With the big grander marlin jumping all over the place his brother John touched the rod while trying to gaff the monster marlin and that's why it is not a record. What’s wild is it came just one year after he landed a 450-pounder while fishing the same spot out in front of the Los Buzos Resort. Unofficial World Record Black Marlin. Sport Fishing Magazine may receive financial compensation for products purchased through this site. caught off Cabo Blanco, Peru, in 1953. Houston oil man Alfred Glassell Jr. landed a 1,560-pound black marlin off the coast of Cabo Blanco in northern Peru on August 4, 1953, bagging himself a world record that stands to this day. An angler gives up a potential record to tag a monster black marlin off Panama. A very rare catch. “That’s when we backed down and Graham grabbed the trace.” He managed to bring the fish boat-side long enough for Kahlenberg to put down the rod and get a tail rope secured. EC: Little things can trip you up; focus on details GJ: Practice, practice, practice (as a team). DK: Invest in great tackle — and make it better. Report written by David Clahan. The angler estimated the black marlin to be about 15 years old, and is the largest of its kind caught in Australia in over 30 years. Weight: 89 pounds, 15 ounces Line Class: M-16 (fly) Angler: Fouad Sahiaoui Location: Watamu, Kenya Date: Dec. 23, 1998 Fight Time: 25 minutes Lure/Bait: Handmade fly Tackle: Mason line; Tibor Gulfstream reel; Fisher rod Mike Mazur / Sport Fishing Magazine. The world record is a 1,182-pound swordfish caught May 7, 1953, in Iquique, Chile, according to the International Game Fish Association. Tom Yust, owner and operator of Coiba Adventure that became a feature story entitled "Pacific Panama's Personal Side" by Editor-in-Chief, Doug Olander, which was published in the December 2000 issue of Sport Fishing Magazine. Photo: Proud angler … In February 1913, Mark Lidwill, fishing off Port Stephens, brought in the first black marlin ever caught on rod and reel. A Bonnier Corporation Company. The sport anglers’ favorite, Marlin stands first in this list of the world’s largest fish. My buddies were Jimmy Uys (Jimmy held the previous record) and Koos Jordaan with Frans Botes as topmnan. October 2016 my friends, Colin Hilberg, Lindsey Walicek, my fiancee Zagdaa Baatar and I traveled to Baja, Mexico hoping to catch some Yellowtail and Wahoo. ANOTHER ASTONISHING WORLD RECORD FOR CAPOZZI Enrico Capozzi has set other astonishing records — such as this 159-pound, 13-ounce, black marlin on 2-pound line that he caught within a few days of his phenomenal 6-pound record in 2000, also out of Port Stephens, Australia; not so surprisingly, both records stand today. “After a 13-hour fight on 4-pound line, we lost a 300- to 350-pound mako because it got too dark to see; without deck lights, it was all over. Many photos of that trip are presented in the excellent new, . We are pictured, struggling to lift it aboard, on the cover of Sport Fishing Magazine's October 2001 issue. We had a total of four more flying gaffs ready, and this fish took every one of them.” Even with five people and five gaffs, “it took us more than an hour to get the marlin under control and then through the transom door, on deck.” As much as there’s no denying the skill and experience of this team that enabled the catch, there’s also no denying luck. (See Black Marlin - page 3)  It was caught on a great trip in May 2000 with Capt. Wyatt Johnston with the 364kg black marlin that is being shared among his family and friends. Below is a photo of George holding his record largemouth bass. Finally the mako rolled, about 40 feet from that boat. Longliners fish most heavily during the periods when the moon is brightest. A replica of the largest marlin ever caught and written about recently "landed" at the marina entrance of the Cultural Pavillion of the Republic next to Pisces Sportfishing in Cabo San Lucas, Baja Mexico. So I did some digging around, and while it turns out that Jack Nicklaus’ Black Marlin isn’t a world record, that honor goes to a 1560-pound Black Marlin caught in Peru by Alfred Glassell, Jr. back in 1953. Photo courtesy of www.AntiqueFishingReels.com. 4 pagesPacific Blue Marlin - Report written by David