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50 Greatest Women’s World-Record Catches

These extraordinary saltwater world records prove that ladies are badass anglers too.

A record amberjack

50 GREATEST WOMEN'S WORLD-RECORD CATCHES

Catching an amberjack weighing about as much as the angler is a real feat, and even more on light line. (Scroll down to see more on this record.)

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If you think saltwater fishing is a man’s sport, the anglers in this gallery would no doubt beg to differ (or just whack you upside the head with their fly rod). Since the International Game Fish Association keeps world records in separate categories for men and for women, I thought it would be fun (and revealing) to compile a gallery of photos and information covering some of the most impressive world records taken by those of the feminine perusasion. These include outstanding all-tackle, line-class and tippet (fly-rod) records.

Granted, it's a subjective list, and these 50 records are not all that one might include here. And some I would have liked to include were omitted for the lack of a decent photo. But I think you’ll agree that all the anglers listed can boast a considerable accomplishment in setting these records. A major note of thanks to Jack Vitek at the IGFA for his considerable assistance in finding these photos in the association's archives.

(But wait! There's more! Check out Sport Fishing's gallery of the greatest catches made by junior anglers and IGFA fishing world-records caught by youngsters under 10 years old.)

If you think saltwater fishing is a man’s sport, the anglers in this gallery would no doubt beg to differ (or just whack you upside the head with their fly rod). Since the International Game Fish Asso

112-POUND AMBERJACK, 30-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Peggy Knapton
Location: Islamorada, Florida Keys
Date: April 1983
Reel: Penn International 30
Method: Drifting a bonito (little tunny)

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Editor's note: Sport Fishing does not condone or encourage the killing of marlin, sailfish, tarpon or large sharks by anglers. In general, we avoid showing photos of such fish, dead at the dock. However, we make an exception in a case like this, where most of these records are historic and show fish taken many years and often decades ago.

911-POUND, 12-OUNCE MAKO SHARK, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

911-POUND, 12-OUNCE MAKO SHARK, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Audrey Cohen
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Date: April 1962
Reel: Fin-Nor 12/0
Method: Trolling a mackerel

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60-POUND GREAT BARRACUDA, 16-POUND TIPPET

60-POUND GREAT BARRACUDA, 16-POUND TIPPET

Angler: Jodie L. Johnson
Location: Cosmoledo Atoll, the Seychelles
Date: December 2005
Reel: Abel
Method: Casting a Tandem Needlefish fly

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454-POUND GIANT SEA BASS, 50-POUND LINE

454-POUND GIANT SEA BASS, 50-POUND LINE

Angler: Lillian Scott
Location: Catalina Island, California
Date: September 1980
Reel: Penn International 6/0
Method: Bottom fishing a Pacific bonito

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265-POUND, 5-OUNCE SWORDFISH, 12-POUND LINE CLASS

265-POUND, 5-OUNCE SWORDFISH, 12-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Marg Love
Location: Gordon's Bay, Cape Point, South Africa
Date: May 1993
Reel: Shimano
Method: Drifting squid

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49-POUND ATLANTIC SNOOK, 20-POUND LINE CLASS

49-POUND ATLANTIC SNOOK, 20-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Judy Heidt
Location: Parisimina River, Costa Rica
Date: October 2001
Reel: Shimano Bantam Mag 50
Method: Casting a 1-ounce bucktail jig

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1,170-POUND BLUEFIN TUNA, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

1,170-POUND BLUEFIN TUNA, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Colette Perras
Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Date: October 1978
Reel: Penn
Method: Trolling a mackerel

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83-POUND, 6-OUNCE DOLPHINFISH (MAHI), 20-POUND LINE CLASS

83-POUND, 6-OUNCE DOLPHINFISH (MAHI), 20-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Mrs. Eugene Wooten
Location: Mazatlan, Mexico
Date: April 1972
Reel: Penn International 20
Method: Trolling a mullet

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111-POUND BLACK DRUM, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

111-POUND BLACK DRUM, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Betty Drummond Hall
Location: Cape Charles, Virginia
Date: May 1973
Reel: Penn Long Beach
Method: Casting clams

