Location: Gran Canaria, Spain
Scientific name: Thunnus alalunga
World record weight: 88 lb. 2 oz. (40 kg.)
Angler: Siegfried Dickermann
Date of capture: November 19, 1977
Bait: live mackerel
Time of battle: 45 minutes
Previous record: 74 lb. 13 oz., Canary Is., Olof Idegsen
These gorgeous portraits of fifty all-tackle records were taken from the new book BIG: The 50 Greatest World Record Catches, from artist Flick Ford and International Game Fish Association (IGFA) historian Mike Rivkin. The portraits are based on historic photographs, catch reports, and other research and, according to the publisher, "show each catch as it would have looked emerging from the water." Visit Greenwich Workshop Press, greenwichworkshop.com, for more information.
Note: The world record lengths shown next to each painting are drawn from the IGFA’s database or are estimated as marked. The trophy lengths are estimates made by the artist from a variety of sources including personal experience.
All images from BIG: The 50 Greatest World Record Fish, by Mike Rivkin with paintings by Flick Ford, ©Greenwich Workshop Press, 2008. Paintings ©Flick Ford.