Light-Tackle Black Marlin Record: Back in the Day

Peter Mahood's catch set the record for the 20-pound-test-line class

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Peter Manhood stands with his world record black marlin catch nearly 40 years ago. The light tackle record remains intact.Courtesy IGFA /

It’s been nearly 40 years since Peter Mahood set the men’s 20-pound-test-line class world record for black marlin with this incredible 1,051-pound fish, caught on October 7, 1976, out of Cairns, Australia.

Mahood was fishing aboard Rosemary with Capt. Hugh C. Going when the marlin struck a scad trolled from the starboard rigger. Thanks to some skillful boatmanship and a bit of good luck, the team aboard Rosemary was eventually able to maneuver ahead of the fish, landing the giant just 40 minutes after hookup. Mahood's incredible world record is also the heaviest billfish ever recorded on 20-pound-class tackle.