15 Biggest Fish Ever Caught by Hand

83 lb. 12 oz. White Seabass

*not the record breaking white seabass but 74.2 lb. one source


Caught by Lyal Baumgardner in 1953, this white seabass record is mighty old! People have come close to it, in 2016 a kayak fisherman caught one over 70 lbs. but it was not big enough to beat Lyal’s record. While drifting dead sardine, Lyal got the bight of a lifetime. It took him 38 min to reel in this fish while he was fishing in San Felipe, Baja California Sur, Mexico.