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What Tide Is It? is a website that provides an array of useful information for anyone who spends time on the water. Not only can you quickly obtain tide charts from one of the several thousand tide stations, but you can also get, information about tide heights and times, sunrise and sunset times, moonrise and moonset times, as well as moon phase details.

Hoping to break that World Record catch?  Well, you better know what those fishing records are if you are going to know whether you have broken one. 

Below you'll find the world records for most if not all recorded freshwater and saltwater fish.  Our Fishing World Records are official world record fish.  Keep these lunkers in mind the next time you land that monster that might put you in the record books. 

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African Pompano 50lbs 8oz Tom Sargent Daytona Beach, FL April 21, 1990
Albacore 88lbs 2oz Siegfried Dickemann Gran Canaria, Canary Islands November 19, 1977
Alligator Gar 279lbs Bill Valverde Rio Grande, TX December 2, 1951
Atlantic Bigeye Tuna 392lbs 6oz Dieter Vogel Gran Canaria, Puerto Rico July 25, 1997
Atlantic Blue Marlin 1402lbs 2oz Paulo R.A. Amorim Vitoria, Brazil February 29, 1992
Atlantic Bonito 18lbs 4oz D. Gama Higgs Faial Island, Azores July 8, 1953
Atlantic Cod 98lbs 12oz Alphonse Bielevich Isle of Shoals, NH June 8, 1969
Atlantic Halibut 255lbs 4oz Sonny Manley Gloucester, MA July 28, 1989
Atlantic Sailfish 141lbs 1oz Alfredo de Sousa Neves Luanda, Angola February 19, 1994
Almaco (Pacific) Jack 132lbs Howard H. Hahn La Paz, Baja Calif., Mexico July 21, 1964
American Eel 9lbs 4oz Jeff Pennick Cape May, NJ November 9, 1995
American Shad 11lbs 4oz Bob Thibodo Conn. River, S. Hadley, MA May 19, 1986
Apache Trout 5lbs 3oz John Baldwin White Mountain, AZ May 29, 1991
Arctic Char 32lbs 9oz Jeffery Ward Tree River, Canada July 30, 1981
Arctic Grayling 5lbs 15oz Jeanne P. Branson Katseyedie River, N.W.T. August 16, 1967
Atlantic Salmon 79lbs 2oz Henrik Henriksen Tana River, Norway 1928
Barramundi 63lbs 2oz Scott Barnsley Queensland, Australia April 28, 1991
Barred Sand Bass 13lbs 3oz Robert Halal Huntington Beach, CA August 29, 1988
Bigeye Thresher Shark 802lbs Dianne North Tutukaka, New Zealand February 8, 1981
Bigmouth Buffalo 70lbs 5oz Delbert Sisk Bussey Brake, Bastrop, LA April 21, 1980
Black Buffalo 55lbs 8oz Edward H. McLain Cherokee Lake, TN May 3, 1984
Black Bullhead 8lbs Kani Evans Lake Waccabuc, NY August 1, 1951
Black Crappie 4lbs 8oz L. Carl Herring Jr. Kerr Lake, VA March 1, 1981
Blue Catfish 111lbs William McKinley Wheeler's Reservoir, TN July 5, 1996
Black Drum 113lbs 1oz Gerald M. Townsend Lewes, DE September 15, 1975
Black Marlin 1560lbs A.C. Glassell Jr. Cabo Blanco, Peru August 4, 1953
Black Sea Bass 9lbs 8oz Joe Mizelle Jr. Virginia Beach, VA January 9, 1987
