World’s Biggest King Mackerel

Photos of the world’s largest king mackerel catches recorded and approved by the IGFA.

King mackerel are one of the most widely targeted species in the western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Tactics vary from trolling deep-diving plugs nearshore to live-baiting speedos in hundreds of feet of water. Fish reaching upwards of 40 to 50 pounds are not unusual but never common, and catching one exceeding 60 pounds can sometimes lead to a world record.

Check out these world-record catches — all larger than 60 pounds — that show why these mackerel are truly kings!

All-Tackle — 93 pounds

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Men's 50# Line Class — 78 pounds, 12 ounces

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Men's 30# Line Class — 75 pounds

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TIED: Men's 30# Line Class — 75 pounds

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Men's 20# Line Class — 77 pounds

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Men's 16# Line Class — 71 pounds 4 ounces

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Men's 12# Line Class — 75 pounds

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Men's 8# Line Class — 63 pounds, 8 ounces

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Women's 80# Line Class — 78 pounds, 4 ounces

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Women's 50# Line Class — 78 pounds

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Women's 30# Line Class — 67 pounds, 5 ounces

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Women's 20# Line Class — 69 pounds, 8 ounces

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Juniors, Male — 68 pounds

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Junior, Female — 62 pounds

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