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January 07, 2011

The Biggest Marlin Ever Caught

An overview of All-Tackle IGFA world records.

While there have been bigger marlin landed commercially and by recreational anglers not in accordance with IGFA rules, pictured below are the leading big fish, officially speaking. These are the certified all-tackle world records for black, Atlantic and Pacific blue, striped and white marlin. They represent the ultimate benchmarks for anglers chasing the world's biggest fish.

Special thanks to the IGFA for providing the photos. For more information on fishing for world-class marlin, check out the links at the bottom of the page.


Black Marlin


biggest black marlinWeight: 1,560 pounds

Angler: Alfred Glassell Jr.

Location: Cabo Blanco, Peru

Date: Aug. 4, 1953

Notes: Glassell Jr. of Houston boated this behemoth after a 1 hour and 45 minute fight. The 174-inch fish fell for a mackerel trolled in the once-legendary Black Marlin Boulevard off Cabo Blanco.






Pacific Blue Marlin


biggest blue marlinWeight: 1,376 pounds

Angler: Jay de Beaubien

Location: Kaaiwai Point, Kona

Date: May 31, 1982

Notes: This Hawaiian blue took a Kita lure and succumbed in less than one hour. Jay de Beaubien caught this 193-inch fish using a Fin-Nor 12/0.









Next, See The Largest Atlantic Blue Marlin & Striped Marlin Or The Biggest White Marlin Ever