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Adapted from the International Angler magazine, published as the official mouthpiece of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). For more stories and information on records and their associated operations, visit

Mercury Marine Partner IGFA

Mercury marine are a corporate partner of IGFA. Mercury's commitment to innovation and quality was bom more than 75 years ago with the company's legendary founder, Carl Kiekhaefer, as he stood in his small Wisconsin machine shop, continually building and improving his pioneering outboard engines. It was Keikhaefer's passion and dedication that inspired several generations of Mercury engineers to launch so many landmark boating industry "firsts," including the first lOOhp outboard in 1962, the first V-6 outboard in 1976, and the first Direct Fuel Injection outboard engine in 1996. In 2004, Mercury Verado became the world's first supercharged four-stroke V-6 outboard, and in 2010, the competition-honed Mercury Racing division introduced the most powerful consumer marine engine in history at 1,350hp, followed by the QC4v 1,650hp engine in 2013.

In the past year alone. Mercury has introduced a full slate of new engines, including the largest consumer Verado to date: the supercharged, six-cylinder Verado 350. This versatile and remarkably boater-friendly engine delivers unsurpassed speed and overall performance without sacrificing durability and efficiency -in fact, it provides up to 10 percent better fuel economy than competing outboards. It also provides an unsurpassed smooth, quiet ride. At the same time. Mercury Racing unveiled its most powerful outboard to date, the Verado 400R.

Mercury Marine also rolled out a new generation of FourStroke outboard engines from 75 to 115hp that are lighter, more compact, lower-profile and easier to fish over and around than the earlier models they replace, but still deliver Mercury's hallmark hole shot, speed and durability. Most recently, this summer the company launched its new 6.2-litre V-8 300hp and 350hp stemdrive engines, purpose-built at the factory in Fond du Lac for marine use, and designed to produce increased power and torque while providing a remarkably quiet and smooth ride.

Mercury Marine is a $2 billion division of Brunswick Corporation with more than 5,200 employees worldwide. The company's industry-leading brand portfolio includes Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser stemdrive and inboard packages; Mercury Racing outboards, stemdrives, propellers and automotive engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Mercury propellers; Mercury inflatable boats, Mercury SmartCraft electronics; Attwood marine parts; Land 'N Sea marine parts distribution; and Mercury and Quicksilver parts and oils. Mercury Marine has come a long way from that little machine shop--but the same commitment to innovation, to providing on-the-water enjoyment, and to leading the boating industry into the future is reflected in every product the company makes.

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100th Anniversary of an IGFA World Record

On July 21, 2015, Dr. J.W. Cook's All-Tackle 6.57kg (141b 8oz) brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) world record celebrated its 100th anniversary, becoming only the second record in IGFA history to pass the century mark. However the facts about Cook's catch haven't always been clear.

Up until recently, the IGFA had the catch date listed as July 1, 1916 and the angler's name as Dr. D.W. Cook. In fact, there was no documentation whatsoever in the folder for the All-Tackle brook trout world record--only an antiquated slip of paper with a weight, catch location, and an incorrect catch date and name. Apparently, when the IGFA adopted all freshwater records from Field & Stream in the late 1970s, the documentation for Cook's catch did not make the transfer--if it had even existed at all. So for several decades, Cook's record folder sat empty and the IGFA unknowingly published incorrect data on this historic catch.

Early in 2015, the IGFA was contracted by a producer, Travis Towe, who was working on a film about pursuing the biggest brook trout on the planet and was looking for any information we had available on Cook's catch. Needless to say, the IGFA could not offer much assistance. After informing Towe that the IGFA had inherited the record from Field & Stream, and simply did not have any documentation (mainly a photo) on the catch, the producer began researching elsewhere. Through his tireless research, and the help of IGFA Representative Mark Melnyk and Nipigon, Ontario resident Rob Swainson, the IGFA has now set the record straight on the details of Cook's catch, and even has a photo of Cook and his historic catch.

The IGFA prides itself on being the keeper of all sport fishing world records; therefore the accuracy of our record is something we take very seriously. The IGFA is extremely grateful for the work of all those who collaborated to set the record straight on Dr. Cook's catch, and helping the IGFA provide the most accurate sport fishing record data to anglers around the world.



Dr. J.W. Cook set off into the Lake Nipigon Forest Reserve in July of 1915 for several days. This has been proven as such by the verification of Cook's signature on the registry. Cook signed-in on July 15, 1915 and signed-out on July 21, 1915. His historical catch was made sometime during those dates. However, because the 21st was the first time the catch would be officially verified, that is what is considered to be the official catch date.

A newspaper article from several days after Cook officially weighed in his catch said, "Dr. J.W. Cook, of Fort William claims, and probably with considerable right, the record for taking the largest trout from the Nipigon River. His prize weighed fourteen and one-half pounds and was caught with hook and line last week. Trout of the same class have been taken from the lake, but old timers state that they never heard of one anything like that weight being taken from the river".

Did You Know?

* Some fish have the ability to produce a compound gadusol that acts as a natural sun-screen.

* Cichlid fish that are reared in larger groups from birth display a greater and more extensive range of social interactions, which continues into the later life of the fish.

* Increasing global water temperatures may cause fish to reside in deeper depths where the water is cooler.

* Systematic commercial harvest of large individuals can lead to an evolutionary legacy of reduced body size in fish stocks.

* Fish lack the neuro-physiological capacity for a consciou awareness of pain.

* Fish species that grow quickly and reproduce frequently are more likely to experience dramatic plunges in population than larger, slower growing fish such as sharks or tuna.
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