Captain goes fishing on day off, sets pending world record

Captain goes fishing on day off, sets pending world record

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Captain goes fishing on day off, sets pending world record

Brian Vaughn, a sportfishing captain based in Hilton Head, S.C., went fly fishing on his day off recently and appears to have broken a world record that has stood for 35 years.

Vaughn, who had been out without clients and casting a streamer fly, landed a 35-pound jack crevalle after a marathon battle in the Calibogue Sound.

Brian Vaughn with pending world-record jack crevalle. Photo: Off the Hook Charters

“Just broke the JACK CREVALLE 8lb. Tippet Class WORLD RECORD on the FLY!” Vaughn, owner of Off the Hook Charters, wrote on Instagram. “This big JACK weighed in at 35 lbs and put up an epic 2 hour and 15 minute fight!”

The current world record for 8-pound tippet class stands at 31 pounds. That fish was caught off Port Canaveral, Fla., in 1983.

Vaughn, who caught the fish last Thursday, said he was abiding by International Game Fish Assn. rules and that he has submitted his record application.

The approval process typically takes about three weeks.

Jack crevalle are incredibly powerful for their size, and represent a formidable challenge on light tackle or fly-fishing gear.

The voracious predators are typically caught in coastal waters and have been known to chase smaller schooling fish onto beaches.

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