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1,525-POUND BLACK MARLIN, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

1,525-POUND BLACK MARLIN, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Mrs. Charles Hughes
Location: Cabo Blanco, Peru
Date: April 1954
Reel: Penn Senator 14/0
Method: Trolling a mackerel

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39 1/2-POUND KING MACKEREL, 16-POUND TIPPET CLASS

39 1/2-POUND KING MACKEREL, 16-POUND TIPPET CLASS

Angler: Dotty Ballantyne
Location: Key West, Florida
Date: February 2007
Reel: Abel
Method: Casting a baitfish-pattern fly

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249-POUND TARPON, 30-POUND LINE CLASS

249-POUND TARPON, 30-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Frederique Jarland
Location: Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone
Date: April 1994
Reel: Penn International 30
Method: Dead-bait fishing a mullet

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199-POUND PACIFIC SAILFISH, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

199-POUND PACIFIC SAILFISH, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Carolyn Steiner
Location: Piñas Bay, Panama
Date: January 1968
Reel: Penn Senator 10/0
Method: Trolling a Pacific bonito

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368-POUND PACIFIC HALIBUT, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

368-POUND PACIFIC HALIBUT, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Celia Dueitt
Location: Gustavus, Alaska
Date: July 1991
Reel: Penn 113H 4/0
Method: Bottomfishing a herring

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1,164-POUND WHITE SHARK, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

1,164-POUND WHITE SHARK, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Janet Forster
Location: The Pages, southern Australia
Date: March 1994
Reel: Penn International 130
Method: Still fishing with an eagle ray for bait
Comments: White sharks are now protected and may not be kept.

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64-POUND WHITE SEABASS, 50-POUND LINE CLASS

64-POUND WHITE SEABASS, 50-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Susan Mercer
Location: La Fonda, Mexico
Date: July 2009
Reel: Shimano Torium
Method: Bait fishing live squid

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996-POUND, 14-OUNCE PACIFIC BLUE MARLIN, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

996-POUND, 14-OUNCE PACIFIC BLUE MARLIN, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Melanie Kisbee
Location: Bateman's Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Date: March 1999
Reel: Shimano Tiagra 8
Method: Trolling a Top Gun Awesome high-speed lure

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126-POUND, 6-OUNCE COBIA, 30-POUND LINE CLASS

126-POUND, 6-OUNCE COBIA, 30-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Cindy Knight
Location: Destin, Florida
Date: April 2000
Reel: Penn Spinfisher
Method: Sight-casting a live eel

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109-POUND, 5-OUNCE WHITE MARLIN, 16-POUND TIPPET CLASS

109-POUND, 5-OUNCE WHITE MARLIN, 16-POUND TIPPET CLASS

Angler: Jodi Pate
Location: Mahammedia, Morocco
Date: September 1999
Reel: Billy Pate Marlin
Method: Casting a Kate Howes Profiler fly

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93 1/2-POUND BLACK GROUPER, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

93 1/2-POUND BLACK GROUPER, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Amy Sharma
Location: Gulf of Mexico (further details unavailable)
Date: July 2009
Reel: Daiwa Sealine
Method: Bottomfishing a dead sardine/mackerel combo

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1,073-POUND ATLANTIC BLUE MARLIN, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

1,073-POUND ATLANTIC BLUE MARLIN, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Annette Lopez
Location: North Drop, U.S. Virgin Islands
Date: July 1982
Reel: Fin-Nor 9/0
Method: Trolling a mackerel

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157-POUND, 10-OUNCE DOGTOOTH TUNA, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

157-POUND, 10-OUNCE DOGTOOTH TUNA, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Maddalena Martinengo
Location: Latham Island, Tanzania
Date: February 2003
Reel: Shimano Tiagra 50W
Method: Trolling an Ilander Seastar

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153 1/2-POUND WAHOO, 50-POUND LINE CLASS

153 1/2-POUND WAHOO, 50-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Gabrielle Knapp
Location: San Salvador, The Bahamas
Date: March 1996
Reel: Penn International 50
Method: Trolling ballyhoo

