Kayak Fishing World Records

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Guidelines:

  • Only legal catches will be considered.
  • Kayakfishing.com publishes all but a fraction of the record submissions we receive.
  • A world apart from the IGFA, Kayakfishing.com aspires to publish an honest, “all tackle” record of the heaviest fish landed by kayak.
  • Include a short or detailed paragraph or 2 describing the catch
  • For fast help with a record submission, contact us anytime at 1-818-970-2392.
  • Estimated weights do not qualify.
  • Fish with a ruler or tape in the photo, measured tip to tail and girth around widest part of fish, will be considered in lieu of a weighed submission for the same species.
  • Weights from trade scales (supermarket, landfill station, sportfishing landing) qualify ahead of submissions from personal digital and spring scales.
  • Rod and reel and handline catches will be considered. Fish handled by one angler qualify ahead of”assisted catches”.
  • Fish must be landed on a single hull, non-motorized kayak.  Fish hooked under kayak sail qualify for submission.
  • 170# Dogtooth Tuna

    Raf Vargas, age 45 Yigo, Guam (originally from Levittown, Puerto Rico) Dogtooth Tuna 170 lbs, 70.5 inches.  Weighed and witnessed at the local Fisherman's Coop. Landed on Wednesday 5 December 2018 Edited Angler Account: The fish [...]

  • 45# Pacific Cubera Snapper

    Also known as the Pacific Dog Snapper, this is the largest snapper specie in the Pacific. Landed by Gregory "Miles" Panto on April 16, 2018 Location-Sea of Cortez, just north of Los Barilles, Baja California Sur, [...]

  • 58# Striped Bass

    Jordan Isaacs Forsyth, Missouri 58# Striped Bass, weighed at the local trout hatchery. June 22, 2018 Angler Account-   I was fishing the night of June 22nd on Bull Shoals Lake with Eric Perryman.  Best friends, [...]

  • 46.1 lbs – Halibut – Julia Benak

    Julia Benak-California Halibut – 46.1 lbs Feb 26th, 2006 Doheny Beach Official Women’s 16lb line class record.

  • 256# Common Thresher Shark

    This shark was landed around 2000 off the beach in Malibu and we haven't had a report of one bigger. Editor's note: Taking no more than the angler's word, Kayakfishing.com did not verify this early [...]

  • 41″ Snook – Vivian Oliva

    Vivian Oliva, Miami Florida. 41″ snook. June 30th, 2001 Fishing the outgoing tide at one of the exits from shallow Chokoloskee Bay, there was a lot of baitfish action. I started trolling with a 1/4 [...]

  • 50 pound California halibut – Jeff “Rhino” Krieger

    Jeff “Rhino” Krieger, inventor of the Rhynobar, landed a 50 pound California halibut at the Los Angeles/ Ventura County line in 60 feet of water. Rhino used a bucktail jig on 15# test line. “I [...]

  • Spotfin Croaker 7 Pounds, 26 Inches

    Spotfin Croaker 7 Pounds, 26 Inches-12# test Shimano Corsair Reel, Abu Garcia Rod Jerry Giberti- Alhambra, California- July 4th, 2004 “….a full blown Dana Point (California) Fourth of July was underway. The bite (in the [...]

  • Tandem Caught Halibut – 53.8 LBS

    “TANDEM RECORD CALIFORNIA HALIBUT-MONTY MOCK, KEITH JOHNSON” 53.8 LBS JULY 5TH 2002 – “CAMPING AT SAN ELIJO STATE BEACH CALIFORNIA, NEAR CARDIFF REEF, MY FRIEND KEITH JOHNSON AND I (MONTY MOCK-CYPRUS,CALIFORNIA) WENT FISHING JUST BEYOND [...]

  • Estimated 130#Tarpon – Dave Robinson

    Dave Robinson-Sarasotta Florida, Estimated 130#Tarpon “The fish in the above picture was caught with my “back up” rig and took quite a bit longer. This rig was really just one I use on the flats [...]

  • 29# Baqueta – “Anacapa Bob” Kirk

    29# Baqueta- Also called “gulf coney” and “red grouper”. October 2004 launching off the beach, guided by Spike on the Sea of Cortez. Fishing deep for tuna, “Anacapa Bob” Kirk from Newbury Park, California landed [...]

  • White Sea Bass Line Class Record – Derwin Chang

    Derwin Chang of San Diego landed this 65.5# WSB w/ 15# P-Line on May 16. 2009. Thanks to Sonny Carig for the submission. “I was fishing the Barber Poles about a mile and a half [...]

  • 75 LB White Sea Bass Record – Dennis Spike

    Dennis Spike with a kayak fishing record 75# white sea bass landed in early May 2000. The big croaker was 2″ shy of 5 feet with a 32″ girth and taken a few hundred yards [...]

  • 52 lbs. 8 oz. – Yellow Tail

    Landed by: Arne Rovell of Escondido, California I launched at around 4:45 am so I could make bait at Scripps Pier and then head back across the canyon. I picked up a handful of greenbacks [...]

  • 42# Amberjack – Hal Kirman

    Date: August 4, 2006 Landed by: Hal Kirman, Seal Beach California. In Hal’s words…”It was our second day of kayak fishing the East Cape of Cabo. I was reflecting over our first day, catching dorado [...]

  • 58.5 lb Wahoo (Ono) – Gareth Uyeda

    Date – Saturday, May 17, 2008 Angler – Gareth Uyeda Rod – Ugly Stik Reel – Penn 9500ss Main Line – 40# Power Pro Spectra Leader – 90# American Fishing Wire Surflon “My brother (Gareth) [...]

  • 42.6 LB Tombo – Hawaiian Albacore

    42.6# Tombo-Hawaiian Albacore Date: Landed December 17, 2008 by Matt Reed “Been living in Hawaii since 1996. Fish was caught on rod and reel with 65# test line at ten in the morning off the [...]

  • 74 lb Wahoo – Andy Cho

    Date: July 30, 2008 Angler: Andy Cho Location: Big Island, Hawaii “Our friend Andy Cho caught this 74 lb beauty along with a bunch of other very impressive fish on his way to becoming the [...]

  • 34# Uku (grey snapper)

    Landed April 12, 2009 by Warren Reaves from Keauhou, Hawaii on a conventional reel w/ 50# Power Pro. The fish hit at 33 fathoms. Warren’s snapper was 5# off the Hawaii State record and beat [...]

  • Bacota Shark 120kg

    120kg Bacota Shark (we believe this is a Blacktip Reef Shark) December 2012 Team Record Mar Del Plata, Argentina Expert fishermen Fabian Mateos, Leo Avalos and Fabian Castellan worked as a group to land this [...]

  • Record Spotted Sea Trout

    Caught by: Justin Hanby from Jacksonville, FL Caught in Saint Augustine, FL on 04-06-2013 at 11:00 am Lure used was DOA C.A.L. Shad (4″ fiji chicken) on Strike King red 1/8 oz jig head Kayak [...]

  • Record Amberjack

    In June of 2013, in Corigliano Calibro, Italy, Gianluka Zammuto caught a 44Kg (96.8 lbs) amberjack on his kayak. Fishing with a rod and reel using a live cuttlefish for bait. Fish was weighed on [...]

  • Pacific Halibut Record

    Editor's note: This weight is estimated and the landing was assisted.  A fish came to scale in Washington in 2016 reported at 124# and we are pursuing that listing. Troy Button, Alaska-Pacific Halibut On the [...]