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Amazing Saltwater Fishing Records

Nov 30, 2007
Back in 1953, on May 7th Lou Marron was onboard his boat, "Flying Heart" off the coast of Chile. They were fishing for billfish. The Captain of the boat was Eddie Wall, who'd done a lot of fishing for swordfish.

They spotted a giant swordfish and threw the line across it's nose, the fish turned away. They moved and tried again, this time the fish went for the bait. Lou was strapped in the chair waiting, the line moved out slowly, then began to speed up. Lou got the fish to the boat a total of twelve times, each time the fish surged away, after the thirteenth time Lou reached out and grabbed the leader, the fish thrashed, they got the gaff in it and managed to pull it aboard.

Back at the dock, the monster fish weighed in at 1,182 pounds, it was the largest fish ever caught up to that day. Many say this record will never be broken.

The first fish ever caught that weighed over 1000 pounds was caught in 1930 by Zane Grey off the coast of Tahiti. However the IGFA did not allow the fish since sharks had got a hold of it on the way to the boat. It was another 22 years before another fish weighing in at over 1000 pounds was caught again.

The current record for an all tackle catch taken on a 130 pound test line is a Blue Marlin weighing in at 1,376 pounds. However the most amazing Marlin is the one caught by Kelley Everett off the coast of Hawaii. He took it using skip bait tuna. It weighed in at 1,103 pounds, the amazing thing is, he caught it using a 30 pound test line!

It took an hour and a half to bring the fish close in with no pauses and no resting! The deck hands set three gaffs and hauled the fish through the transom door, then the race to shore was on. At that time the record stood at 626 pounds, and that's what the scales were set for, they reset it for 826 pounds, again the beam flipped up, the reset again and again until the fish was finally weighed at 1,103 1/2 pounds.

The most exciting record will probably never be broken. A Tiger Shark caught off a pier in the Carolinas.

It weighed in at 1,780 pounds after losing an estimated 10% of it's body weight! Experts say that if they had been able to weigh it when it was first caught it would have weighed in at over a ton! Not a bad day fishing off the pier! The Carolinas no longer allow shark fishing from the pier as it's "not good for tourism". That's why this record will probably stand forever.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best saltwater fishing information possible. Get more information on saltwater fishing records here: http://www.asksaltwaterfishing.com
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