The Biggest Mahi-Mahi Ever Caught

Seven of the largest mahi-mahi ever caught and approved as IGFA all-tackle world records

May 9, 2013

The following are some the heaviest dolphin (a.k.a. mahimahi and dorado) ever caught and approved as IGFA All-Tackle World Records. You’ll find more info on other record mahi at the end of this gallery.

No. 7 – 73 Pounds, Cabo San Lucas

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On July 11, 1962, Barbara Jayne reeled in a giant 73-pound, 11-ounce dolphinfish off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. She caught the big dorado on 30-pound line. Courtesy IGFA /

No. 6 – 75 Pounds, Cabo San Lucas

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Betty Mehl caught this colossal dorado off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on November 30, 1997 for a 50-pound line-class record. Courtesy IGFA /

No. 5 – 76.5 Pounds, Florida

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On May 23, 1993, Rene Viau caught this fish off Lake Worth Inlet in Florida. Viau’s catch was a record in the 20-pound class. Courtesy IGFA /

No. 4 – 79 Pounds, Portugal

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Francois Collomb landed this monster off Saly, Portugal. It weighed 79 pounds, 5 ounces and was caught on 30-pound test. Courtesy IGFA /

No. 3 – 80 Pounds, Walker’s Cay

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Fishing off Walker’s Cay, North Abaco, Bahamas, Walter Quick battled this trophy to the boat for an 80-pound line-class record on November 26, 1989. Courtesy IGFA /

No. 2 – 82 Pounds, 2 ounces, Cabo San Lucas

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On August 16, 1993, Tera Allegri caught this record ladies 80-pound-class record out of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Courtesy IGFA /

No. 1 – 83 Pounds, 6 ounces, Mazatlán

This largest dolphin for which we were able to get a decent photo of is this enormous bull. Eugene Wooten caught the fish on April 24, 1972 off Mazatlán, Mexico. She was using, relatively light, 20–pound line. Courtesy IGFA /

Now visit for details on all of the largest dolphin ever caught, including those not included in this gallery for lack of a suitable photo. While you’re there, be sure to check our the IGFA’s 50-pound Trophy Dolphinfish Club.


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