Kayak Fishing World Records

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  • 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 was hooked on a 500 gram jig. The bite happened while vertically jigging at 700+ feet and the fish bit the lure very close to the bottom. It took about 1 hour 50 minutes to get it to the kayak plus, another 10 to 15 minutes to figure out how to get it onboard.  I was fishing alone with my GoPro cameras rolling.

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, Mexico Hometown-Seattle, Washington Angler Account: “I hooked it in about 100 ft of water, jigging a candy bar over a rock face, north of Punta Pescadora.  The fish was weighed at Smokey’s in Los Barriles, just an hour and a half after getting it to the beach.  Smokey’s weighs the local catch for anglers, it came in at exactly 45 lbs.” Detailed account of the […]

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, we always fish together and got on the water around 7:30 pm.  I instantly hooked up with a smaller striper followed by two smallmouth, a walleye and 4 more stripers.  Around 10:30, I was casting and felt a bite. I set the hook and it was on using 20lb Godline on a medium heavy favorite rod with a Lew’s reel and a big Storm swimbait. I hooked […]

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 record and we would like to publish a new, verified record to replace it.  

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 oz cottee red head jig with a 4″ rootbeer Gotcha swirl tail grub. After about 100 yards, my kayak came to a halt and started going backwards. A flash of silver and it looked like a tarpon so I grabbed the rod and got a good hook set, at which point the fish started taking me around faster into open water. Then it decided to […]

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 have always had good luck fishing on family birthdays and this fish was no exception. I had to get permission from the birthday boy, my eldest son Ryan was enjoying his 6th birthday, October 2nd 1999. The party was later in the day so he wished me luck and said “catch me a big one dad”. I launched at the LA/Ventura county line and headed […]

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 harbor) was unrelenting! A combination of small barracuda and herring…..On the next drop, the pole suddenly turned into a ninety degree bendo, and I put my feet back in the yak. this fish began to haul my yak around the harbor, with spectators looking on as the battle continued…..After about fifteen minutes I finally got the fish high enough to see….. then down he went […]

Tandem Caught Halibut – 53.8 LBS


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 here and consisted of a St. Croix med action 10-20 lb rod with a Shimano Calcutta 250 reel spooled with 30 lb. Power Pro with an 80lb leader and baitbuster. This fish took 1 hour and forty minutes to bring yakside. Our best guess is that it weighed somewhere around 130lbs. We take great pains in resusitating the fish we catch and she swam off […]

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 this rare catch he hooked at about 200′ on a Megabait iron. As big as they get at 29#, these fish don’t come shallow and are not targeted by sport anglers. It didn’t take long for commercial and recreational take to effect the viability of all the world’s groupers. We strongly recommend anglers adopt a no-take policy on severly impacted species and release all you […]

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 outside of the Dana Point harbor with my fishing buddy Mike Graham Wwe were in 90′-100′ of water catching our share of nice size calico and sand bass. I was using my bass rod with 15# test P-Line, fishing the bottom, with a 6″ gulp grub on a 3/4oz. head, when all of a sudden the rod went big time bendo. The battle lasted for […]

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 off the first point on the south end of Broad Beach in Malibu.  “Falcon and I were following the squid, looking for white sea bass.  I threw a small Krocodile and was busted off on a 12 pound test outfit.  Today, I use a heavier outfit than that for making bait!  Flylining a giant live sardine on a 20 pound leader with 25 pound line, […]

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 at the pier and paddled back towards the point. Just before sun up I dropped a greenie down on a 3-way swivel with an 8 oz. torpedo and a 2/0 ringed gorilla hook on 40# mono. I didn’t have to wait long before my bait got hit hard. I let it run for a few seconds, set the hook, and I was on for a […]

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 and the great yellowfin tuna my son (David) caught, when my rod bent in two and my kayak took off. From there, it was a forty minute battle of give and take. Mostly take which ultimately resulted in a 42# kayak record amberjack. (Landed) on 30# test, this fish was the thrill of a lifetime.”

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) and I (Kevin) aka The Uyeda Brothers in Hawaii are tandem kayak fishermen. We call wahoo “ono” in Hawaii. The day started with BEAUTIFUL conditions for paddling, but NO real strikes for about 4 hours. Then, when we least expected it…big strike! The battle was on. At first he swam straight down and held, then a blistering run! After a long battle, we saw it…it […]

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 Kona Coast of the Big Island. The fight lasted around 15 minutes.”

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 2008 Aquahunters Makahiki Tournament Champion.” submitted by the Uyeda Brothers. From Steve Cho, “My little Brother Andy hooked that Wahoo on July 30, 2008. He was very fortunate to land this fish because he got it on a small mono leader while targeting tuna. It sizzled 450yards of line on its initial run before succumbing to a well placed gaff. The reel he hooked it […]

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 the last kayak record by 7#.

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 estimated 2.5 meter, 120 kg shark on the Argentina coast. “It was an event of extreme adrenaline, 40 minutes of emotion”. The shark was released in perfect condition. Mar del Plata Argentina, fue en el mes de diciembre 2012,un grupo de expertos pescadores lograron esta captura de un bacota de mas de 2,5m y 120kg, Fabian Mateos,Leo Avalos y Fabian Castellan. Fue una jornada de […]

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 used was 2010 Hobie Outback 7’1″ Calico Jack medium action rod Okuma Stratus 35 reel 30 lb FINS braid line I was fishing in Saint Augustine, Fl with my father (Steve Hanby) and friend (Lee Pashley) on 04-06-2013. It was very windy and rough so we put in several miles North of our usual spots and fished with the wind pushing us. After catching several […]

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 a hanging spring type scale witnessed by 54+ people. Name: Gianluca Zammuto Date of Birth: 27 December, 1988 (25yo) Hometown: Sellia Marina (CZ), Italy Date of Catch: June 21, 2013 Location of Catch: Corigliano Calabro, Italy Fish: Amberjack / 44.5Kg (97.9 lbs) Rod: Shimano Tiagra Lite Trolling (12-20lbs) Reel: Shimano Tyrnos (20 lbs)

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 evening of June 24th, 2014 some good friends Joe Larson, Josh Gilliland and I went fishing on Monashka Bay in Kodiak Alaska in our Scrambler XT Ocean Kayaks. Angler account- “We started the evening off chasing black rock bass with very little success and decided it was time to go after some big halibut. We moved out to about 300 ft of water and dropped […]