Marlin Magazine: The Biggest Marlin Ever Caught

While there have been bigger marlin landed commercially and by recreational anglers not in accordance with IGFA rules, pictured below are the leading big fish, officially speaking. These are the certified all-tackle world records for black, Atlantic and Pacific blue, striped and white marlin. They represent the ultimate benchmarks for anglers chasing the world’s biggest fish.

Special thanks to the IGFA for providing the photos. For more information on fishing for world-class marlin, check out the links at the bottom of the page.

Black Marlin

biggest black marlinWeight: 1,560 pounds

Angler: Alfred Glassell Jr.

Location: Cabo Blanco, Peru

Date: Aug. 4, 1953

Notes: Glassell Jr. of Houston boated this behemoth after a 1 hour and 45 minute fight. The 174-inch fish fell for a mackerel trolled in the once-legendary Black Marlin Boulevard off Cabo Blanco.






Pacific Blue Marlin

biggest blue marlinWeight: 1,376 pounds

Angler: Jay de Beaubien

Location: Kaaiwai Point, Kona

Date: May 31, 1982

Notes: This Hawaiian blue took a Kita lure and succumbed in less than one hour. Jay de Beaubien caught this 193-inch fish using a Fin-Nor 12/0.

Atlantic Blue Marlin

biggest atlantic blue marlinWeight: 1,402 pounds, 2 ounces

Angler: Paulo Amorim

Location: Vitoria, Brazil

Date: Feb. 29, 1992

Notes: Amorim’s 162-inch fish ate a pink-and-white Mold Craft Super Chugger and is the most recent record-breaker on our list. (Big photo is a replica mount)

Striped Marlin

biggest striped marlin

Weight: 494 pounds

Angler: Bill Boniface

Location: Tutukaka, New Zealand

Date: January 16, 1986

Notes: Boniface, a New Zealand native, fed this once-in-a-lifetime fish a kahawai.

White Marlin

heaviest white marlinWeight: 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.

For More Information

The Blue Marlin List
A comprehensive list of the baits and lures used to catch record blue marlin

Video: Better Than a World Record
An angler gives up a potential record to tag a monster black

The World’s Best Grander Spots
Six (and then some) of the top places to pursue big marlin,1&cmpid=enews121613&sppodid=0

Published by Hank Sibley Bluewater Yacht Sales

Hank Sibley Sales Professional Bluewater Yacht Sales Hampton, VA 804.337.1945 (Mobile) 757.788.7082 (Office) 757.723.3329 (Fax)

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