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423-POUND, 4-OUNCE STRIPED MARLIN, 50-POUND LINE CLASS

423-POUND, 4-OUNCE STRIPED MARLIN, 50-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Robyn Hall
Location: Whangamumu, New Zealand
Date: June 1983
Reel: Penn International 80
Method: Trolling a lure (no additional details available)

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53-POUND LINGCOD, 6-POUND LINE CLASS

53-POUND LINGCOD, 6-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Ruth Stoky
Location: Kodiak Island, Alaska
Date: September 1995
Reel: Shimano TLD 5
Method: Jigging a 2-ounce Leader jig

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49 1/2-POUND BLACKTIP SHARK, 6-POUND LINE CLASS

49 1/2-POUND BLACKTIP SHARK, 6-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Rebecca Wright
Location: Crane Key, Florida
Date: October 2007
Reel: Shimano Method: Still-fishing cut bait

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998-POUND BLACK MARLIN, 20-POUND LINE CLASS

998-POUND BLACK MARLIN, 20-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Kay Mulholland
Location: Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia
Date: October 1982
Reel: Penn International 30
Method: Trolling a scad

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36-POUND, 12-OUNCE RED DRUM, 2-POUND LINE CLASS

36-POUND, 12-OUNCE RED DRUM, 2-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Elizabeth Hogan
Location: Ocracoke, North Carolina
Date: November 1995
Reel: Shimano TLD 20
Method: Still-fishing cut mullet

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102-POUND PACIFIC SAILFISH, 2-POUND LINE CLASS

102-POUND PACIFIC SAILFISH, 2-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Deborah Dunaway
Location: Piñas Bay, Panama
Date: July 1992
Reel: Shimano TLD 15
Method: Trolling a ballyhoo

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314-POUND YELLOWFIN TUNA, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

314-POUND YELLOWFIN TUNA, 130-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Candace Meyer
Location: Ada-Foah, Ghana
Date: May 2003
Reel: Shimano Tiagra 80
Method: Trolling a Wellsys high-speed lure

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42-POUND JACK CREVALLE, 20-POUND LINE CLASS

42-POUND JACK CREVALLE, 20-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Marilyn Mattson
Location: Colorado River, Costa Rica
Date: October 1978
Reel: Garcia 6500C
Method: Casting a MirrOlure

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209-POUND, 6-OUNCE STRIPED MARLIN, 4-POUND LINE CLASS

209-POUND, 6-OUNCE STRIPED MARLIN, 4-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Eryn Jacobsen
Location: Three Kings, New Zealand
Date: March 2009
Reel: Shimano Tyrnos
Method: Not listed

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46-POUND, 12-OUNCE STRIPED BASS, 6-POUND LINE CLASS

46-POUND, 12-OUNCE STRIPED BASS, 6-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Emme Golinski
Location: Fisher's Island, New York
Date: September 1995
Reel: Unknown
Method: Still-fishing a live menhaden

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803-POUND WHITE SHARK, 30-POUND LINE CLASS

803-POUND WHITE SHARK, 30-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Mrs. Robert Dyer
Location: Cape Moreton, Queensland, Australia
Date: July 1957
Reel: Fin-Nor
Method: Drifting a mackerel tuna
Comments: White sharks are now protected and may not be kept.

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103-POUND, 9-OUNCE SOUTHERN YELLOWTAIL, 50-POUND LINE CLASS

103-POUND, 9-OUNCE SOUTHERN YELLOWTAIL, 50-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Shirley Ruane
Location: Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Date: February 1991
Reel: Penn 50
Method: Trolling a blue mackerel

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772-POUND SWORDFISH, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

772-POUND SWORDFISH, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: L. Marron
Location: Iquique, Chile
Date: June 1954
Reel: Fin-Nor 12/0
Method: Trollng a bonito

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64-POUND, 13-OUNCE NARROWBARRED MACKEREL, 8-POUND LINE CLASS

64-POUND, 13-OUNCE NARROWBARRED MACKEREL, 8-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Janette Shuttleworth
Location: Mackay, Queensland, Australia
Date: September 1986
Reel: Shimano TLD 5
Method: Fishing a barracuda

