The Biggest Marlin Ever Caught

An overview of All-Tackle IGFA world record marlin.

Biggest Marlin Ever Caught
Biggest Marlin Ever Caught
A list of the biggest marlin ever caughtCourtesy IGFA

While there have been bigger marlin landed commercially and by recreational anglers not in accordance with IGFA rules, pictured in the following gallery are the biggest marlin ever caught, officially speaking. These are the certified all-tackle world records for black, Atlantic and Pacific blue, striped and white marlin. The size of these marlin represent the ultimate benchmarks for anglers chasing the world's biggest fish. Special thanks to the IGFA for providing the photos.

Black Marlin record
Black Marlin
Black Marlin recordIGFA

Weight: 1,560 pounds
Angler: Alfred Glassell Jr.
Location: Cabo Blanco, Peru
Date: Aug. 4, 1953
Notes: Glassell Jr. of Houston boated this black marlin record 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
Pacific Blue Marlin recordIGFA

Weight: 1,376 pounds
Angler: Jay de Beaubien
Location: Kaaiwai Point, Kona
Date: May 31, 1982
Notes: This world record blue marlin off Hawaii 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.

Atlantic Blue Marlin
Atlantic Blue MarlinIGFA

Weight: 1,402 pounds, 2 ounces
Angler: Paulo Amorim
Location: Vitoria, Brazil
Date: Feb. 29, 1992
Notes: Amorim's 162-inch fish ate a pink-and-white Mold Craft Super Chugger and is the most recent record-breaker on our list. (Big photo is a replica mount)

Striped Marlin record
Striped Marlin recordIGFA

Weight: 494 pounds
Angler: Bill Boniface
Location: Tutukaka, New Zealand
Date: January 16, 1986
Notes: Boniface, a New Zealand native, fed this once-in-a-lifetime fish a kahawai.

White Marlin record
White Marlin
White Marlin recordIGFA

Weight: 181 pounds, 14 ounces
Angler: Evandro Coser
Location: Vitoria, Brazil
Date: Dec. 8, 1979
Notes: Coser (of Brazil) trolled dead bait to land this 107.5-inch fish.

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