It was the world's first 1000 lb black marlin … Kahlenberg quickly free-spooled out his bait, as the men searched for the shark. (Photo, B. Miller), Above, Capt. However, Jack Nicklaus did catch the largest Black Marlin of 1978, and one of the largest fish ever landed on rod-and-reel. 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. caught off Cabo Blanco, Peru, in 1953. Photo courtesy of www.AntiqueFishingReels.com, Black Marlin - pg. “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. Photo courtesy of www.AntiqueFishingReels.com. 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 didn't count as a world record because John touched the rod. Little did I know, this would be … DK: Invest in great tackle — and make it better. 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. Then came a head gaff, and the catch was a done deal. The footage captures Alfred Glassal catching a world record Black Marlin. 3 pagesSwordfish A Bonnier Corporation Company. The world record bass was 22 pounds and 4 ounces. Copyright © 2021 Sport Fishing Magazine. 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. (Actual photo of record catch unavailable.) 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. 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. Fishing World Records. 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. Report written by David Clahan. Four Light-Line Conquests That Extend the Boundaries of What Seems Possible. “The bait looked tiny in the fish’s mouth,” says Capozzi. Unofficial World Record Black Marlin. So you want to try your hand at joining the oh-so-limited 50-to-1-catch club? 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. 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. Many photos of that trip are presented in the excellent new, . Lily fought the fish for an amazing 2hrs 15mins which is incredibly difficult on the ultra line tackle. We are pictured, struggling to lift it aboard, on the cover of Sport Fishing Magazine's October 2001 issue. The world record is a 1,182-pound swordfish caught May 7, 1953, in Iquique, Chile, according to the International Game Fish Association. Courtesy Enrico Capozzi If you enjoyed this, check out: The (, 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. The IGFA maintains the World Records for all species of game fish. Unofficial World Record Black Marlin. 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. 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. “Use the lightest possible drag at all stages of a fight to minimize line stress. The Black Marlin is truly a… 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. “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. Then, to the dismay of Kahlenberg, it went pretty much straight down. The sport anglers’ favorite, Marlin stands first in this list of the world’s largest fish. caught off Cabo Blanco, Peru, in 1953. Photo: Proud angler … Black marlin might occupy a separate entry to the list according to the commentary on a BBC Earth documentary, but who knows, they did not really measure anything. Current World Record: The story of Brad Neilson's Black marlin—263.9 kilograms (581 pounds), Lighthouse Reef, Mapelane, South Africa, May 29, 1999. An angler gives up a potential record to tag a monster black marlin off Panama. In February 1913, Mark Lidwill, fishing off Port Stephens, brought in the first black marlin ever caught on rod and reel. EC: Little things can trip you up; focus on details GJ: Practice, practice, practice (as a team). Little did I know, this would be the most epic fishing trip of my life. Wyatt Johnston with the 364kg black marlin that is being shared among his family and friends. “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.) 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. BLACK marlin (recently reclassified as Istiompax indica, after formerly being known as Makaira indica) are considered by many authorities to be amongst the world's premiere game fish.They certainly have size on their side, with the all tackle world record black marlin weighing in at 1560lb (707.6kg) taken by Alfred Glassell way back in 1953 off Cabo Blanco, Peru. (Photo, B. Miller) Above, Capt. That world record has held up for 8 decades! (See Black Marlin - page 3) It was caught on a great trip in May 2000 with Capt. 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. Finally the mako rolled, about 40 feet from that boat. Among those records is this 231-pound stripe the angler and team beat on 4-pound. Here's another great clip from the International Game Fish Association. (Photos, D. Olander), black marlin (1,560 lbs.) Historically, a number of very large great white shark specimens have been recorded. That makes it a 5-to-1 catch (i.e., fish weight to line strength). Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Below is a photo of George holding his record largemouth bass. 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. “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. 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 … About 35 feet behind the boat, the mako appeared and took the bait. Massive billfish is the largest blue marlin caught off Kona, Hawaii, since 1992. World's largest marlin -- 4,500 pounds -- landed in Cabo San Lucas And it is tail-walking on a cement pedestal for all the world to see -- all 4,500 pounds. “That,” marvels Capozzi, “was a spectacular flying-gaff shot, and it went in solid. (Some of Kahlenberg's light-line arsenal is shown in photo at left.) 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. For more, see link above. 