Black Sea Bass 9lbs 8oz Jack G. Stallings Jr. Virginia Beach, VA December 22, 1990
Blackfin Tuna 45lbs 8oz Sam J. Burnett Key West, FL May 4, 1996
Blue Runner 11lbs 2oz Stacey M. Moiren Dauphin Island, AL June 28, 1997
Blue Shark 454lbs Pete Bergin Martha's Vineyard, MA July 19, 1996
Bluefin Tuna 1496lbs Ken Fraser Aulds Cove, Nova Scotia October 26, 1979
Bluefish 31lbs 12oz James M. Hussey Hatteras, NC January 30, 1972
Bonefish 19lbs Brian W. Batchelor Zululand, South Africa May 26, 1962
Bluegill 4lbs 12oz T.S. Hudson Ketona Lake, AL April 9, 1950
Brook Trout 14lbs 8oz Dr. W.J. Cook Nipigon River, Ontario July, 1916
Bowfin 21lbs 8oz Robert L. Harmon Florence, SC January 29, 1980
Brown Bullhead 5lbs 11oz Robert Bengis Cedar Creek, FL March 28, 1995
Brown Trout 40lbs 4oz Rip Collins Little Red River, AR May 9, 1992
Bull Trout 32lbs N.L. Higgins Lake Pond Orielle, ID October 27, 1949
Burbot 18lbs 11oz Margit Agren Angenmanelren, Sweden October 22, 1996
Butterfly Peacock 10lbs 8oz Larry Larsen Raraima, Brazil March 21, 1994
Cabezon 23lbs Wesley Hunter Juan de Fuca Strait, WA August 4, 1990
California Halibut 53lbs 4oz Russell J. Harmon Santa Rosa Island, CA July 7, 1988
Carp 75lbs 11oz Leo van der Gugten Lac de St. Cassien, France May 21, 1987
Channel Catfish 58lbs W.B. Whaley Santee-Cooper Res., SC July 7, 1964
Chain Pickerel 9lbs 6oz Baxley McQuaig Jr. Homerville, GA February 17, 1961
Chinook Salmon 97lbs 4oz Les Anderson Kenai River, AK May 17, 1985
Chum Salmon 35lbs Todd Johansson Edye Pass, Brit. Columbia July 11, 1995
Coho Salmon 33lbs 4oz Jerry Lifton Salmon River, Pulaski, NY September 27, 1989
Crevalle Jack 57lbs 14oz Leon D. Richard Southwest Pass, LA August 15, 1997
Cobia 135lbs 9oz Peter W. Goulding Shark Bay, W. Australia July 9, 1985
Conger 133lbs 4oz Vic Evans South Devon, England June 5, 1995
Cubera Snapper 121lbs 8oz Mike Hebert Cameron, LA July 5, 1982
Cutthroat Trout 41lbs John Skimmerhorn Pyramid Lake, NV December, 1925
Dolly Varden 18lbs 9oz Richard B. Evans Mashutuk River, AK July 13, 1993
Dolphin 87lbs Manuel Salazar Papagallo Gulf, Costa Rica September 25, 1976
Dorado 51lbs 5oz Armando Giudice Corrientes, Argentina September 27, 1984
European Bass 20lbs 11oz Jean Baptiste Bayle Stes Maries de la Mer, France May 6, 1986
Flathead Catfish 91lbs 4oz Mike Rogers Lake Lewisville, TX March 28, 1982
Flatwhiskered Catfish 9lbs 4oz Cavour Pieranti Rio Paraquai, Brazil September 11, 1996
Florida Gar 21lbs 3oz Jeff Sabol Boca Raton, FL June 3, 1981
Freshwater Drum 54lbs 8oz Benny E. Hull Nickajack Lake, TN April 20, 1972
Giant Sea Bass 563lbs 8oz J.D. McAdam Jr. Anacapa Island, CA August 20, 1968
Giant Tigerfish 97lbs Raymond Houtmans Zaire River, Kinshasa, Zaire July 9, 1988
Gilded Catfish 85lbs 8oz Gilberto Fernandes Amazon River, Brazil November 15, 1986
Gizzard Shad 4lbs 6oz Mike Berg Lake Michigan, IN March 2, 1996