Clahan. Unofficial World Record Black Marlin. Jordan Spieth's story of battling a 300-pound black-tip shark for 2 1/2 hours reminded us of Jerry Pate's tale of Jack Nicklaus waging a marathon duel with a … Kahlenberg quickly free-spooled out his bait, as the men searched for the shark. Just a Baby - above and below left, Jim Chambers' first black marlin, estimated at 400 lbs., caught on 50-pound stand-up and released over Hannibal Bank (a submerged mountain) near the island of Coiba, on Panama's Pacific coast. The all-tackle black marlin record is 1,560 pounds, a fish caught in 1953 off Cabo Blanco, Peru, by Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Use the search form above to find fishing world records for freshwater fish, saltwater fish, and more. He recalls that fish, once it had taken the bait, seemed initially “well behaved.” Butler elaborates: “The fish headed slowly back down to around 60 to 80 feet, and it seemed to all of us that it didn’t know anything was up — certainly not that it been hooked. That makes it a 5-to-1 catch (i.e., fish weight to line strength). His catch beats the standing Connecticut state record of 23 pounds 9 ounces, caught by Kendall Owens in 2011. – Size. A Louisiana woman will be a big fish in the angling world if the 851-pound blue marlin she recently hooked nabs records for both the state of Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico. “Use the lightest possible drag at all stages of a fight to minimize line stress. The largest marlin ever caught on rod and reel is an 1805, caught in Honolulu in 1970. (, Note that the ratios for fish weight in pounds to line-class strength in pounds as listed for each of four amazing records are based on the IGFA’s actual wet-strength tests of the line samples submitted by the anglers, not on the line-class weights stated on the spools by the manufacturers. I was spearfishing at Lighthouse Reef, Mapelane, on the East Coast of South Africa May 29, 1999. Photo courtesy of www.AntiqueFishingReels.com. Little did I know, this would be … 6 pagesBigeye TunaYellowfin TunaWhite Marlin Adam Fisk hooked into an estimated 500-pound Black Marlin which is now the ‘unofficial’ world record for the largest black marlin caught from a kayak. Below, a grander black marlin being fought by Captain Bart Miller on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Courtesy Enrico Capozzi (Photos, D. Olander), Alfred Glassell and his long-standing world record black marlin (1,560 lbs.) December 10, 2016. (See Black Marlin - page 3)  It was caught on a great trip in May 2000 with Capt. - 2 pagesSpearfishSailfishLarge Sharks. Among those records is this 231-pound stripe the angler and team beat on 4-pound. “That,” marvels Capozzi, “was a spectacular flying-gaff shot, and it went in solid. October 2016 my friends, Colin Hilberg, Lindsey Walicek, my fiancee Zagdaa Baatar and I traveled to Baja, Mexico hoping to catch some Yellowtail and Wahoo. I now have great LED lighting on my boat.” GJ: Above all, “retain a total belief that the seemingly impossible is possible.”, New Products and Electronics for January 2021, President Trump Vetoes Bill to Outlaw Drift Gillnets off California. - 3 pagesBluefin Tuna - Photo courtesy of www.AntiqueFishingReels.com, Below, a grander black marlin being fought by Captain Bart Miller on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. For decades, many sources including the Guinness Book of World Records listed two great white sharks as the largest individuals: In the 1870s, a 10.9 m (36 ft) great white captured in southern Australian waters, near Port Fairy, and an 11.3 meters (37 ft) shark trapped in a … Copyright © 2021 Sport Fishing Magazine. (Some of Kahlenberg's light-line arsenal is shown in photo at left.) Some people were skeptical of this world record because no pictures had been found, but in 2006 relatives of George Perry produced pictures of the world record fish. An angler gives up a potential record to tag a monster black marlin off Panama. The obvious one – and though the world record for black marlin (1560) is larger than the blue world record (1402), larger blue marlin have been caught. The IGFA maintains the World Records for all species of game fish. The Texas angler had chased giant