Have you ever caught a monster fish? Check out some of these amazing trophies and record fish, and see how you compare with these historic monsters...
Although most anglers consider Minnesota the Walleye capital of the country, river fisherman John Grubenhoff brought in a 20 pound walleye in the state of Washington. He caught this top prize while fishing the Columbia River in 2014. He says he caught a 14-pounder, a sizable fish, about 10 minutes before hauling in the state record walleye.
Japanese angler Manabu Kurita set the bass fishing world reeling when he brought in a largemouth that weighed 22 pounds, 5 ounces. After the fish was officially recorded, it set the world record for the species.
A 20 pound redfish is a great prize, so image the surprise of Dave Deuel when he caught a redfish that weighed in at 94 pounds 2 ounces. In 1984, Deuel set the record while fishing the banks of North Carolina. This monster was caught during the fall run, when many anglers are able to catch active redfish.
It’s called “the fish of 10,000 casts,” because this sleek, apprehensive trophy fish takes dedication, patience, and a little luck. In 1949, angler and outdoor writer Cal Johnson used all of his skills to bring in the world record muskie. Anglers take to northern Wisconsin ever year to try and beat his record, but this one still stands as the official leader.
In early 2015, an Italian angler caught a monster 280-pound wels catfish from the Po River. Wels catfish are some of the largest freshwater fish in the world and are believed to live up to eighty years.
The biggest alligator gar ever recorded was actually caught by accident. When a commercial fisherman was bringing in his nets for the end of the day, he thought he had a heavy log weighing down his lines. Turns out it was a world-record alligator gar, a prehistoric fish that has become a popular trophy in the southern U.S.
Anglers fishing off the coast of Nicaragua may have caught the largest tarpon ever brought in on a rod and reel, the only problem: it wasn’t weighed. The anglers caught the fish in October of 2014, but there was no scale in the area that could have handled the fish, which is estimated to have been over 300 pounds.
Fans of Nat Geo’s Wicked Tuna and our very own Dave Marciano will appreciate this whopper of a tuna. In 1979, Ken Fraser brought in a world record bluefin off the coast of Nova Scotia. At nearly 1,500 pounds, it remains the world record for bluefin tuna.
Back in 1953, an angler by the name of Alfred Glassell Jr. caught a massive black marlin, tipping the scales above 1,500 pounds. The fish was caught off the coast of Peru using a mackerel for bait. After a fight that lasted one hour and 45 minutes, Glassell was finally able to haul in this monster.
Okay, this one isn’t a fish, but it’s still a monster. An Oklahoma angler was hoping to catch some catfish, but instead he reeled in one of the meanest and ugliest animals in the water. Although bigger snappers have been recorded, catching one of any size is a big surprise!
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Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.