Golden Trout 11lbs Charles S. Reed Cooks Lake, WY August 5, 1948
Goldfish 6lbs 10oz Florentino M. Abena Lake Hodges, CA April 17, 1996
Grass Pickerel 1lbs Mike Berg Dewart Lake, IN June 9, 1990
Great Barracuda 85lbs John W. Helfrich Christmas Is., Rep. of Kiribati April 11, 1992
Great White Shark 2664lbs Alfred Dean Ceduna, S. Australia April 21, 1959
Greater Amberjack 155lbs 10oz Joseph Dawson Challenger Bank, Bermuda June 24, 1981
Greater Redhorse 9lbs 3oz Jason Wilson Salmon River, Pulaski, NY May 11, 1985
Greenland Shark 1708lbs 9oz Terje Nordtvedt Trondheimsfjord, Norway October 18, 1987
Guadalupe Bass 3lbs 11oz Allen Christenson Jr. Lake Travis, TX September 25, 1983
Haddock 14lbs 15oz Heike Neblinger Saltraumen, Germany August 15, 1997
Hammerhead Shark 991lbs Allen Ogle Sarasota, FL May 30, 1982
Horse-eye Jack 24lbs 8oz Tito Schnau Miami, FL December 20, 1982
Inconnu 53lbs Lawrence E. Hudnall Pah River, AK August 20, 1986
Jewfish 680lbs Lynn Joyner Fernandina Beach, FL May 20, 1961
Kawakawa 29lbs Ronald Nakamura Clarion Island, Mexico December 17, 1986
King Mackerel 90lbs Norton I. Thomton Key West, FL February 16, 1976
Kokanee 9lbs 6oz Norm Kuhn Okanagan Lake, British Columbia June 18, 1988
Lake Salmon 18lbs 4oz Steve Robinson Lake Tanganyika, Zambia December 1, 1987
Lake Sturgeon 168lbs Edward Paszkowski Georgian Bay, ON, Canada May 29, 1982
Lake Trout 72lbs Lloyd E. Bull Great Bear Lake, N.W.T. August 19, 1995
Lake Whitefish 14lbs 6oz Dennis M. Laycock Meaford, Ontario May 21, 1984
Largemouth Bass 22lbs 4oz George W. Perry Montgomery Lake, GA June 2, 1932
Lingcod 69lbs Murray M. Romer Langara Is., British Columbia June 16, 1992
Little Tunny 35lbs 2oz Jean Yves Chatard Cape de Garde, Algeria December 14, 1988
Longnose Gar 50lbs 5oz Townsend Miller Trinity River, TX July 30, 1954
Longtail Tuna 79lbs 2oz Tim Simpson Montague Is., NSW, Australia April 12, 1982
Marbled Eel 36lbs 1oz Ferdie van Nooten Durban, South Africa June 10, 1984
Mexican Barracuda 21lbs E. Greg Kent Phantom Island, Costa Rica March 27, 1987
Mediterranean Spearfish 90lbs 13oz Joseph Larkin Madeira Island, Portugal June 2, 1980
Mountain Whitefish 5lbs 8oz Randy G. Woo Elbow River, Alberta August 1, 1995
Muskellunge 67lbs 8oz Cal Johnson Hayward, WI July 24, 1949
Nile Perch 213lbs 8oz Adrian Brayshaw Lake Nasser, Egypt December 18, 1997
Northern Pike 55lbs 1oz Lothar Louis Lake of Grefeern, Germany October 16, 1986
Pacific Amberjack 104lbs Richard Cresswell Baja Calif., Mexico July 4, 1984
Pacific Bigeye Tuna 435lbs Dr. Russell Lee Cabo Blanco, Peru April 17, 1957
Pacific Blue Marlin 1376lbs Jay W. deBeaubien Kaaiwi Point, Kona, HI May 31, 1982
Pacific Bonito 14lbs 12oz Jerome H. Rilling San Benitos Is., Baja Calif. October 12, 1980
Pacific Cod 32lbs Donald Boston Unalaska Bay, AK June 29, 1997
Pacific Halibut 459lbs Jack Tragis Dutch Harbor, AK June 11, 1996