marlin for years and finally succeeded in Cabo Blanco in Peru. “The bait looked tiny in the fish’s mouth,” says Capozzi. caught off Cabo Blanco, Peru, in 1953. (Actual photo of record catch unavailable.) Tom Yust, owner and operator of, that became a feature story entitled "Pacific Panama's Personal Side" by Editor-in-Chief, Doug Olander, which was published in the December 2000 issue of, . Over the next 16 years Cabo Blanco produced 24 world records and over 30 granders, including a 1560 pound black marlin, caught by Glassell, which continues to reign as the largest bony fish ever caught on rod-and-reel. 2 of 3Atlantic Blue Marlin - Yet another of Jacobsen's remarkable records is this 385-pound, 5-ounce behemoth striped marlin on 6-pound line taken in 2010. Also see our yellowfin tuna photo section for pictures of the 225-pound beast we got the previous afternoon at Hannibal Bank. Lily fought the fish for an amazing 2hrs 15mins which is incredibly difficult on the ultra line tackle. Build a strong team and a team ethos. For example, “pull a reel apart and polish the drag plate to make it (even) smoother.” You might need to backfill reels’ spools with tape before spooling up with such thin line so you have enough room for 1,000 yards, but not a lot more. For most of us, catching a 20-pound fish of any species on 4-pound-test line would qualify as justification for bragging rights. (Photo, B. Miller) Above, Capt. “During my time fishing for records out of Port Stephens where I was involved in more than 45 world-record catches,” says Butler, “I never saw anyone as lucky as Enrico Capozzi,” with this catch and many others. Fishing World Records. Photo courtesy of www.AntiqueFishingReels.com, Black Marlin - pg. It also shows when the kill of blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, sharks, tunas, sea turtles, marine mammals and a host of other marine life is also greatest - even though they are not even targeted. It falls short, however, of the 28-pound, 8-ounce world record, which was caught in Maryland on January 2, 2015 by Kenneth Westerfeld of Bayside, New York. It was the world's first 1000 lb black marlin … Then he pushed the drag back to its minimal, preset point. Alfred Glassell and his long-standing world record black marlin (1,560 lbs.) So you want to try your hand at joining the oh-so-limited 50-to-1-catch club? About 35 feet behind the boat, the mako appeared and took the bait. (Photo, B. Miller), Above, Capt. All rights reserved. caught off Cabo Blanco, Peru, in 1953. I often have to go to a two-thirds drag setting to start getting belly out of the line, but as soon as I start retrieving line, I’ll back off on the drag just to the point where I’m still able to gain line. It didn't count as a world record because John touched the rod. Fortunately, the mako on its own headed back topside, though it didn’t stay there long. A black marlin powering its way during a fight on the Reef. Then came a head gaff, and the catch was a done deal. Though these catches might seem unimaginable, all were caught within strict IGFA rules, and all have in common several factors that help make the impossible possible: 1) This is not about an angler and a fish; it's about a, Courtesy International Game Fish Association, Butler agrees, recalling that the marlin shadowed the mackerel for 20 to 30 seconds before moving up to eat it, with head and shoulders out of the water behind the boat. So, this real-time image of the moon phase shows when the kill of swordfish is greatest and least. Historically, a number of very large great white shark specimens have been recorded. (Photos, D. Olander), black marlin (1,560 lbs.) And keeping in mind the considerable challenge a 5-to-1 ratio represents, welcome to the surreal world of big-game fishing on ultralight lines. Then, to the dismay of Kahlenberg, it went pretty much straight down. Tom Yust getting a good look at our 400-pounder. Here are some suggestions from three who are already in that illustrious clique — Guy Jacobsen, Enrico Capozzi and Dave Kahlenberg — that could help. Many products featured on this site were editorially chosen. Weight: 181 pounds, 14 ounces Angler: Evandro Coser Location: Vitoria, Brazil Date: Dec. 8, 1979 Notes: Coser (of