15 Biggest Fish Ever Caught by Hand

680 lb. Goliath Grouper

680 lb. Goliath Grouper


Known as a goliath grouper, or giant sea bass or jewfish, Lynn Joyner, of Fernandina Beach, FL is the king of grouper. The fish weighed 680 lbs. and was 7 ft., 1.5 in. in length. Its girth was 77 inches. I guess in 1961 they didn’t have a hoist to get the fish out of the water so they lassoed the fish and hoisted it from the water using a wrecker. The Container Corporation of America (or Rayonier) scale was used to weight the fish. This catch broke records on both all tackle and 80 lb. test. After an hour and 15 minutes of battle, Joyner’s catch went into the history books.