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World Record Catches: 50 of the Biggest Fish Ever Landed with a Rod and Reel

World Record Catches: 50 of the Biggest Fish Ever Landed with a Rod and Reel

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from dwaynez wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I always like to see these lists of the largest fish ever caught, it gives you something to keep in mind when you hit the water.

We can all dream of landing the fish that will replace this one on the list

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from jay wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Nice post; would have liked to have seen more North American species such gar, carp, blue catfish, etc.

Can't wait for the small fish blog.

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from ETangler wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

great info for us to shoot for.

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from VT Outdoorsman wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Cool portraits of some of these fish.

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from t_holinka wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I can'r belive it a 43 lb rainbow trout. That alot bigger than the trout i've ever seen, and you are definetly right it is something to shoot for.

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from peter wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

that s pretty neat

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

i want to know what the bigest crappie is.

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from rrmont wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

This is the way it should be, just the biggest fish.

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from MLH wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Biggest Northern Pike was caught in Germany! Who'd have thunk?

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from charlie aleval wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Man i'm going make that list.

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from TheEasternShore... wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

i have that book i got it for Christmas it is really cool

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from Mc. Squizzy wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

notice that the marlin all have a lot bigger heads than the normal ones.

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from gossy42 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Awesome Pics. I dont know if that brook trout will ever be broken!

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from Ziggy4334 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

That channel cat dwarfs mine. That thing is unreal! It was probably corn fed and kept inside a pond. I've never seen anything like that, ever - in the wild.

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from Stormy_Gal wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Ok, this is driving me nut. I know what the dolphin fish looks like, but I looked up the dorado and I keep seeing more dolphin fish. Are they really that easy to mix up, or is there something wrong here?

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from MPN wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I wish.....

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

man i wanna ctach a fish like this

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from Seth Olson wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

How come there isnt a walleye on the list

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Stormy, isn't that a different name for the same fish?

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Oops I see it's not.

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from wsimien wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

All of the different "class categories" have taken away some of the excitement when it comes to World Records for me. I understand there is different skill involved with different rods, bait and lines but I think the record should go to the absolute biggest fish, period.

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from Taylor Fitzpatrick wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Nice pictures

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from dakohta14 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

when do the small fish get their big break,man my dad is always after the big one and is trying to get me away from the little guys. p.s. I LOVE BULL GILL'S

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from CRAWLIFE wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I once caught a slender madtom that was almost 5 inces long.This is huge considering they generally don't reach 4 inches.The big little fish is long over due for recognition!

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from applejr420 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Well we can all dream...

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from Alex Williams wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I would like to see pictures of the actual record fish.

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from Jordy wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I'm surprised that the biggest sturgeon in that list was 468 pounds. I've seen some pretty big sturgeons pulled out of the Fraser here in BC. They are the hardest fish I've ever fought [but a lot slower than a salmon]

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from ABlumenthal wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

how long was this fish? I caught a 29 inch sea trout a few years ago and am just curious to see how close I was. I didnt measure it but i would assume that it was around 15 or 16 pounds.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Excellent pictures of the big fish!!!!!!

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from Johny wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Wow,the bigest crappie but The new world record holder for the biggest freshwater fish is the Giant Mekong catfish (Pangasius gigas) http://e-fishingnews.com/amazing/196

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from zcutbait wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

i'm putting the portrait of the yellowtail on a jig stick

calstar bj90j

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from Randy Hanser wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

Previous record was my great grandfather.

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from Chris L Martin wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Greg Myerson has the new striped bass record with an 81 lber

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from dwaynez wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I always like to see these lists of the largest fish ever caught, it gives you something to keep in mind when you hit the water.

We can all dream of landing the fish that will replace this one on the list

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from wsimien wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

All of the different "class categories" have taken away some of the excitement when it comes to World Records for me. I understand there is different skill involved with different rods, bait and lines but I think the record should go to the absolute biggest fish, period.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from ETangler wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

great info for us to shoot for.

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from VT Outdoorsman wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Cool portraits of some of these fish.

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from t_holinka wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I can'r belive it a 43 lb rainbow trout. That alot bigger than the trout i've ever seen, and you are definetly right it is something to shoot for.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from buck hunter 17 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

i want to know what the bigest crappie is.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from rrmont wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

This is the way it should be, just the biggest fish.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from MLH wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Biggest Northern Pike was caught in Germany! Who'd have thunk?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from charlie aleval wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Man i'm going make that list.

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from TheEasternShore... wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

i have that book i got it for Christmas it is really cool

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from Mc. Squizzy wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

notice that the marlin all have a lot bigger heads than the normal ones.

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from gossy42 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Awesome Pics. I dont know if that brook trout will ever be broken!

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from Ziggy4334 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

That channel cat dwarfs mine. That thing is unreal! It was probably corn fed and kept inside a pond. I've never seen anything like that, ever - in the wild.

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from Seth Olson wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

How come there isnt a walleye on the list

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from Taylor Fitzpatrick wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Nice pictures

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from Chris L Martin wrote 49 weeks 6 days ago

Greg Myerson has the new striped bass record with an 81 lber

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from jay wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Nice post; would have liked to have seen more North American species such gar, carp, blue catfish, etc.

Can't wait for the small fish blog.

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from peter wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

that s pretty neat

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from Stormy_Gal wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Ok, this is driving me nut. I know what the dolphin fish looks like, but I looked up the dorado and I keep seeing more dolphin fish. Are they really that easy to mix up, or is there something wrong here?

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from MPN wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I wish.....

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

man i wanna ctach a fish like this

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Stormy, isn't that a different name for the same fish?

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Oops I see it's not.

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from dakohta14 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

when do the small fish get their big break,man my dad is always after the big one and is trying to get me away from the little guys. p.s. I LOVE BULL GILL'S

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from CRAWLIFE wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I once caught a slender madtom that was almost 5 inces long.This is huge considering they generally don't reach 4 inches.The big little fish is long over due for recognition!

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from applejr420 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Well we can all dream...

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from Alex Williams wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I would like to see pictures of the actual record fish.

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from Jordy wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I'm surprised that the biggest sturgeon in that list was 468 pounds. I've seen some pretty big sturgeons pulled out of the Fraser here in BC. They are the hardest fish I've ever fought [but a lot slower than a salmon]

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from ABlumenthal wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

how long was this fish? I caught a 29 inch sea trout a few years ago and am just curious to see how close I was. I didnt measure it but i would assume that it was around 15 or 16 pounds.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Excellent pictures of the big fish!!!!!!

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from Johny wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Wow,the bigest crappie but The new world record holder for the biggest freshwater fish is the Giant Mekong catfish (Pangasius gigas) http://e-fishingnews.com/amazing/196

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from zcutbait wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

i'm putting the portrait of the yellowtail on a jig stick

calstar bj90j

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from Randy Hanser wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

Previous record was my great grandfather.

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Additional Info

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.

Table of Contents
(Species are listed in alphabetical order within each category)
Saltwater Fish Records
Freshwater Fish Records
Migratory Fish Records

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.

 

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