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134-POUND, 3-OUNCE TARPON, 4-POUND LINE CLASS

134-POUND, 3-OUNCE TARPON, 4-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Elizabeth Hogan
Location: Marathon, Florida Keys
Date: April 1996
Reel: Shimano TLD 15
Method: Fishing a live mullet

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97-POUND, 4-OUNCE WHITE MARLIN, 4-POUND LINE CLASS

97-POUND, 4-OUNCE WHITE MARLIN, 4-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Susan Goodwin
Location: Nantucket, Massachusetts
Date: September 1986
Reel: Shakespeare Sigma 30
Method: Casting a scup

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75-POUND ALBACORE, 20-POUND LINE CLASS

75-POUND ALBACORE, 20-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Frances Kennedy
Location: Catalina Channel, California
Date: November 1984
Reel: Penn Squidder 140
Method: Casting a sardine

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81-POUND, 12-OUNCE ATLANTIC COD, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

81-POUND, 12-OUNCE ATLANTIC COD, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Sophie Karwa
Location: Middlebank, Massachusetts
Date: September 1970
Reel: Penn 66
Method: Still-fishing clams

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907-POUND, 6-OUNCE PACIFIC BLUEFIN TUNA, ALL-TACKLE RECORD

907-POUND, 6-OUNCE PACIFIC BLUEFIN TUNA, ALL-TACKLE RECORD

Angler: Donna Pascoe
Location: Three Kings, New Zealand
Date: February 2014
Reel: Shimano
Method: Fishing a live skipjack tuna

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54-POUND COBIA, 4-POUND LINE CLASS

54-POUND COBIA, 4-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Eileen Peacock
Location: Key West, Florida
Date: December 1984
Reel: Daiwa BG 13
Method: Casting bait (additional information not availalble)

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44-POUND, 4-OUNCE DOLPHINFISH (MAHI), 2-POUND LINE CLASS

44-POUND, 4-OUNCE DOLPHINFISH (MAHI), 2-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Sherrell Carter
Location: Piñas Bay, Panama
Date: August 2012
Reel: Shimano TLD 20
Method: Fishing a ballyhoo

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78-POUND, 4-OUNCE KING MACKEREL, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

78-POUND, 4-OUNCE KING MACKEREL, 80-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Debra Sebastian
Location: Grand Isle, Louisiana
Date: November 1981
Reel: Penn Senator 4/0
Method: Drift-fishing a seatrout

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445-POUND BLACK MARLIN, 16-POUND LINE CLASS

445-POUND BLACK MARLIN, 16-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Elizabeth Hogan
Location: Piñas Bay, Panama
Date: March 1995
Reel: Shimano TLD 30
Method: Live-baiting with a black skipjack

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77-POUND, 2-OUNCE GIANT TREVALLY, 12-POUND LINE CLASS

77-POUND, 2-OUNCE GIANT TREVALLY, 12-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Esme Henderson
Location: Seymour River Estuary, Queensland, Australia Date: June 1996
Reel: Shimano Chronarch Method: Casting a deep-diving Lucinda lure

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91-POUND, 12-OUNCE PACIFIC SAILFISH, 6-POUND TIPPET CLASS

91-POUND, 12-OUNCE PACIFIC SAILFISH, 6-POUND TIPPET CLASS

Angler: Stacey G. Parkerson
Location: Golfito, Costa Rica
Date: April 2006
Reel: Abel
Method: Casting a fly (fly unspecified)

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97-POUND, 7-OUNCE MAKO SHARK, 2-POUND LINE CLASS

97-POUND, 7-OUNCE MAKO SHARK, 2-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Oksana Kahlenberg
Location: Opotiki, New Zealand
Date: January 2013
Reel: Shimano
Method: Bait fishing an albacore

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82-POUND WAHOO, 12-POUND LINE CLASS

82-POUND WAHOO, 12-POUND LINE CLASS

Angler: Christine Currie
Location: Port Canaveral, Florida
Date: January 1989
Reel: Shakespeare Sigma
Method: Casting a homemade Nylon jig

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