World Saltwater Fishing Records

  • Jun 11, 2020
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World saltwater fishing records are provided courtesy of the International Game Fish Association, the record sanctioning, and registering authority.

World Freshwater RecordsFish Size Library (Trout Length & Average Weight)

Saltwater Fishing Records Table

SpeciesLbs-OzWhere CaughtDateAngler
Albacore88-2Gran Canaria, Canary IslandsNov. 19, 1977Siegfried Dickemann
Amberjack, greater155-10Challenger Bank, BermudaJune 24, 1981Joseph Dawson
Amberjack, pacific104-0Baja Calif., MexicoJuly 4, 1984Richard Cresswell
Barracuda, great85-0Christmas Is., Rep. of KiribatiApr. 11, 1992John W. Helfrich
Barracuda, Mexican21-0Phantom Island, Costa RicaMar. 27, 1987E. Greg Kent
Barracuda, pickhandle25-5Scottburgh, South AfricaJuly 3, 1996Demetrios Stamatis

Bass

Bass, barred sand13-3Huntington Beach, CAAug. 29, 1988Robert Halal
Bass, black sea9-8Virginia Beach, VAJan. 9, 1987Joe Mizelle Jr.
Bass, black sea9-8Virginia Beach, VADec. 22, 1990Jack G. Stallings Jr.
Bass, European20-11Stes Maries de la Mer, FranceMay 6, 1986Jean Baptiste Bayle
Bass, giant sea563-8Anacapa Island, CAAug. 20, 1968J.D. McAdam Jr.
Bass, striped78-8Atlantic City, NJSept. 21, 1982Albert R. McReynolds

Bluefish31-12Hatteras, NCJan. 30, 1972James M. Hussey
Bonefish19-0Zululand, South AfricaMay 26, 1962Brian W. Batchelor
Bonito, Atlantic18-4Faial Island, AzoresJuly 8, 1953D. Gama Higgs
Bonito, Pacific14-12San Benitos Is., Baja Calif., MexicoOct. 12, 1980Jerome H. Rilling
Cabezon23-0Juan de Fuca Strait, WAAug. 4, 1990Wesley Hunter
Cobia135-9Shark Bay, W. AustraliaJuly 9, 1985Peter W. Goulding
Cod, Atlantic98-12Isle of Shoals, NHJune 8, 1969Alphonse Bielevich
Cod, Pacific32-0Unalaska Bay, AKJune 29, 1997Donald Boston
Conger133-4South Devon, EnglandJune 5, 1995Vic Evans
Dolphin87-0Papagallo Gulf, Costa RicaSept. 25, 1976Manuel Salazar
Drum, black113-1Lewes, DESept. 15, 1975Gerald M. Townsend
Drum, red94-2Avon, NCNov. 7, 1984David G. Deuel
Eel, marbled36-1Durban, S. AfricaJune 10, 1984Ferdie van Nooten
Eel, American9-4Cape May, NJNov. 9, 1995Jeff Pennick
Flounder, southern20-9Nassau Sound, FLDec. 23, 1983Larenza Mungin
Flounder, summer22-7Montauk, NYSept. 15, 1975Charles Nappi
Grouper, warsaw436-12Gulf of Mexico, Destin, FLDec. 22, 1985Steve Haeusler
Haddock14-15Saltraumen, GermanyAug. 15, 1997Heike Neblinger

Halibut

Halibut, Atlantic255-4Gloucester, MAJuly 28, 1989Sonny Manley
Halibut, California53-4Santa Rosa Island, CAJuly 7, 1988Russell J. Harmon
Halibut, Pacific459-0Dutch Harbor, AKJune 11, 1996Jack Tragis

Jack, almaco (Pacific)132-0La Paz, Baja Calif., MexicoJuly 21, 1964Howard H. Hahn
Jack, crevalle57-14Southwest Pass, LAAug. 15, 1997Leon D. Richard
Jack, horse-eye24-8Miami, FLDec. 20, 1982Tito Schnau
Jewfish680-0Fernandina Beach, FLMay 20, 1961Lynn Joyner
Kawakawa29-0Clarion Island, MexicoDec. 17, 1986Ronald Nakamura
Lingcod69-0Langara Is., Brit. ColumbiaJune 16, 1992Murray M. Romer

Mackerel

Mackerel, cero17-2Islamorada, FLApr. 5, 1986G. Michael Mills
Mackerel, king90-0Key West, FLFeb. 16, 1976Norton I. Thomton
Mackerel, Spanish13-0Ocracoke Inlet, NCNov. 4, 1987Robert Cranton

