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Outposts looks back at 2010: Records

December 27, 2010 | 11:32 am

With the year ending, it is worth looking back at memorable posts of 2010. Each day this week through Friday, Outposts will recount some of the records broken, the achievements reached, the notable passings and the downright unusual during 2010 in the outdoors, action and adventure world.

Angler lands 405.2-pound yellowfin tuna, likely new world record

Mike Livingston poses with the 405.2 pound yellowfin tuna he caught, likely a new IGFA all-tackle world record. Angler Mike Livingston, a retired school administrator from Sunland, boated a yellowfin tuna weighing in at 405.2 pounds, likely a new all-tackle world record.

The fish, which measured 85 3/4 inches from nose to tail and had a girth of 61 1/2 inches, took almost three hours to land. It has been submitted to the International Game Fish Assn. for approval as an all-tackle world record.

Photo credit: Bill Roecker / Fishingvideos.com


It's official: Big bass caught in Japan ties world record held for more than 77 years

Manabu Kurita and the 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass he caught. The fish ties the all-tackle world record set 77 years ago in Georgia. On Jan. 8, the International Game Fish Assn. verified that a 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass tied the all-tackle world record held for more than 77 years. Although the fish was caught in July 2009, I included this on the list because the record was verified in 2010.

Japan's Manabu Kurita, 32, made his catch at Lake Biwa, an ancient reservoir northeast of Kyoto. The fish measured 27.20 inches in length and 26.77 inches in girth.

Photo credit: Manabu Kurita


Big Bear Lake's Jordan Romero, 13, becomes youngest person to scale Mt. Everest

Jordan Romero became the youngest person to scale Mt. Everest. Jordan Romero, a 13-year-old from Big Bear Lake, became the youngest person to scale Mt. Everest, the world's tallest peak. The eighth-grader's contingent confirmed by satellite phone on May 21 (Pacific time) that his climbing group had reached the 29,035-foot summit.

Romero's accomplishment finished his quest to climb seven of the world's tallest mountains, one on each continent.

Photo credit: Prakash Mathema / AFP/Getty Images


Jessica Watson, 16, becomes youngest sailor to complete solo circumnavigation

Jessica Watson, 16, works with the rigging as she sails past the finish line at the entrance to Sydney Harbor in Sydney, Australia, capping off a nearly 23,000 nautical miles voyage. Watson crossed the finish line of her round-the-world journey, becoming the youngest person to sail solo, nonstop and unassisted around the world. Australian Jessica Watson completed her solo circumnavigation odyssey at the same place she left seven months prior, Australia's Sydney Harbor. Watson, 16, endured controversy from start to finish.

Her parents were harshly criticized for letting their daughter go off alone on such a dangerous journey. And because the World Speed Sailing Racing Council no longer assesses claims for the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe, Watson set no official record.

Photo credit: Rob Griffith / Associated Press


Missouri fisherman lands record-breaking 130-pound blue catfish

Greg Bernal of Florissant, Missouri, holds the new state, and world, record for blue catfish with this 130 pound giant. Greg Bernal of Florissant, Mo., landed a world-record blue catfish, pulling in the 130-pound behemoth from the Missouri River on July 20.

The fish measured 57 inches in length and 45 inches in girth. It is now listed as the IGFA all-tackle world record, toppling the standing species record by six pounds. It was confirmed by Missouri Department of Conservation biologists as the new state record, besting the previous state pole and line record by 27 pounds.

Photo credit: Missouri Department of Conservation


Katie Spotz, 22, sets record for youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean

Katie Spotz as she prepares for a solo row of the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to South America. After 70 days and 2,817 miles, Katie Spotz of Mentor, Ohio, became the youngest person to successfully complete a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean, rowing into Georgetown, Guyana, on March 14.

The 22-year-old set out on Jan. 3 from Dakar, Senegal, in West Africa and initially planned on arriving in Cayenne, French Guiana. Spotz altered her course to give herself a better chance of reaching land unassisted.

Photo credit: Lucian Bartosik



Colorado angler lands new state-record channel catfish: 43 pounds, 6 ounces
14-foot-plus alligator breaks Florida state record
11-year-old angler lands Colorado state-record smallmouth bass

TUESDAY: Outposts looks back at 2010: Achievements

-- Kelly Burgess