28 Greatest World-Record Catches by Small-Fry Anglers

These trophy catches would be impressive if made by full-grown fishermen, let alone by youngsters, none of whom at the time of their catch was more than 10 years old

World-record small-fry catches
Many small-fry IGFA world-record fish are larger than the anglers who caught them.Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

*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).

IGFA length record bonefish
More and more anglers are choosing the option of entering their potential IGFA record catches in length categories, taking quick measurements and a photo, to release their trophies alive.Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

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.

62-POUND, 6-OUNCE ALBACORE

World-record small-fry catch - ALBACORE
Angler: Tom de Kock (South Africa)
Age: not listed
Location: Hout Bay, South Africa
Date: March 1997
Reel: Shimano
Method: Trolling Rapala Magnum
Fight time: 5 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

52-POUND, 14-OUNCE GUINEAN BARRACUDA

World-record small-fry catch - Guinean barracuda
Angler: Alex Nicolson (Woodgreen, United Kingdom)
Age: 10
Location: Mancha Branca, Angola
Date: June 2003
Reel: Shimano TLD15
Method: Trolling Rapala Magnum CD18
Fight time: 15 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

50-POUND, 9-OUNCE STRIPED BASS

World-record small-fry catch - striped bass
Angler: Jake Garren (Elliston, Virginia)
Age: 9
Location: Kiptopeake State Park, Virginia
Date: November 2008
Reel: Shimano TLD20
Method: Bait fishing an eel
Fight time: 3 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

15-POUND, 8-OUNCE BONEFISH

World-record small-fry catch - bonefish
Angler: Alexandra Beuckman (Boca Raton, Florida)
Age: not listed
Location: Islamorada, Florida
Date: May 1997
Reel: Shimano 3500
Method: Live shrimp
Fight time: 20 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

55-POUND DOLPHIN (dolphinfish, mahimahi, dorado)

World-record small-fry catch - dolphinfish (mahi)
Angler: Thomas A. Hollihan (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
Age: 6
Location: Salinas, Ecuador
Date: February 2001
Reel: Penn
Method: Trolling a Bart Miller lure
Fight time: 46 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

80-POUND BLACK DRUM

World-record small-fry catch - black drum
Angler: Kevin Breen (Logan Township, New Jersey)
Age: 10
Location: Delaware Bay, New Jersey
Date: April 2002
Reel: Shimano Calcutta 700S
Method: Bottomfishing a surf clam
Fight time: 30 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

50-POUND, 4-OUNCE RED DRUM

World-record small-fry catch - red drum
Angler: Kristen Dize (Onancock, Virginia)
Age: 10
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Date: September 2001
Reel: Penn 320GTI
Method: Bait fishing a croaker
Fight time: 20 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

55-POUND BROOMTAIL GROUPER

World-record small-fry catch - broomtail grouper
Angler: Jaime Alfonso Nebot (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
Age: 8
Location: Isla del Muerto, Ecuador
Date: January 2012
Reel: Avet
Method: Trolling a MirrOlure
Fight time: 20 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

79-POUND, 8-OUNCE ALMACO JACK

World-record small-fry catch - almaco jack
Angler: Jessica Harvey (Kingston, Jamaica)
Age: not listed
Location: Piñas Bay, Panama
Date: January 1999
Reel: Shimano Tiagra 50
Method: Live-baiting
Fight time: 25 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

35-POUND, 6-OUNCE JACK CREVALLE

World-record small-fry catch - JACK CREVALLE
Angler: Skyler Hunt (Hobe Sound, Florida)
Age: 9
Location: Palm Beach Inlet, Florida
Date: June 2010
Reel: FinNor 8500
Method: Bait fishing
Fight time: Less than a minute
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

52-POUND, 12-OUNCE LINGCOD

World-record small-fry catch - lingcod
Angler: Cody Thomas Mason (Anchorage, Alaska)
Age: 7
Location: Gulf of Alaska
Date: August 2010
Reel: Avet
Method: Jigging a Storm WildEye Shad
Fight time: 20 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

54-POUND KING MACKEREL

World-record small-fry catch - king mackerel
Angler: Jake Dudas (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Age: 7
Location: Bimini, Bahamas
Date: April 2004
Reel: Penn 750SS
Method: Live cigar minno
Fight time: 20 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

72-POUND, 15-OUNCE NARROWBARRED MACKEREL

World-record small-fry catch - narrowbarred Spanish mackerel
Angler: Emily Lockwood (Coffs Harbor, Australia)
Age: 9
Location: Coffs Harbor, Australia
Date: March 2008
Reel: Shimano TLD
Method: Trolling bait
Fight time: 32 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

