Wahoo fish Keith Winter set as a record

On June 10, 1996, the fisherman landed the imposing 158-pound specimen in Loreto (Baja California Sur), in the middle of the Sea of ​​Cortez.

Memorable experience was recorded on June 10, 1996 when two events – only referential – took place at opposite poles: one, when the American actress Jo Van Fleet died, and another, when the fisherman Keith Winter caught a huge wahoo.

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That day, Winter ‘landed this huge wahoo of 71.96 kilograms (158 pounds, eight ounces) to establish the IGFA of 24 kilograms (50 pounds) male, line class disc for the species’, summarized IGFA (International Association of Sport fishing).


Keith was fishing a live mackerel in the Sea of ​​Cortez outside of Loreto, Mexico when the fish landed. For a long period of time, this fish was the IGFA All-Tackle record of the species and remains the largest wahoo to hold an IGFA men’s line class record.‘.

That day, when the noise permeated the marrow of the sport fisherman, Jo Van Fleet (December 30, 1915 – June 10, 1996) died at age 80, the victim of an undisclosed illness.


Through the directions of Baja California Sur, Winter imposed class and quality without imagining – perhaps – that at the same time his graceful fishing would be certified as a record by the governing body of the sport of rod and reel.

That day, Fleet – an American theatrical and film actress, born in Oakland (California) – lost her life. She stood out as a notable dramatic actress in the Broadway theater for several years and went on to win a Tony Award in 1954 for her prowess with a difficult role in the play of Horton Foote The Trip to Bountiful, junto a Lillian Gish y Eva Marie Saint.

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