Brazil) trolled dead bait to land this 107.5-inch fish. You can search all IGFA World Records for freshwater and saltwater fishes in All-TackleLine Class, All-Tackle Length for male, female and junior anglers. … DK: Besides a maneuverable boat in top shape, it should have good interior/exterior lighting. For more, see link above. DK: Don’t guess at your drag setting — not with such superlight lines. Current World Record: The story of Brad Neilson's Black marlin—263.9 kilograms (581 pounds), Lighthouse Reef, Mapelane, South Africa, May 29, 1999. Here's another great clip from the International Game Fish Association. GJ: Keep it light. The footage captures Alfred Glassal catching a world record Black Marlin. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Enrico Capozzi has set other astonishing records — such as this 159-pound, 13-ounce, black marlin on 2-pound line that he caught within a few days of his phenomenal 6-pound record in 2000, also out of Port Stephens, Australia; not so surprisingly, both records stand today. GJ: It’s a team sport. I remember Enrico asking, ‘What the hell do we do now?’” But there was little. That’s no mean feat no matter what line size you might be using. Search for the biggest fish in the International Game Fish Association's database of biggest fish for each species. Photo: Supplied / Wyatt Johnston Wyatt Johnston, 15, is on track to break the record for a New Zealand junior on a 37 line class after the catch of a black marlin weighing more than 360kg yesterday. And why not? Also see our yellowfin tuna photo section for pictures of the 225-pound beast we got the previous afternoon at Hannibal Bank. What an amazing effort! All fish must be caught per IGFA rules. Right off they managed to get an estimated 180-pound mako to the boat on 2-pound line, but they weren’t able to sink a second gaff before the big shark chewed through the light-wire trace and was gone. However, Jack Nicklaus did catch the largest Black Marlin of 1978, and one of the largest fish ever landed on rod-and-reel. We are pictured, struggling to lift it aboard, on the cover of Sport Fishing Magazine's October 2001 issue. It’s a world where — while following all International Game Fish Association rules to the letter — one angler and his team landed on 4-pound-test (actually 3.55-pound) not an impressive 20-pounder, or even a 200-pounder, but rather a ginormous 573-pound marlin, for a mind-boggling 161-to-1 ratio. do to Help Save the Big Fish of the Atlantic. Knowing makos might do just this, he had set up in 200 feet of water so a shark couldn’t go deep enough to spool him. (Photo, D. Olander), Author Kip Farrington, Jr. with two black marlin he caught on the same day in 1952 off Cabo Blanco, Peru. Topping it all off yesterday with a new Potential World Record black marlin of 15.1kg on 1kg line on her family’s Bounty Hunter! It still stands as the all tackle world record and the 130 pound class line record. For the next 35 minutes, Kahlenberg maintained what pressure he could as the fish moved up and down in the water column, generally around the boat. 3 pagesSwordfish Little did I know, this would be the most epic fishing trip of my life. If you enjoyed this, check out: The The world record (1,376 pounds) was landed in June, 1982. The world record bass was 22 pounds and 4 ounces. “If you’re guessing — just pulling the line and setting it where it feels right — things will just go wrong.” EC: A team must be ready to take advantage of any opportunity a fish gives them, at any point in the fight. That world record has held up for 8 decades! “About an hour later, the 150-pound mako turned up in the berley (chum) line,” recalls Kahlenberg, “and we decided to try for it on 2-pound line.” (The pair had on board 2- , 4-, 6- and 8-pound rigs for record attempts, ready to suit various sizes of fish.) Many photos of that trip are presented in the excellent new Coiba Adventure website. This fish, which weighed around 70 pounds (32 kg), was the first marlin caught by a sport fisherman in Australia, and is also thought to be the first marlin of any species caught on rod and reel. Photo, B. Miller ) Above, Capt the Atlantic and more the drag back to its,! 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