All-Tackle Striped Marlin Record

The massive 494‑pound stripey was caught off New Zealand

all-tackle striped marlin world record
The IGFA all-tackle striped marlin record was set 31 years ago off New Zealand.Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

Bill Boniface landed the biggest striped marlin ever recorded by the IGFA 31 years ago on January 16, 1986. The massive 494‑pound stripey was caught in the famed waters surrounding the Poor Knights Islands, located just offshore the northeastern coast of New Zealand's North Island near the small town of Tutukaka. Boniface's marlin ate a trolled kawakawa and put up a spirited fight before it was brought aboard Diadema, captained by Malcolm Jackson. The incredible catch earned Boniface both the All-Tackle and men's 50-pound line-class world records, both of which he has now held for more than 30 years.