Traveling angler James Schmid caught and released a huge chinook salmon while fishing the Caterina River in Argentina on March 3. The fish is now a pending world record, according to the International Game Fish Association, which is currently reviewing the catch.
If accepted by the IGFA, Schmid’s 44 1/2-inch king salmon would become the new world-record chinook in the “All-Tackle Length” category. A relatively new class of record fish, the category was established by the organization in 2011 to incentivize catch and release.
In other words, Schmid’s chinook is not even close to the heaviest king salmon ever caught—something that many social media users have already pointed out. It likely weighed less than half as much as the true All-Tackle world-record chinook, which was just over 97 pounds. Angler Les Anderson caught that fish from Alaska’s Kenai River in 1985.
Schmid already holds the current…