportunity to earn an IGFA world record in many different freshwater or saltwater categories.
There are a total of 157 vacancies remaining in the IGFA Junior Angler World Record Program.
Junior male and female anglers can compete on an international basis in either a "small fry" division for children, ages 10 and under, or a "junior" division for ages 11-16.
In the Female Junior Division, there are 66 vacancies including smallmouth bass.
In the Female Small Fry Division, there are a number of vacancies including readear sunfish and Eastern brook trout.
In the Male Junior Division, vacancies include blue catfish and sturgeon.
In the Male Small Fry Division, vacancies include black crappie and sockeye salmon.
The junior anglers do not have to keep their fish in order to qualify for a record and "catch and release" is strongly encouraged.
There is no charge for submitting a world record application to IGFA.
The winning youngsters will receive recognition with a colorful certificate, suitable for framing.
For a free list of all IGFA junior world records for boys and girls, through age 16, a free junior world record application form and a sample junior newsletter, contact Kathy Corser at IGFA, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida, 33004, call (954) 927-2628 or FAX at (954) 924-4299.