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IGFA Fishing Records

Years later, these records remain uncontested.

May 23, 2016

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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