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What’s the greatest game fish of all species in the entire world? Many anglers recognize the blue marlin as fishing’s greatest challenge and thrill, particularly when considering that behemoths weighing hundreds of pounds are far from rare.
Blue marlin are sought and caught in warm waters around the world. Often, enthusiasts hope for the ultimate catch: a grander (a blue marlin weighing at least 1,000 pounds). The IGFA maintains separate categories for Atlantic and Pacific all-tackle world records (though it’s one species). The world-record blue in the Atlantic: 1,402 pounds, 2 ounces, from Vitoria, Brazil, in 1992. From the Pacific: 1,376 pounds from Kona, Hawaii, in 1982.