Fishing is a sport that allows people to challenge one another to who can catch the most fish, who can catch the largest, and who can catch one particular kind of fish first. It is a great way to relax alone or with friends. You can venture out and have a great time down by the lake or on your personal boat. There are charters that can take you out into the ocean where you can attempt to catch huge fish rather than the fish along the shoreline which may only be a few inches long. Every natural body of water in the world has fish in it. The thrill is discovering what size fish is going to be on the end of your line. With that, there are some who may question what the world’s largest fish ever reeled in with a pole may be, because anyone can catch a fish that is small. However, not everyone is able to reel in the biggest one.
For those who love to fish in freshwater, there is a river where one man reeled in a very large stingray. The stingray ended up taking a couple of hours to reel in and it did take several people taking turns at it. It weighed an amazing 800 pounds and spanned 14ft. If a stingray is not what you consider a fish though, you should also know that there was a catfish caught that weighed 660 pounds. According to who you ask, it is also considered the largest freshwater fish in the world.
In saltwater, is it any wonder that the largest fish to ever be reeled in, just happens to be a shark? There have been two caught that are amazingly large. One which was captured in 1986, ended up being a Great White that topped the scales at 3,427 pounds. Before this awe-inspiring catch, the previous record was set in 1956. It was another Great White Shark that weighed in at 2,664 pounds. Each of these fish took a lot of effort to reel in, but they made record books everywhere.
When it comes to fishing, you never know what you will catch on the end of your line. That is part of the thrill. Some people are lucky enough to catch an extreme sized fish and it makes for a definite day to remember.