Pacific Sailfish 221lbs C.W. Stewart Santa Cruz Is., Ecuador February 12, 1947
Permit 56lbs 2oz Thomas Sebestyen Ft. Lauderdale, FL June 30, 1997
Pickhandle Barracuda 25lbs 5oz Demetrios Stamatis Scottburgh, South Africa July 3, 1996
Pink Salmon 13lbs 1oz Ray Higaki St. Mary's River, Ontario September 23, 1992
Pollack 27lbs 6oz Robert S. Milkins Salcombe, Devon, England January 16, 1986
Pollock 50lbs Thor-Magnus Ukang Salstraumen, Norway November 30, 1996
Porbeagle Shark 507lbs Christopher Bennet Pentland Firth, Scotland March 9, 1993
Rainbow Runner 37lbs 9oz Tom Pfleger Clarion Island, Mexico November 21, 1991
Rainbow Trout 42lbs 2oz David Robert White Bell Island, AK June 22, 1970
Red Drum 94lbs 2oz David G. Deuel Avon, NC November 7, 1984
Red Snapper 50lbs 4oz Capt. Doc Kennedy Gulf of Mexico, LA June 23, 1996
Redeye Bass 8lbs 12oz Carl W. Davis Apalachicola River, FL January 28, 1995
Redfin Pickerel 2lbs 4oz Edward C. Davis St. Pauls, NC June 27, 1997
Redtail Catfish 97lbs 7oz Gilberto Fernandes Amazon River, Brazil July 16, 1988
Roanoke Bass 1lbs 5oz Tom Elkins Nottoway River, VA November 11, 1991
Rock Bass 3lbs Peter Gulgin York River, Ontario August 1, 1974
Roosterfish 114lbs Abe Sackheim La Paz, Baja Calif., Mexico June 1, 1960
Round Whitefish 6lbs Allan J. Ristori Putahow River, Manitoba June 14, 1984
Sauger 8lbs 12oz Mike Fischer Lake Sakakawea, ND October 6, 1971
Shortfin Mako Shark 1115lbs Patrick Guillanton Black River, Mauritius November 16, 1988
Sharptoothed Catfish 79lbs 5oz Hennie Moller Orange River, S. Africa December 5, 1992
Shortnose Gar 5lbs 12oz Donna K. Willmart Rend Lake, Ill July 16, 1995
Silver Redhorse 11lbs 7oz Neal D.G. Long Plum Creek, WI May 29, 1985
Skipjack Tuna 45lbs 4oz Brian Evans Flathead Bank, Mexico November 16, 1996
Smallmouth Bass 10lbs 14oz John T. Gorman Dale Hollow, TN April 24, 1969
Smallmouth Buffalo 82lbs 3oz Randy Collins Athens Lake, TX June 6, 1993
Snook 53lbs 10oz Gilbert Ponzi Parismina Ranch, Costa Rica October 18, 1978
Sockeye Salmon 15lbs 3oz Stan Roach Kenai River, AK August 9, 1987
Southern Bluefin Tuna 348lbs 5oz Rex Wood Whakatane, New Zealand January 16, 1981
Southern Flounder 20lbs 9oz Larenza Mungin Nassau Sound, FL December 23, 1983
Spanish Mackerel 13lbs Robert Cranton Ocracoke Inlet, NC November 4, 1987
Speckled Peacock 27lbs Gerald (Doc) Lawson Rio Negro, Brazil December 4, 1994
Spotted Bass 9lbs 9oz Kirk Sakamoto Pine Flat Lake, CA October 12, 1996
Spotted Gar 9lbs 12oz Rick Rivard Lake Mevia, TX April 7, 1994
Spotted Seatrout 17lbs 7oz Craig F. Carson Ft. Pierce, FL May 11, 1995
Striped Bass (saltwater) 78lbs 8oz Albert R. McReynolds Atlantic City, NJ September 21, 1982
Striped Bass (landlocked) 67lbs 8oz Hank Ferguson O'Neill Forebay, San Luis, CA May 7, 1992
Striped Marlin 494lbs Bill Boniface Tutakaka, New Zealand January 16, 1986
