The Angling Company would like to congratulate Dotty Ballantyne on her latest accomplishment: she now hold 100 IGFA fly rod world records. Of course, there are some highlights: a 75.5 lb lemon shark on 4 lb tippet, a 21.5 pound cobia on 8 lb, the 2 lb tippet blacktip shark record that she set after breaking off over a dozen sharks on the lightest of line. However, the truly impressive part is not the single records, but the sum of her effort and experience: 100 IGFA fly rod world records, a feat that stands as a testament to not only her skill but focus, motivation, and drive. Hats off, Dotty–we are proud to know you!
We are also proud to know Tomonori Higashi, a friend of ours from Japan who supplied the following photographs:
Thanks to Tomonori, as we always like to feel multinational.
Fishing remains decent (the weather certainly is), though we are in a bit of a transitional phase at the moment between spring and summer fishing: the tarpon are around, but beginning to taper off, and we have yet to see the influx of summer bonefish that should arrive any time. That said, the permit fishing has been great and we all hope for windy days during the Del Brown that kicks off next week.