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10 Fishing Records That Will Likely Never Be Broken

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Every angler dreams of that massive trophy catch that no one will believe without a picture (and even then, there are sure to be skeptics). Some lucky anglers have been blessed by the fishing gods to reel in those monsters and will forever be enshrined in the history books. Well, maybe not forever. But there are definitely some massive catches that will be at the top of the list for a long time.


Here's a list of some of the most massive catches that may last in the record books forever.


Warsaw Grouper – 436 pounds, 12 ounces

1985, Steve Haeusler in Destin, Florida

Image courtesy of IGFA


Pacific Halibut – 459 pounds

1996, Jack Tragis in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Image courtesy of Associated Press


Striped Marlin – 494 pounds

1986, Bill Bonafice in Tutukaka, New Zealand

Image courtesy of IGFA


Sandbar Shark – 529 pounds, 1 ounce

2002, Patrick Sebile in Archipelago des Bijagos, Guinea-Bissau

Image courtesy of IGFA


Goliath Grouper – 680 pounds

1961, Lynn Joyner in Fernandina Beach, Florida

Image courtesy of IGFA


Thresher Shark – 767 pounds, 3 ounces

1983, D.L. Hannah in Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Image courtesy of IGFA


Pacific Bluefin Tuna – 907 pounds, 6 ounces

2014, Donna Pascoe in Three Kings, New Zealand

Image courtesy of IGFA


Broadbill Swordfish – 1,182 pounds

1953, Louis Marron in Iquique, Chile

Image courtesy of IGFA


Black Marlin – 1,560 pounds

1953, Alfred Glassell Jr. in Cabo Blanco, Peru

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White Shark – 2,664 pounds

1959, Alfred Dean in Ceduna, Australia


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