5 largest fishes caught by human beings
Fisherman from around the world continue to keep their beer-weary eyes on the largest fish. Here is a list of world’s largest fishes ever caught.
Every sport fisherman dreams of catching largest fishes, a world-record maker that will get his or her name forever scribbled in the annals of fishing history.
Of course, most of us will never be able to understand this dream, and would instead be perfectly curious to set new record every couple of years. But there are many people who have lived this dream and who have landed monster fishes.
So here is a list of world’s largest fishes ever caught:
1. Bonus: White Sturgeon
The Fraser River is famous for being home to numerous bigger-than-average white sturgeon, but that did not stop this 1,100 pounder from shocking the people who eventually caught one in 2012.
2. Blue Catfish
This world record blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) was caught by a 47-year-old Missouri resident Greg Bernal at 1:30 A.M. on July 21, 2010. He caught the beast with rod and reel in the Missouri River. The beast was 57 inches long, 45 inches in girth, and a whopping 130 pounds.
3. Giant Trevally
Keiki Hamasaki of Kagoshima, Japan caught this 160 lb. 7 oz. giant trevally (Caranx ignoblis) not far from his home on May 22, 2006. Casting a lure from the shore on a 130-pound test line, it took him 35 minutes to trap the fish in.
4. Giant Tigerfish
The giant tigerfish (Hydrocynus goliath), found in rivers throughout central Africa, is famous and commonly known for its giant teeth. These teeths can take a chunk out from about anything, including human limbs, so fishing for such things can be quite hazardous to one’s health. The world record giant tigerfish, caught on rod and real, was landed on July 9, 1988 by Raymond Houtmans. It weighed a whopping 97 pounds.
5. Alligator Gar
The absolutely terrifying Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula) is generally found in the Southeastern portion of the United States, but they have been seen as far north as Illinois and as far south as Veracruz, Mexico. Historically despised because they feed on prized game fish like largemouth bass and because they are very scary, recently there has been a surge in “Gar hunting.” It was shot in Texas by John Paul Morris, the son of Bass Pro Shops CEO Johnny Morris. The beast measured 8’3” and weighed 230 pounds.