Biscayne Rods – Decades of World Record Setting

Dr. Martin Arostegui with his custom built Biscayne Rod and beautiful sailfish catch.

Dr. Martin Arostegui with his custom built Biscayne Rod and beautiful sailfish catch.

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. The IGFA remains devoted to the collection of historical information and artifacts related to the history of sport fishing. Each year the Association receives thousands of applications for the Top Ten Anglers, Lines, Tackle, Etc. The Association puts out an impressive publication of world records each year. You can checkout the most past editions that are free to the public here.

Since 2002, Biscayne Rod has been in the Top Ten Fly Rods and Top Ten Salt Water Rods categories for manufacturing almost every year, leading the Salt Water category several times. Biscayne Rod has been handcrafting rods in the USA since 1948, spanning generations and technological advancements. Built locally in Miami, Florida with a firm commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and our customers Biscayne Rod continues to be an industry leader.

In addition to the acknowledgement of our quality and craftsmanship by IGFA, anglers have set World Records using Biscayne Rods since the mid 1950s. One of the earlier records set using a Biscayne Rod is still approved (according to our recent research)—set by Mrs. B. A. Garson on January 3, 1955 in The Exumas, Bahamas. She pulled in a 13 lb. 12 oz. bonefish in the W-10 kg (20lb) line class. In addition to The Bahamas and United States records, using Biscayne Rods have been set all over the world, include: Algeria, Australia, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Spain, South Africa, Suriname, Vanuatu, and Venezuela.

The top Biscayne Rod record-setting anglers are a family—Dr. Martin Arostegui, his wife Roberta G. Arostegui, and son Martini, with records dating back to 1999. While many of Dr. Arostegui catches were in South Florida, other countries include Bahamas, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, and Suriname. One of their largest records was set by Martini Arostegui—a 62 lb. Blacktip Shark, October, 28, 2007, Flamingo, Florida, USA, in the M-junior and M-37 kg (80 lb) line classes, which have since been retired. Other notable catches include a Warsaw Grouper in the M-Smallfry class at 57 lbs. 8 oz. out of Key West, Florida on March 22, 2002 (retired), and a Redtail Catfish in the M-Junior class at 57 lbs. 8 oz. out of the Kabalebo River, Suriname on December 31, 2007, which is still an approved record to date. Go team Arostegui!

Dr. Martin Arostegui with his custom built Biscayne Rod battling his sailfish.

Dr. Martin Arostegui with his custom built Biscayne Rod battling his sailfish.

Please note: research for this article may not include the most recent catches to date.

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