100 Best Saltwater Fishing Catches Ever


Every angler has one or a few: A favorite memory of the biggest fish they’ve ever caught. Even most non-anglers have heard stories about their grandpa, dad, uncle, or friend fighting and reeling in a fish that was bigger than their boat. Sport Fishing decided to cross-reference legend with fact to determine the International Game Fish Association’s all-time world record, and compiled a list of the 100 best world records ever caught.

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Of course, ranking record catches will always be a subjective exercise. The truth is that each catch over the following pages represents a phenomenal accomplishment, requiring great skill and patience to achieve.

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.