marlin, blue (atlantic)
(Makaira nigricans)


Lacepede, 1802; ISTIOPHORIDAE FAMILY This pelagic and migratory species occurs in tropical and warm temperate oceanic waters. In the Atlantic Ocean it is found from 45°N to 35°S, and in the Pacific Ocean from 48°N to 48°S. It is less abundant in the eastern portions of both oceans. In the Indian Ocean it occurs around Ceylon, Mauritius, and off the east coast of Africa. In the northern Gulf of Mexico its movements seem to be associated with the so called Loop Current, an extension of the Caribbean Current. Seasonal concentrations occur in the southwest Atlantic (5°-30°S) from January to...Read More

All-Tackle World Records

Line ClassWeightLocationCatch DateAnglerRecord DetailsHistory Details
All-Tackle636 kg (1402 lb 2 oz)Vitoria, Brazil29-Feb-1992Paulo AmorimRecord DetailsHistory Details

Line Class World Records (Conventional Tackle)

Line ClassMin. Req'd WeightWeightLocationCatch DateAnglerRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-01 kg (2 lb)0.5 kg (1 lb 2 oz)VacantVacant VacantRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-02 kg (4 lb)259.91 kg (573 lb 0 oz)Horta, Faial, Azores, Portugal01-Aug-1995Leo CloostermansRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-03 kg (6 lb)161.93 kg (357 lb 0 oz)La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain04-Jun-2008Gary A. CarterRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-04 kg (8 lb)254.92 kg (562 lb 0 oz)La Gomera, Spain04-Jun-2002Stewart CampbellRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-06 kg (12 lb)273.97 kg (604 lb 0 oz)Horta, Faial, Azores, Portugal15-Aug-1992Leo CloostermansRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-08 kg (16 lb)371.94 kg (820 lb 0 oz)Grand Bereby, Ivory Coast09-Apr-1992Stewart CampbellRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-10 kg (20 lb)324.09 kg (714 lb 8 oz)Grand Bereby, Ivory Coast07-Apr-1990Stewart CampbellRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-10 kg (20 lb)366 kg (806 lb 15 oz)Calheta, Madeira adeira13-Aug-2018Gary A. CarterRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-15 kg (30 lb)395.53 kg (872 lb 0 oz)Madeira, Portugal29-Aug-1995Stewart CampbellRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-24 kg (50 lb)520 kg (1146 lb 6 oz)Horta, Faial, Azores, Portugal17-Sep-1988Lawrence H. FurmanRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-37 kg (80 lb)540 kg (1190 lb 7 oz)Azores Bank, Faial, Azores, Portugal09-Sep-1993Jacky DelbrelRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-60 kg (130 lb)636 kg (1402 lb 2 oz)Vitoria, Brazil29-Feb-1992Paulo AmorimRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-01 kg (2 lb)0.5 kg (1 lb 2 oz)VacantVacant VacantRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-02 kg (4 lb)1 kg (2 lb 4 oz)VacantVacant VacantRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-03 kg (6 lb)84.37 kg (186 lb 0 oz)Santo Antao, Cape Verde28-Jun-2009Eryn JacobsenRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-04 kg (8 lb)133.81 kg (295 lb 0 oz)North Drop, U.S. Virgin Islands07-Sep-1992Ms. Marg LoveRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-06 kg (12 lb)161.5 kg (356 lb 1 oz)Madeira, Portugal22-Jun-2017Sherrell CarterRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-08 kg (16 lb)241.8 kg (533 lb 1 oz)Condor Bank, Horta, Azores, Portugal26-Aug-2013Sherrell CarterRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-10 kg (20 lb)222.26 kg (490 lb 0 oz)Ghana, Ghana02-May-2005Candace MeyerRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-15 kg (30 lb)321.14 kg (708 lb 0 oz)Madeira, Portugal28-Jun-1996Mrs. Stewart CampbellRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-24 kg (50 lb)364 kg (802 lb 7 oz)Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain09-Aug-1986Ms. Ann HolmesRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-37 kg (80 lb)480.35 kg (1059 lb 0 oz)Madeira, Portugal23-Jul-1995Ms. Shelby RogersRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-60 kg (130 lb)591.93 kg (1305 lb 0 oz)Pilar Bay, Ascension Island27-Nov-2015Jada Van Mols HoltRecord DetailsHistory Details

Tippet Class World Records (Fly Tackle)

Line ClassMin. Req'd WeightWeightLocationCatch DateAnglerRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-01 kg (2 lb)0.5 kg (1 lb 2 oz)VacantVacant VacantRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-02 kg (4 lb)1 kg (2 lb 4 oz)VacantVacant VacantRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-03 kg (6 lb)1.5 kg (3 lb 5 oz)VacantVacant VacantRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-04 kg (8 lb)37.19 kg (82 lb 0 oz)Capcana, Dominican Republic28-Jul-2011Enrico CapozziRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-06 kg (12 lb)74.5 kg (164 lb 4 oz), Cape Verde01-May-2017Sahiaoui FouadRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-08 kg (16 lb)122.02 kg (269 lb 0 oz)Mindelo, Cape Verde05-May-2012Fouad SahiaouiRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-10 kg (20 lb)94.34 kg (208 lb 0 oz)La Guaira Banks, Venezuela20-May-1994Charlie TombrasRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-01 kg (2 lb)0.5 kg (1 lb 2 oz)VacantVacant VacantRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-02 kg (4 lb)1 kg (2 lb 4 oz)VacantVacant VacantRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-03 kg (6 lb)1.5 kg (3 lb 5 oz)VacantVacant VacantRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-04 kg (8 lb)2 kg (4 lb 7 oz)VacantVacant VacantRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-06 kg (12 lb)3 kg (6 lb 10 oz)VacantVacant VacantRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-08 kg (16 lb)68.49 kg (151 lb 0 oz)Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic04-Apr-2009Bonnie M. AndersonRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-10 kg (20 lb)78.35 kg (172 lb 11 oz)Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic27-Mar-2008Stacey G. ParkersonRecord DetailsHistory Details

Junior & Smallfry World Records

Line ClassMin. Req'd WeightWeightLocationCatch DateAnglerRecord DetailsHistory Details
F-Junior 249.02 kg (549 lb 0 oz)Ada Foah, Ghana, Ghana27-May-2003Ms. Jordan McCulloughRecord DetailsHistory Details
F-Smallfry 152.52 kg (336 lb 4 oz)North Bar, Bermuda15-Jul-2014Gillian Victoria RicksRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-Junior 403.7 kg (890 lb 0 oz)Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago05-Apr-2008Sean MendoncaRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-Smallfry 224.98 kg (496 lb 0 oz)La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain01-Aug-2008William G. HawkeswoodRecord DetailsHistory Details

* Indicates world records that were granted before the IGFA established minimum ratio requirements.