Location: Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Scientific name: Istiophorus platypterus
World record weight: 221 lb. 8 oz. (100.24 kg.)
Angler: Carl W. Stewart
Date of capture: February 12, 1947
Bait: trolled mullet
Time of battle: 30 minutes
Previous record: 141 lb., Kip Farrington
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.