2 of 3Atlantic Blue Marlin - 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! caught off Cabo Blanco, Peru, in 1953. Sport Fishing Magazine may receive financial compensation for products purchased through this site. 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. I was spearfishing at Lighthouse Reef, Mapelane, on the East Coast of South Africa May 29, 1999. Use the search form above to find fishing world records for freshwater fish, saltwater fish, and more. – Size. 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, . “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. Longliners fish most heavily during the periods when the moon is brightest. Then he pushed the drag back to its minimal, preset point. 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. - 3 pagesBluefin Tuna - 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. 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. 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. 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. GJ: Keep it light. 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. A quick check of IGFA line-class records shows that Kiwi angler Guy Jacobsen owns all light classes (2-, 4-, 6-, 8- and 12-pound) for striped marlin, all caught off northern New Zealand between 2005 and 2010. (See Black Marlin - page 3) It was caught on a great trip in May 2000 with Capt. DK: Besides a maneuverable boat in top shape, it should have good interior/exterior lighting. 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. Here are some suggestions from three who are already in that illustrious clique — Guy Jacobsen, Enrico Capozzi and Dave Kahlenberg — that could help. 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. 4 pagesPacific Blue Marlin - - 2 pagesSpearfishSailfishLarge Sharks. do to Help Save the Big Fish of the Atlantic. The world record (1,376 pounds) was landed in June, 1982. A black marlin powering its way during a fight on the Reef. (Photos, D. Olander), Alfred Glassell and his long-standing world record black marlin (1,560 lbs.) His catch beats the standing Connecticut state record of 23 pounds 9 ounces, caught by Kendall Owens in 2011. December 10, 2016. And why not? 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. 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. It still stands as the all tackle world record and the 130 pound class line record. The catches in these four most sensational light-line conquests range from nearly 100-to-1 to that 161-to-1, and you can find at igfa.org more than a dozen catches topping 50-to-1. 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. All rights reserved. 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 … So, this real-time image of the moon phase shows when the kill of swordfish is greatest and least. An angler gives up a potential record to tag a monster black marlin off Panama. 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. DK: Don’t guess at your drag setting — not with such superlight lines. My buddies were Jimmy Uys (Jimmy held the previous record) and Koos Jordaan with Frans Botes as topmnan. Many products featured on this site were editorially chosen. Photo courtesy of www.AntiqueFishingReels.com. GJ: It’s a team sport. 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. … 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. 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. (Photo, D. Olander), Author Kip Farrington, Jr. with two black marlin he caught on the same day in 1952 off Cabo Blanco, Peru. Alfred Glassell and his long-standing world record black marlin (1,560 lbs.) 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. Report written by David Clahan. A very rare catch. Build a strong team and a team ethos. I remember Enrico asking, ‘What the hell do we do now?’” But there was little. All fish must be caught per IGFA rules. With line that will break at 1½ pounds of pull, water pressure alone can part it, so Kahlenberg couldn’t make the shark stop; all he could do was keep the reel in free spool until it decided to stop. Also see our yellowfin tuna photo section for pictures of the 225-pound beast we got the previous afternoon at Hannibal Bank. The largest marlin ever caught on rod and reel is an 1805, caught in Honolulu in 1970. Fortunately, the mako on its own headed back topside, though it didn’t stay there long. Photo courtesy of www.AntiqueFishingReels.com, Below, a grander black marlin being fought by Captain Bart Miller on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. We are pictured, struggling to lift it aboard, on the cover of Sport Fishing Magazine's October 2001 issue. For most of us, catching a 20-pound fish of any species on 4-pound-test line would qualify as justification for bragging rights. Tom Yust getting a good look at our 400-pounder. 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. The all-tackle black marlin record is 1,560 pounds, a fish caught in 1953 off Cabo Blanco, Peru, by Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Search for the biggest fish in the International Game Fish Association's database of biggest fish for each species. 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. 6 pagesBigeye TunaYellowfin TunaWhite Marlin The Texas angler had chased giant marlin for years and finally succeeded in Cabo Blanco in Peru. That’s no mean feat no matter what line size you might be using. 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. Below, a grander black marlin being fought by Captain Bart Miller on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. What an amazing effort! 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. Many photos of that trip are presented in the excellent new Coiba Adventure website.
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