1,560 lb. Black Marlin
On August 4, 1953, Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. caught a 1,560 lb. black marlin off the coast of Cabo Blanco, Peru, on a handheld rod! You can view this photo at the Smithsonian Museum! This 14-foot-7-inch, 1,560 lb female Black Marlin (Istiompax indica) held the world’s largest marlin record for more than 60 years. What is more shocking is that in 1952, Glassell at that point caught a 1,090-pound ‘grander’ marlin only one year prior to this! Footage of this fight was later included in the film version of The Old Man and the Sea. Fun fact: You can view this photo at the Smithsonian Museum!