10 Top Places to Catch a World Record

These 10 places have produced impressive numbers of world-record catches, according to International Game Fish Association statistics.

Two anglers holding a world-record amberjack caught fishing
Can you guess where this all-tackle world-record greater amberjack was caught? In this gallery, you'll find out!Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

While you might hook a world-record fish nearly anywhere, check out these 10 places around the globe (listed alphabetically; not ranked) that International Game Fish Association statistics prove are among the most productive for setting fishing world records. There are, of course, a great many other destinations around the globe that have produced many world records. But these 10 score high in numbers of records, both because they offer great fishing and, generally, the infrastructure that attracts numbers of serious anglers.

ALASKA

Chinook salmon fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Chinook Salmon ( Oncorhynchus tshawytscha )

All-tackle
97 pounds, 4 ounces
Kenai River
May 1985
Les Anderson
Bait/lure: Spin-N-Glo
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org
Pacific halibut fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Pacific halibut ( Hippoglossus stenolepis )

All-tackle
459 pounds
Dutch Harbor (Aleutian Islands), Alaska
June 1996
Jack Tragis
Bait/lure: "Big ugly jig"
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

THE BAHAMAS

Bonefish fish IGFA world-record saltwater fishing

Bonefish ( Albula vulpes )

All-tackle 16 pounds
Bimini
February 1971
Jerry Lavenstein
Bait/lure: shrimp
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org
Scombrops fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Scombrops (Scombrops oculatus)

All-tackle
21 pounds, 12 ounces
Bimini, The Bahamas
July 1997
Doug Olander
Bait/lure: chunk of barracuda
(Note: Caught using manual — non-electric — gear from 2,000 feet)
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO

Pacific white snook fish IGFA world-record saltwater fishing

Pacific white snook ( Centropomus viridis )

All-tackle
47 pounds, 8 ounces
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, surf
July 2001
Vito Allessandro
Bait/lure: caballito (scad)
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org
Wahoo fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Wahoo ( Acanthocybium solandri )

All-tackle
184 pounds
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, offshore
July 2005
Sara Hayward
Bait/lure: Mean Joe Green
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

COSTA RICA

Pacific sailfish fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Pacific sailfish ( Istiophorus platypterus )

Women's 4-pound line-class
109 pounds, 12 ounces
Offshore of Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
January 1989
Deborah Dunaway
Bait/lure: bonito
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org
Colorado snapper fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Colorado snapper (Lutjanus colorado)

All-tackle
24 pounds, 1 ounce
Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
September 2004
Wilbur D. Forbes
Bait/lure: blue runner
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

JAPAN

Greater amberjack AJ fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Greater amberjack ( Seriola dumerili )

All-tackle
156 pounds, 13 ounces
Iki Island, Nagasaki, Japan
November 2010
Hideyuki Nemoto
Bait/lure: MC Works jig
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org
Madai red seabream fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Madai (red seabream) (Pagrus major)

All-tackle
24 pounds, 14 ounces
Awashima Island, Nigata, Japan
May 2005
Katsuhito Takeuchi
Bait/lure: metal jig
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

KEY WEST, THE FLORIDA KEYS

Mutton snapper fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Mutton snapper ( Lutjanus analis )

All-tackle
30 pounds, 4 ounces
Dry Tortugas, Key West
November 1998
Richard Casey
Bait/lure: not specified
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org
Greater amberjack fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Greater amberjack ( Seriola dumerili )

16-pound tippet
103 pounds, 12 ounces
Key West, The Florida Keys
January 1977
William J. Munro
Bait/lure: white streamer fly
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

NEW ZEALAND

Southern yellowtail fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Southern yellowtail ( Seriola lalandi )

All-tackle
114 pounds, 10 ounces
White Island, New Zealand
January 1987
David Lugton
Bait/lure: Zuker high-speed lure
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org
Striped marlin fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Striped marlin ( Tetrapturus audax )

All-tackle
494 pounds
Tutukaka, New Zealand
January 1986
Bill Boniface
Bait/lure: Kahawai
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

PIÑAS BAY, PANAMA

Dolphinfish mahimahi dorado fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Dolphinfish (mahi) ( Coryphaena hippurus )

Women's 2-pound line-class
44 pounds, 14 ounces
Piñas Bay, Panama
August 2009
Sherell Carter
Bait/lure: ballyoo
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org
Pacific cubera snapper fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Pacific cubera snapper ( Lutjanus novemfasciatus )

Smallfry, male
62 pounds
Piñas Bay
June 2005
Sam Schechter
Bait/lure: bonito
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

SENEGAL

African red snapper fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

African red snapper (Lutjannus agennes)

All-tackle
132 pounds, 4 ounces
Keur Saloum, Senegal
February 2001
Stephane Talavet
Bait/lure: not specified
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org
Atlantic sailfish fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Atlantic sailfish ( Istiophorus platypterus )

Women's 6-pound line-class
90 pounds, 13 ounces
Saly, Senegal
September 1995
Ms. Odile Robelin
Bait/lure: not specified
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

VIRGINIA

Snowy grouper fish IGFA world-record deep sea fishing

Snowy grouper (Epinephelus niveatus)

All-tackle
70 pounds, 7 ounces
Norfolk Canyon, Virginia
May 2011
Roger C. Burnley
Bait/lure: squid
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org
Black drum fish IGFA world-record saltwater fishing

Black drum ( Pogonias cromis )

Junior, male
105 pounds
Virginia Beach, Virginia
August 1997
Kevin Brown
Bait/lure: Bucktail
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org