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IGFA Fishing Records

Years later, these records remain uncontested.

4-Pound-Test Line-Class Pacific Sailfish IGFA World Record

Men’s 4-Pound-Test Line-Class Pacific Sailfish IGFA World Record

Ultralight-Tackle Sailfish

Courtesy IGFA

Who: Raleigh Werking
Species: Pacific sailfish
Record: men’s 4-pound-test line-class
Weight: 141.5 pounds
Date of Catch: December 27, 1992
Caught Off: Tropic Star Lodge in Piñas Bay, Panama


12-Pound-Line-Class Pacific Sailfish IGFA Record

12-Pound-Line-Class Pacific Sailfish IGFA Record

Giant Pacific Sailfish Record

Courtesy IGFA

Who: Evelyn M. Anderson
Species: Pacific sailfish
Record: women’s 12-pound-line-class
Weight: 146.5 pounds
Date of Catch: November 14, 1962
Caught Off: Palmilla, Mexico


20-pound-tackle black marlin

Black Marlin 20-Pound-Test IGFA Record

Near-Grander on 20-Pound-Test

Courtesy IGFA

Who: Kay Mulholland
Species: black marlin
Record: women’s 20-pound-test
Weight: 998 pounds
Date of Catch: October 23, 1982
Caught Off: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef


Men’s 4-Pound-Test Line-Class Atlantic Blue Marlin

Men’s 4-Pound-Test Line-Class Atlantic Blue Marlin IGFA Record

Light-Tackle Blue Marlin World Record

Courtesy IGFA

Who: Leo Cloostermans
Species: Atlantic blue marlin
Record: men’s 4-pound-test line-class
Weight: 573 pounds
Date of Catch: August 10, 1995
Caught Off: island of Faial in the Azores


Men's 30-Pound-Test Line-Class Pacific Blue Marlin

Men's 30-Pound-Test Line-Class Pacific Blue Marlin IGFA Record

The Largest Marlin Landed on 30‑Pound‑Test Tackle

Courtesy IGFA

Who: Kelley Everette
Species: Pacific blue marlin
Record: men’s 30-pound-test ­line-class
Weight: 1,103.5 pounds
Date of Catch: June 25, 1987
Caught Off: Kona, Hawaii


Women's All-Tackle Black Marlin

women's black marlin all-tackle record

One of the heaviest marlin ever recorded by the IGFA.

Courtesy IGFA

Who: Kimberly Wiss
Species: black marlin
Record: women's all-tackle black marlin
Weight: 1,525 pounds
Date of Catch: April 22, 1954
Caught Off: Cabo Blanco, Peru


Men's All-Tackle Striped Marlin Record

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

Who: Bill Boniface
Species: striped marlin
Record: men's all-tackle and men's 50-pound-line-class
Weight: 494 pounds
Date of Catch: January 16, 1986
Caught Off: Tutukaka, New Zealand


50-Pound-Test-Line-Class Wahoo

Wahoo Record

50-pound-test-line-class world record wahoo.

Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

Who: Gabrielle Knapp
Species: wahoo
Record: 50-pound-test-line-class
Weight: 153 pounds
Date of Catch: March 1, 1996
Caught Off: San Salvador


Bluefin Tuna Record All-Tackle Record

bluefin tuna world record catch

This world record — the largest tuna ever recorded — has lived for nearly half a century.

Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

Who: Ken Fraser
Species: bluefin tuna
Record: men's all-tackle bluefin tuna
Weight: 1,496 pounds
Date of Catch: October 26, 1979
Caught Off: Port Hood, Nova Scotia


Men’s 20-Pound-Test Line-Class Black Marlin

black marlin world record

Peter Mahood stands with his world record black marlin catch nearly 40 years ago. The light tackle record remains intact.

Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

Who: Peter Mahood
Species: black marlin
Record: men’s 20-pound-test line-class
Weight: 1,051 pound
Date of Catch: October 7, 1976
Caught Off: Cairns, Australia


Women’s 30-Pound Line-Class Blue Marlin

The Benchmark: Ladies Blue Marlin Record Unbroken After 20 Years

Unbroken after 20 years.

Courtesy IGFA

Who: Nikki Campbell
Species: blue marlin
Record: women’s 30-pound line-class world record
Weight: 708 pounds
Date of Catch: June 28, 1996
Caught Off: Madeira


Men's All-Tackle World Record Pacific Blue Marlin

The Benchmark:  All-Tackle World Record Pacific Blue Marlin

The Benchmark: All-Tackle World Record Pacific Blue Marlin

The Benchmark: All-Tackle World Record Pacific Blue Marlin

Courtesy IGFA

Who: Jay de Beaubien
Species: Pacific blue marlin
Record: men's all-tackle Pacific blue marlin
Weight: 1,376 pound
Date of Catch: May 31, 1982
Caught Off: Kona, Hawaii


Women’s 16-Pound-Line-Class Swordfish

Uncontested Sailfish Record

Uncontested Sailfish Record

Courtesy IGFA

Who: Deborah Dunaway
Species: swordfish
Record: women’s 16-pound-line-class
Weight: 174 pounds
Date of Catch: February 17, 1986
Caught Off: Piñas Bay, Panama


Men’s 8-Pound-Line-Class Swordfish

Uncontested Sailfish Record

30 Years Uncontested

Courtesy IGFA

Who: Jerry Dunaway
Species: swordfish
Record: men’s 8-pound-line-class
Weight: 109 pounds
Date of Catch: February 24, 1986
Caught Off: Piñas Bay, Panama


Women’s 8-Pound-Line-Class Sailfish

Sailfish Record

Sailfish Record

Marlene Vallarino caught this record-breaking sail at the famous Tropic Star Lodge.

Courtesy IGFA

Who: Marlene Vallarino
Species: sailfish
Record: women’s 8-pound-line-class
Weight: 130 pounds
Date of Catch: Dec. 14, 1985
Caught Off: Piñas Bay, Panama

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