David Hannah holds the men's 50-pound line class world record for this massive thresher shark, officially weighing 767-pounds, 3-ounces. The catch was made in February, 1983 at the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
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New Zealand waters gave up this record 802-pound bigeye thresher shark to Dianne North in February, 1981. It was caught off the town of Tutukaka.
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Hard-fighting and common is the blacktip shark, and this 270-pound, 9-ouncer is the biggest on record. It was landed by Jurgen Oeder in September, 1984 off Malindi Bay, Kenya, Africa.
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Dusky sharks are common in many waters, but ones this size are rare. This 764-pounder is the largest ever caught, according to IGFA. It was taken out of Longboat Key, Florida in May, 1982 by Warren Girle.

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Greenland sharks aren’t as abundant or as notorious as some other species. But this 1,708-pound, 9-ounce giant deserves plenty of respect. It was caught by Terje Nordtvedt, in October, 1987, out of Trondheimsfjord, Norway.

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Bucky Dennis set the fishing world in a spin when he caught this massive great hammerhead shark at Boca Grande Pass, on Florida’s Gulf Coast during the May tarpon run. The 1,280-pound goliath was taken on 130-pound class tackle, and is the largest recorded for the species by IGFA. Incredibly, Dennis reports seeing other much larger hammerheads at Boca Grande.
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Gaye Harrison-Armstrong is dwarfed by this 533-pound, 8-ounce all-tackle world record narrowtooth shark. She caught it off Cape Karikari, New Zealand in January, 1993.
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Nurse sharks have the reputation of being docile, but one the size of this 263-pound, 12-ouncer would get anyone’s attention. Nic Jeter caught it in July, 2007 out of Port St. Joe, Florida, setting the IGFA all-tackle record for the species.
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The oddly-named porbeagle shark is a close relative of the mako, and is a hard-fighting, jumping shark that’s also tops on a dinner plate. It’s a good bet that angler Christopher Bennett had his hands full when catching this IGFA all-tackle record out of Caithness, Scotland in March, 1993. It weighed 507-pounds.
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This all-tackle IGFA world record salmon shark looks a lot larger than its 365-pound weight. But that’s still about twice the size of angler Thomas Farmer, who caught it off Valdez, Alaska in August, 2005.
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Australia is well known for yielding gargantuan fish, like this 762-pound, 12-ounce silky shark, caught by Bryce Henderson in February, 1994. It was taken out of Port Stephens.
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Billy Furnish went to Malindi, Kenya, Africa to boat this 398-pound, 2-ounce silvertip shark. It’s the biggest on record at IGFA, more than twice the size of the angler. It was taken in September, 2001.

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The sixgilled shark is not only rather rare, but gets rather huge, as this record 1,298-pound specimen proves. It was caught by Clemens Rump in November, 2002 off Ascension Island, in the South Atlantic Ocean.
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David Hannah holds the men’s 50-pound line class world record for this massive thresher shark, officially weighing 767-pounds, 3-ounces. The catch was made in February, 1983 at the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

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This nearly one-ton tiger shark is twice as long as angler Kevin Clapson is tall. The catch was made in March, 2004 near Ulladulla, Australia, setting the all-tackle record mark, and the 80-pound line class IGFA record, too. Its official weight was 1,785 pounds, 11 ounces.

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Few IGFA all-tackle world records are more famous than this one of an over one-ton white shark. Caught out of Ceduna, South Australia by Alfred Dean in April, 1959, this behemoth weighed an incredible 2,664 pounds. It was subdued on 130-pound class tackle. For more photos go to igfa.org

It’s summer time to think about the sun, beach, fishing, and sharks.

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