Reel Big Fish: 4 Unbreakable Fishing Records

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The beauty of fishing is that every angler has a shot to score a world-record fish. His bait (and patience) could attract an all-timer, no matter his age or level of expertise. After all, records are made to be broken!

Except for these. The following four records are gonna be tough to beat.

Largemouth Legend

Some records—Joe DiMaggio’s hit streak (56 games). Cal Ripken Jr.’s consecutive games played streak (2,632), or the number of cake balls I ate during my birthday week (incalculable using modern methods)—may never be broken. George Perry’s 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass caught in Georgia’s Montgomery Lake belongs on that list.

In the 86 years since Perry’s massive catch, anglers around the world have been trying to break his record (a Japanese man came close in 2009). There’s even a plaque commemorating the event. Perhaps, and we make no guarantees here, but perhaps a homemade custom lure could help the fishing fanatic in your life reel in a plaque of his own?

Super (Striped) Bass

The Buffett of Striped Bass Fishermen” is a lofty a nickname. But for a man who owns four world records and struck a deal on Shark Tank, it’s probably warranted. His most jaw-dropping achievement (so far) came in 2011, when he broke a nearly 30-year-old record and snagged this 81.88 pound striper. Folks that’s a post player on a middle school basketball team.

If you know a bass beginner, he must first become a whisperer before he can grow into a Myerson-level maven. And all the fishing fame and fortune that comes with it.

What’s Up, Big Tuna?

It’s quite amazing how far we’ve come since the early days of photographs. In olden times, a man’s fishing story was only as good as his word. Now we have dramatic YouTube videos with professional production quality to chronicle the evidence.

This intrepid group of anglers ventured south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in 2011 in hopes of snagging a world record yellowfin tuna—and a million-dollar prize. Sure enough, they captured the saga of their 427-pounder in crystal clear HD. A big novelty check was not far behind.

Déline Delight

In 2016, a group of fishermen from the Deline First Nation brought in a would-be official world record lake trout from Great Bear Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories if not for one small detail: they used a net.

No less a fishing feat, in my view. If your back hurts after posing for photos, at the very least you deserve a commemorative medal for your efforts.

Here’s what the guide said about the size of these creatures:

The heads on these giant lake trout I’m blessed to chase as a guide never cease to blow my mind. Dinosaurs of the arctic.

We’re sure these guys would love our Troutdoorsman Crate, though we can’t promise the grill holder has the capacity for monsters like this one.