Marlin Fishing Record on 30-Pound-Test

Hawaiian angler caught the record-breaking blue marlin in 1987

IGFA 30-pound-test-tackle blue marlin
The Largest Marlin Landed on 30‑Pound‑Test TackleCourtesy IGFA

Hawaiian angler Kelley Everette made angling history on June 25, 1987, by setting the men’s 30-pound-test ­line-class world record for Pacific blue marlin with this incredible 1,103.5-pound fish. Everette was fishing out of Kona, Hawaii, aboard Northern Lights, a 37-foot Merritt captained at the time by Carl Schloderer. The record-­breaking blue ate a 3-pound live skipjack and put up a spirited fight that lasted just under two hours. The grander is also the ­heaviest marlin ever landed on 30-pound tackle of any IGFA record.