Summer Flounder 22lbs 7oz Charles Nappi Montauk, NY September 15, 1975
Suwannee Bass 3lbs 14oz Ronnie Everett Suwannee River, FL March 2, 1985
Swordfish 1182lbs L. Marron Iquique, Chile May 7, 1953
Tarpon 283lbs 4oz Yvon Victor Sebag Sherbro ls., Sierra Leone April 16, 1991
Tautog 24lbs Gregory R. Bell Wachapreague, VA August 25, 1987
Tiger Muskellunge 51lbs 3oz John A. Knobla Lac Vieux-Desert, WI-MI July 16, 1919
Tiger Shark 1780lbs Walter Maxwell Cherry Grove, SC June 14, 1964
Tiger Trout 20lbs 13oz Peter M. Friedland Lake Michigan, WI August 12, 1978
Tilapia 6lbs 5oz Marvin C. Smith Lake Arsenal, Costa Rica February 10, 1995
Wahoo 158lbs 8oz Keith Winter Loreto, Baja Calif., Mexico June 10, 1996
Walleye 25lbs Mabry Harper Old Hickory Lake, TN August 2, 1960
Warmouth 2lbs 7oz Tony D. Dempsey Guess Lake, Holt, FL October 19, 1985
Warsaw Grouper 436lbs 12oz Steve Haeusler Gulf of Mexico, Destin, FL December 22, 1985
Weakfish 19lbs 2oz Dennis R. Rooney Jones Beach, Long Island, NY October 11, 1984
Weakfish 19lbs 2oz William E. Thomas Delaware Bay, DE May 20, 1989
White Bass 6lbs 13oz Ronald L. Sprouse Lake Orange, VA July 31, 1989
White Catfish 18lbs 14oz Jim Miller Inverness, FL September 21, 1991
White Crappie 5lbs 3oz Fred L. Bright Enid Dam, MS July 31, 1957
White Marlin 181lbs 14oz Evandro Luiz Coser Vitoria, Brazil December 8, 1979
White Perch 4lbs 12oz Mrs. Earl Small Messalonskee Lake, ME June 4, 1949
White Seabass 83lbs 12oz L.C. Baumgardner San Felipe, Mexico March 31, 1953
White Sturgeon 468lbs Joey Pallotta III Benicia, CA July 9, 1983
Whiterock Bass 27lbs 5oz Jerald C. Shaum Greers Ferry Lake, AR April 24, 1997
Yellow Bass 2lbs 4oz Donald L. Stalker Lake Monroe, IN March 27, 1977
Yellow Bullhead 4lbs 4oz Emily Williams Mormon Lake, AZ May 11, 1984
Yellow Hybrid Bass 2lbs 5oz George Edwards Kiamichi River, OK March 26, 1991
Yellow Perch 4lbs 3oz Dr. C.C. Abbot Bordentown, NJ May, 1865
Yellowfin Tuna 388lbs 12oz Curt Wiesenhutter San Benedicto Island, Mexico April 1, 1977
Zander 25lbs 2oz Harry Lee Tennison Trosa, Sweden June 12, 1986

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Pictures of any and all saltwater species are welcome here! Go ahead, show off your biggest or even puniest catch. All pictures can be voted upon as well as commented on. Have fun, share the love and see how well your catch compares to the rest. To add your photo simply click the "Add Content" link below.

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This gallery is for any and all freshwater species. Go ahead, show off your biggest or even puniest catch. All pictures can be voted upon as well as commented on. Have fun, share the love and see how well your catch compares to the rest.  To add your photo simply click the "Add Content" link at the bottom of this gallery.

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