565-POUND BLACK MARLIN

World-record small-fry catch - black marlin
Angler: Robbie Angus
Age: 10
Location: Ribbon Reef, Australia
Date: October 2005
Reel: Penn
Method: Trolling a scaly mackerel
Fight time: 10 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

496-POUND ATLANTIC BLUE MARLIN

World-record small-fry catch - blue marlin
Angler: William George Hawkeswood
Age: 10
Location: Canary Islands
Date: August 2008
Reel: Shimano
Method: Trolling an RPP Black Bart
Fight time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

500-POUND, 7-OUNCE PACIFIC BLUE MARLIN

World-record small-fry catch - Pacific blue marlin
Angler: Robbie Angus
Age: 10
Location: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Date: February 2005
Reel: Shimano Tiagra
Method: Trolling a Lumo lure
Fight time: 50 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

331-POUND, 12-OUNCE STRIPED MARLIN

World-record small-fry catch - striped marlin
Angler: Declan Loveridge (Clarks Beach, New Zealand)
Age: 8
Location: Cuvier Island, New Zealand
Date: February 2015
Reel: Penn
Method: Trolling a bronze Trogan Karma
Fight time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

76-POUND, 4-OUNCE WHITE MARLIN

World-record small-fry catch - white marlin
Angler: Noah Samuel Niz Horn (Lanzarote Islas, Canarias, Spain)
Age: 6
Location: La Entallada, Spain
Date: September 2007
Reel: Shimano
Method: Trolling Iland SeaStar
Fight time: 22 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

39-POUND, 4-OUNCE PERMIT

World-record small-fry catch - permit
Angler: Alex Strangways (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Age: 10
Location: Marathon, Florida
Date: April 2001
Reel: Shimano 2000LC
Method: Drifting a live crab
Fight time: 40 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

91-POUND 11-OUNCE ATLANTIC SAILFISH

World-record small-fry catch - Atlantic sailfish
Angler: Lydia Nicolson (Brombrough Wirral, United Kingdom)
Age: 9
Location: Luanda, Angola
Date: November 2007
Reel: Shimano Tiagra 20
Method: Trolling a ballyhoo
Fight time: 20 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

121-POUND, 4-OUNCE PACIFIC SAILFISH

World-record small-fry catch - Pacific sailfish
Angler: Joseph Going (Whangarei, New Zealand)
Age: 8
Location: Vava'u, Tonga
Date: October 2000
Reel: Duel 6/0
Method: Trolling a broadbill bonito lure
Fight time:45 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

54-POUND, 13-OUNCE WHITE SEABASS

World-record small-fry catch - white seabass
Angler: Gavin Simmons (Encinitas, California)
Age: 8
Location: Pt. Mesquite, Mexico
Date: July 2009
Reel: Shimano TR2000LD
Method: Squid
Fight time: 15 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

476-POUND, 3-OUNCE MAKO SHARK

World-record small-fry catch - mako shark
Angler: Mark Brancourt (Sydney, Australia)
Age: 10
Location: Botany Bay, Australia
Date: January 2005
Reel: Shimano
Method: Drifting a mullet
Fight time: 45 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

333-POUND, 12-OUNCE THRESHER SHARK

World-record small-fry catch - thresher shark
Angler: Reece Cokun (Holsworthy, NSW, Australia)
Age: 10
Location: Brown's Mountain, Australia
Date: August 2014
Reel: Shimano
Method: Drifting a mullet
Fight time: 2 hours
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

62-POUND PACIFIC CUBERA SNAPPER

World-record small-fry catch - cubera snapper
Angler: Sam Schechter (North Miami Beach, Florida)
Age: not listed
Location: Dry Tortugas, Florida
Date: June 2005
Reel: Shimano
Method: Trolling a bonito
Fight time: 30 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

158-POUND, 1-OUNCE TARPON

World-record small-fry catch - tarpon
Angler: Hunter David Schouest (Houma, Louisiana)
Age: 9
Location: Grand Isle, Louisiana
Date: August 2014
Reel: Penn International
Method: Trolling a Coon Pop
Fight time: 40 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

34-POUND, 8-OUNCE BLACKFIN TUNA

World-record small-fry catch - blackfin tuna
Angler: Michael Tyler Levy, Jr. (Lexington, Kentucky)
Age: 10
Location: Ocean Reef, Key Largo, Florida
Date: March 2009
Reel: Penn 750SS
Method: Trolling a ballyhoo
Fight time: 30 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

106-POUND, 8-OUNCE WAHOO

World-record small-fry catch - wahoo
Angler: Anthony Santorufo (Battleground, Washington)
Age: 9
Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Date: March 2000
Reel: Penn International 50
Method: Trolling a Pakula Mini Sprocket
Fight time: 10 minutes
Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org