*This is the third gallery in our series of “greatest catches,” following 50 Greatest Women’s World-Record Catches and 40 Greatest World-Record Catches by Junior Anglers.
Below, we share some of the top world records in the International Game Fish Association‘s small-fry-angler category. This category stipulates that anglers be no older than 10 (and of course accomplish their catches while abiding by IGFA rules and ethics).
Many fine catches in addition to those listed here could be included, but we found these 28 (ordered by name of species) particularly impressive, as well as offering images good enough for us to share them (not always the case).
A major word of thanks to Jack Vitek at the IGFA for his above-and-beyond help in finding these photos in the association’s archives.
Finally, this 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 a rare exception in cases where legitimate world records are involved. But generally, we hope young anglers learn the satisfaction that comes from seeing a trophy fish swim away from the boat in great shape.