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10 Interesting Fishing Facts Sure to Astound You

Jay Gould of Hollywood, Florida landed this 5,500-pound manta ray in 1933. It may be the biggest fish ever hooked and landed. (Photo courtesy of Fishes and Fishing in Louisiana)
Jay Gould of Hollywood, Florida landed this 5,500-pound manta ray in 1933. It may be the biggest fish ever hooked and landed. (Photo courtesy of Fishes and Fishing in Louisiana)

The biggest, oldest, fastest, priciest and most amazing fishing history facts

Wherever anglers gather, there is likely to be talk about the extreme aspects of fishing. Someone will mention the biggest this or most expensive that, and suddenly the place is abuzz with discussion. Those with conflicting opinions may engage in light-hearted arguments, bets will probably be made, and sooner or later, someone will access the Internet from their smartphone to settle the dispute.

To motivate such lively discourses, I present the following tidbits about fish and fishing that are sure to nurture your knowledge of our favorite sport and allow you to amaze your fishing friends with the amount of trivia that clogs your brain. These fascinating facts may also provide some new benchmarks the hardier among you can try to achieve.

Biggest Record Fish

So you think that marlin you had mounted for the wall was big, huh? Well, it probably was for its species, but chances are good it wasn’t a third the size of the heaviest fish in the record books.

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