Global Angling Achievements Enabled by Shimano, G. Loomis and PowerPro
Fishing success comes down to being in the right place at the right time and having the right gear on hand, an adage that is particularly true for anglers looking for record sized fish. In 2021, the Shimano brands took top honors in the International Sport Fishing Association’s annual compilation of world record tackle, demonstrating the powerful advantages anglers reap with Shimano, G. Loomis and PowerPro products.
Governing the rules of angling and recognizing extraordinary achievement in recreational fishing since 1939, the IGFA maintains world record classes for freshwater and saltwater fish in All-Tackle, Line Class, Tippet Class, Junior, Smallfry and Live Release. The IGFA added an incredible 422 new registrations to its 2021 IGFA world record game fish book, which documents the achievements of angling in 28 countries. Notably, record-setting anglers relied on products from Shimano, G. Loomis and PowerPro to land 262 new world records, more than 60% of the total records set in 2021.
Shimano products enable success and set new standards for performance and reliability around the world. Leveraging over 100 years of purposeful design and innovation, Shimano reel technologies continue to elevate the experience on the water. Shimano engineering helped anglers set 102 new IGFA records in the saltwater reel category, including Lily Simms’ gargantuan 322.50kg (711lb) black marlin caught with the help of a Shimano Tiagra TI130A, a fish that exceeded the existing record by more than 300 pounds. No stranger to world record achievements, Simms also caught a 15.10kg (33lb 5oz) black marlin on a Shimano Talica in 2020, a fish that still stands as the women’s 2lb record in the trial. . Shimano’s performance also enabled anglers to set 60 new IGFA World Records in the freshwater reel category. In particular, Texas angler Wyatt Frankens set the new All-Tackle World Record for a hybrid of smallmouth and largemouth bass at 7lb 9oz (3.43kg) with the help of a Shimano SLX DC baitcasting reel. .
Shimano rods offer a masterful blend of technology and smart design for a wide range of fishing styles. Anglers used Shimano conventional rods to set 42 new records in the saltwater rod category and G. Loomis fly rods to set 8 Tippet class records in the saltwater rod category. Shimano and G. Loomis freshwater rods combined to help anglers set an additional 20 world records, making the Shimano family of fly and conventional rods responsible for a staggering 70 new IGFA records alone. in 2021.
PowerPro braided lines influence how elite anglers tackle specialty fisheries and how manufacturers design the latest rods, reels and lures. PowerPro enables anglers to take tackle and technique to the extreme, harnessing exclusive technologies to set 30 new world records in the saltwater and freshwater categories.
Shimano looks forward to another record-setting 2022, filled with even more excitement and product innovations that further Shimano’s legacy of excellence. Shimano, G. Loomis and PowerPro are ready to transform fishing experiences and empower record-setting anglers to believe that the impossible is within reach.
Leading the fishing industry in innovation and quality for 100 years, Shimano’s manufacturing capabilities enable anglers around the world to get the most out of their time on the water. We designed the entire Shimano product line to elevate anglers’ experiences with features that continually evolve to push the limits of modern fishing tackle and raise the bar for the entire fishing industry.