Marlin

Marlin, Atlantic blue1402-2Vitoria, BrazilFeb. 29, 1992Paulo R.A. Amorim
Marlin, black1560-0Cabo Blanco, PeruAug. 4, 1953A.C. Glassell Jr.
Marlin, Pacific blue1376-0Kaaiwi Point, Kona, HIMay 31, 1982Jay W. deBeaubien
Marlin, striped494-0Tutakaka, New ZealandJan. 16, 1986Bill Boniface
Marlin, white181-14Vitoria, BrazilDec. 8, 1979Evandro Luiz Coser

Permit56-2Ft. Lauderdale, FLJune 30, 1997Thomas Sebestyen
Pollack27-6Salcombe, Devon, EnglandJan. 16, 1986Robert S. Milkins
Pollock50-0Salstraumen, NorwayNov. 30, 1996Thor-Magnus Ukang
Pompano, African50-8Daytona Beach, FLApr. 21, 1990Tom Sargent
Roosterfish114-0La Paz, Baja Calif., MexicoJune 1, 1960Abe Sackheim
Runner, blue11-2Dauphin Island, ALJune 28, 1997Stacey M. Moiren
Runner, rainbow37-9Clarion Island, MexicoNov. 21, 1991Tom Pfleger
Sailfish, Atlantic141-1Luanda, AngolaFeb. 19, 1994Alfredo de Sousa Neves
Sailfish, Pacific221-0Santa Cruz Is., EcuadorFeb. 12, 1947C.W. Stewart
Seabass, white83-12San Felipe, MexicoMar. 31, 1953L.C. Baumgardner
Seatrout, spotted17-7Ft. Pierce, FLMay 11, 1995Craig F. Carson

Shark

Shark, blue454-0Martha’s Vineyard, MAJuly 19, 1996Pete Bergin
Shark, great white2664-0Ceduna, S. AustraliaApr. 21, 1959Alfred Dean
Shark, Greenland1708-9Trondheimsfjord, NorwayOct. 18, 1987Terje Nordtvedt
Shark, hammerhead991-0Sarasota, FLMay 30, 1982Allen Ogle
Shark, shortfin mako1115-0Black River, MauritiusNov. 16, 1988Patrick Guillanton
Shark, porbeagle507-0Pentland Firth, ScotlandMar. 9, 1993Christopher Bennet
Shark, bigeye thresher802-0Tutukaka, New ZealandFeb. 8, 1981Dianne North
Shark, tiger1780-0Cherry Grove, SCJune 14, 1964Walter Maxwell

Snapper, cubera121-8Cameron, LAJuly 5, 1982Mike Hebert
Snapper, red50-4Gulf of Mexico, LAJune 23, 1996Capt. Doc Kennedy
Snook53-10Parismina Ranch, Costa RicaOct. 18, 1978Gilbert Ponzi
Spearfish, Mediterranean90-13Madeira Island, PortugalJune 2, 1980Joseph Larkin
Swordfish1182-0Iquique, ChileMay 7, 1953L. Marron
Tarpon283-4Sherbro ls., Sierra LeoneApr. 16, 1991Yvon Victor Sebag
Tautog24-0Wachapreague, VAAug. 25, 1987Gregory R. Bell

Tuna

Tuna, Atlantic bigeye392-6Gran Canaria, Puerto RicoJuly 25, 1997Dieter Vogel
Tuna, blackfin45-8Key West, FLMay 4, 1996Sam J. Burnett
Tuna, bluefin1496-0Aulds Cove, Nova ScotiaOct. 26, 1979Ken Fraser
Tuna, longtail79-2Montague Is., NSW, AustraliaApr. 12, 1982Tim Simpson
Tuna, Pacific bigeye435-0Cabo Blanco, PeruApr. 17, 1957Dr. Russell Lee
Tuna, skipjack45-4Flathead Bank, MexicoNov. 16, 1996Brian Evans
Tuna, southern bluefin348-5Whakatane, New ZealandJan. 16, 1981Rex Wood
Tuna, yellowfin388-12San Benedicto Island, MexicoApr. 1, 1977Curt Wiesenhutter

Tunny, little35-2Cape de Garde, AlgeriaDec. 14, 1988Jean Yves Chatard
Wahoo158-8Loreto, Baja Calif., MexicoJune 10, 1996Keith Winter
Weakfish19-2Jones Beach, Long Island, NYOct. 11, 1984Dennis R. Rooney
Weakfish19-2Delaware Bay, DEMay 20, 1989William E. Thomas

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