From Sec­onds to Hours, a Look at a Few of the Fastest Fights and Most Pro­longed Bat­tles Re­sult­ing among World-Record Catches


“Fight­ing Time.”

That’s one of the blanks on the In­ter­na­tional Game Fish As­so­ci­a­tion’s record-ap­pli­ca­tion form that must be com­pleted when sub­mit­ting a catch for world-record con­sid­er­a­tion. While fore­most fac­tors are the species and line (or tip­pet) class, in some cases the time it took an an­gler to bring in a record fish can be of in­ter­est, hence this look at a few of the short­est and long­est fight times for gen­er­ally large fish. It should be noted that how­ever long the catch took (from hookup to grab­bing the leader at the boat), all of these records were ap­proved only af­ter the IGFA as­cer­tained that no an­gling rules were bro­ken in the cap­ture of a fish. Of­ten with the ap­pli­ca­tion form in the record folder are let­ters from the an­gler, crew and wit­nesses of­fer­ing ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or tes­ti­mony. That’s par­tic­u­larly true when catches are out­landishly quick. But most of those are made by an­glers out to set records, with a crew well-pre­pared to act quickly and de­ci­sively once a po­ten­tial-record fish is hooked. How­ever, some “in­stant catches” are more serendip­i­tous than cal­cu­lated, as was the case with the two-minute world-record tuna.

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