Blue marlin may very well be the most revered species of billfish that swims. And what's not to like? They are beautiful animals that can grow to gargantuan sizes and test the skill of any angler. Worldwide, there is only one species of blue marlin, scientifically known as Makaira nigricans, but for historical reasons, the IGFA keeps separate categories for Atlantic- and Pacific-caught fish. Currently, the all-tackle Atlantic blue marlin record is 1,402 pounds, 2 ounces, and was caught off of Vitoria, Brazil, in 1992. The Pacific all-tackle record is only slightly smaller, at 1,376 pounds, and was caught in Hawaii. They definitely get a lot bigger though. The largest ever taken on rod and reel was also landed in Hawaii, in 1970, and topped the scales at 1,805 pounds, but was not eligible for an IGFA record because the hook pulled before it was brought aboard. According to the story, the huge marlin had just eaten a large yellowfin tuna hooked by the fishermen that, depending on the source of the tale, weighed between 100 and 200 pounds, and the marlin just lay on the surface, choking on its recent meal, before it was gaffed.