Sport Fishing – Recent Records


The current IGFA all tackle world record Atlantic sailfish of 141 pounds was caught off Angola in 1994.  Angler Marco Couto stands to bust that all tackle world record with his leviathan 142-pound, 6-ounce spindlebeak plucked from Angolan waters.


Marco Couto  142 pound 6 ounce Sailfish 1994

Atlantic sailfish are smaller than their Pacific brethren and generally average between 40 to 60 pounds. An 80- to 100-pound class Atlantic sail is considered a worthy trophy. Tournament spokespeople are proud to declare that 99 percent of the fish in the contest are released, with only this one pending world record sail being kept. Not a bad ratio considering over 500 sailfish were caught.


A Florida teen has reeled in what could be a record for largest swordfish ever caught in the area.   Adam Satter, 17, is an avid fisherman but was only on his second swordfishing trip when he set sail with his father on Labor Day.  When they returned to Jupiter, Florida, they brought with them a nearly 700 pound swordfish.

Adam Satter    693 Pound Swordfish 2014

The fish was so big it had to be towed into a dock because it wouldn’t fit inside the boat.  The 693-pound fish measured 14-feet long. The fish was so big, in fact, that at first Adam didn’t think it was a fish at all.  “Came up twice.   All we saw was a big shadow — thought it might have been a big shark,!”  After Adam and his dad weighed the whopping fish for official purposes, they generously gave the valuable meat away to friends at the dock.   They kept just the swordfish’s impressive bill for themselves.


An angler fishing off Kona, Hawaii, landed a 1,368-pound blue marlin while fishing aboard a 20-foot skiff.   The massive billfish, caught by Guy Kitaoka aboard the vessel Dayna, is the largest blue marlin caught off Kona in 23 years, and is only eight pounds shy of the world record, a 1,376-pound blue caught off Kona in 1982


Guy Kitaoka  1,368 pound Blue Marlin 2015

Kitaoka  holds a commercial-fishing license and was fishing for tuna and billfish to sell at the Hilo fish market.

He and his captain, Darrell Omori, were fishing in an area teeming with large tuna. Since giant marlin often feed on schooling tuna, Kitaoka used a live skipjack tuna as bait. The billfish nearly stripped all the line from an electric reel designed to shorten the fight time with powerful game fish. Had Omori not chased the fish with the boat, it would have escaped.  At one point early in the battle, the marlin jumped far from the skiff, and Kitaoka estimated it to weigh about 300 pounds,  but Capt. Bomboy Llanes, in a nearby yacht, was closer to the fish and radioed Omori to explain that they had hooked a rare “grander,” or a marlin weighing 1,000 pounds or more.   It was Kitaoka’s 58th birthday, and he thought Llanes was joking.

The marlin was brought alongside the boat after a 90-minute fight–a very short fight for such an enormous billfish. But it was too large to be loaded onto the skiff, so Llanes piloted his yacht over to offer assistance.   It took seven men to haul the marlin through the transom door on Llanes’ boat, the Lana Kila. The fish measured nearly 12 feet long, with an 84-inch girth.   It was Kitaoka’s first grander, although he once fought a massive marlin for nine hours before it broke free.  The last blue marlin topping 1,300 pounds was a 1,356-pounder caught aboard Spellbound on June 6, 1992.


A New Zealand woman may have caught the world’s largest Pacific bluefin tuna, which would make the sizeable fish the largest of its kind to be caught on a rod and reel.

Donna Pascoe, 56, is credited with making the catch. She was onboard her boat “Gladiator” on Feb. 19 when she hooked the 907 Pound Pacific Bluefin Tuna.   She sent the fish’s measurements to the International Game Fish Association to recognize her as the new world record holder for a pacific bluefin tuna catch, and she’s still waiting for the official word. But in the meantime, the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council announced this week it’s the largest fish ever caught by a female angler off New Zealand.

“I hooked up at 9:10 a.m. with the reel screaming,” Pascoe told the Saltwater Sportsman. “The fish never surfaced, so we had no idea what was on the other end. After three hours, the fish surfaced and the skipper yelled ‘Tuna, world record!'”


Donna Pascoe 907 Pound Pacific Bluefin Tuna 2014

Pascoe’s catch took four hours to reel in.  “The line was peeling out like it was attached to a freight train,” she says. “As usual, I was pretty nervous that I might get spooled. Thankfully, the fish stopped running and I was able to get a bit of line back in.”  Even four men couldn’t pull the giant fish on board.

“Four men could not pull it onto the boat, so we had to be assisted by the boat anchor winch and even then it took half an hour to bring it on board,” Pascoe said.  She says her stamina during the fish’s four-hour fight didn’t wane.     “Once we had the fish, I was so excited that my arms and legs could have fallen off and I wouldn’t have noticed,” she says. “I think adrenalin is a great thing and it certainly kept me going.


This viral picture of what appears to be a giant tiger shark has been making the rounds on the internet recently, but conflicting stories differ on how big it is or even where it was caught. What is known is that the shark was caught recently somewhere off the coast of New South Wales, and that it has stirred up quite a bit of attention.


ANGLER UNKNOWN  22 Feet Long 3,866 Pounds

At least one angler has come forward to claim the catch, identifying himself only as “Matthew”.   According to the commercial fisherman, the tiger shark was caught a few miles off the Tweed Coast when he was fighting another, smaller hammerhead.

“I was fighting the Hammerhead and he came up and swallowed it,” Matthew said. “You can’t turn around and go no, don’t touch, to something like that.”

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