Well-known fly angler Dr. Martin Arostegui of Coral Gables, Fla. has surpassed an incredible fishing milestone by becoming the first person to list 200 world record fish with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).
In a press release, the IGFA noted that the retired physician’s first world record fish was caught in the summer of 1994, a 10-pound triple tail on 4-pound tippet near Flamingo in Florida’s Everglades National Park. His 200th, also on a flyrod, came nearly 14 years later with a mullet snapper caught in Costa Rica.
“Dr. Arostegui’s accomplishment of achieving 200 world records is truly a remarkable feat,” said IGFA President Rob Kramer. “Through careful planning, detailed preparation and steadfast perseverance, he has taken world record game fishing to an all time high.”
Last spring, Arostegui made waves on the fishing blogs when he caught the heaviest fish ever recorded on a flyrod, a 385-pound lemon shark off Key West, Fla.
“When it opened its huge mouth, I said to myself this shark could eat half of me in one bite,” joked the 5-foot, 125-pound former emergency room doctor.