Catching a large Black Marlin is near the top of my bucket list along with a grander Bluefin Tuna and a Shortbill Spearfish in Hawaii. That last one’s mostly because of the rarity of the catch, they don’t get all that big compared to other billfish like Black Marlinfi.
The IGFA fishing world record for the largest Black Marlin ever caught was a 1,560-pound fish caught in Cabo Blanco, Peru in 1953. That fish measured 14-feet-6-inches long and an astounding 6-feet-9-inches in girth. This species can grow to ENORMOUS sizes as we see below.
Jarryd Craven was fishing out of the Tauranga Sport Fishing Club in New Zealand when he hooked the fish around 5pm. The fight lasted a grueling two hours and then he had to somehow get this monster fish into the boat and then back to the docks which took him until around midnight.
Once he got it to the scales, the Black Marlin weighed 957-pounds (434.5kg), which Tauranga Sport Fishing Club fishing record and the…