Greatest Fish Ever Caught

Worlds Biggest Fish Ever Caught

The sport or pastime of fishing is very popular with tales of "the one that got away" rife in fishing circles. Many of us who love fishing are intrigued by giants of the fish world that have been caught in the past. Here we will take a look at some of the largest fish in the world that have been hooked by lucky fishermen.

Mekong Giant Catfish

Mekong Catfish

This giant catfish was caught in Thailand in 2005 and is thought to be the biggest freshwater fish ever caught. This humungous fish weighed six hundred and forty six pounds and was just short of nine feet long which is phenomenal for a freshwater fish. Due to its giant size the fish was named "grizzly bear". You may wonder why, well its simple really, this super sized monster weighed more than your average grizzly bear! Unfortunately the fish died soon after capture as the men who caught it could not return it to the water quickly enough.

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna

Nova Scotia in 1959 is the place where this record breaking bluefin tuna was caught. Generally Tuna are large fish but this baby was absolutely collossal as it weighed in at one thousand four hundred and ninety six pounds. Ken Fraser is the man who has this claim to fame and well done to him!

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

The record for the biggest largemouth bass ever to be caught is now tied between two contenders. The record previously was held by an American George Perry of Jacksonville, while this record stood for seventy seven years from 1932 to 2009. So, who was the lucky fisherman who almost broke this much sought after record? Manabu Kurita from Aichi Japan caught a giant largemouth bass in Lake Biwa near Kyoto weighing twenty two pounds four ounces equalling the weight of the fish caught by Perry so becoming joint record holder.

The Americans were quick to question the validity of this claim due to the record standing for such a long time but the catch was proven and verified by the International Game Fish Association with Kurita even having to endure a polygraph test to prove that he was not lying. Kurita passed the test therefore the record is now held jointly by both men.

Swordfish

Swordfish

We have to go back to May 1953 to find the world record for the biggest swordfish ever caught. The swordfish was caught by Lou Marron off the coast of Chile and weighed a colossal one thousand one hundred and eighty two pounds and measured 4.553 metres in length! It took Marron over two hours to land the fish following a lengthy battle.

This swordfish is one of the heaviest fish to ever be caught using a rod and reel therefore it is no wonder it took so long to land it. The mounted swordfish can be viewed at the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame in Miami should you ever be in the vicinity.

Lobster

Lobster Maine

The largest lobster ever caught in the state of Maine weighed twenty seven pounds in weight and was landed off the coast of the state. This massive lobster is equal to the size of your average three year old but will not end up in the pot. In fact he was later released back into the water as the rules in Maine state that lobsters over the size of five inches cannot be kept. This must have been a relief for "Rocky" as he was nicknamed.

The largest lobster ever caught according to the Guinness Book of Records was landed off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1977 and weighed forty four pounds!