About due for a billfish world record soon…

Largest Marlin Ever Caught on Rod & Reel

In spite of the number of big fish we continue to see in fisheries all around the globe, the world hasn’t seen an IGFA all-tackle world record for ANY species of billfish in about 16 years.  In fact, few billfish are even coming close to current world records, speaking perhaps to overfishing by longliners, maybe greater dispersion in the large fish, making them harder to target, or just some plain extraordinary luck with the world record catches.

At any rate, we’re figuring we’re due for a big one soon.  Billfish Report offers up the world record catches for each of the nine species of billfish…

Black marlin – 1,560 pounds, Cabo Blanco, Peru, 1953.

Atlantic blue marlin – 1,402 pounds, Vitoria, Brazil, 1992.

Pacific blue marlin – 1,376 pounds, Kona, HI, 1982.

Striped marlin – 494 pounds, Tutakaka, New Zealand, 1986.

White marlin – 181 pounds, Vitoria, Brazil, 1979.

Swordfish – 1,182 pounds, Iquique, Chile, 1953.

Atlantic sailfish – 141 pounds, Luanda, Angola, 1994.

Pacific sailfish – 221 pounds, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador, 1947.

Spearfish – 91 pounds, Madeira, 1980.

It’s about time for the big one!

About John

John Harmeling is the co-founder of billfishreport.com and granderwatch.com. Having traveled to and fished the major billfisheries across the globe, he counts Kona and Cairns as his favorites, and the black marlin to be the ocean's supreme pelagic specimen. He believes the very best and most enjoyable place to find tuna is in a marlin's stomach.

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  1. Its coming, but I bet is going to come from Ascension or the Eastern Atlantic (Azores, Madeira, Canaries)

  2. I say it’s someplace we don’t expect…someplace out of the blue like Brazil, Ecuador, Vanuatu, Mauritius.

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