This is all about big fish. Many of these fish are sharks and billfish, as well as some other species, and you might think it's a shame they weren't released. But we have to keep in mind that a lot of these records are decades old, and these fish were caught during a time when there was less awareness and sensibility about releasing fish. Luckily today we prefer to photograph such fish at the boat and let them go.
Nonetheless we feel this collection of the biggest fish ever caught represents a valid — and eye-popping — part of sport fishing history. You'll come across popular game fish and perhaps the biggest hammerhead shark and bluefin tuna ever caught. Enjoy the photos!