We here at ParksByNature are enamored with trophy case catches and constantly find ourselves hoping that every tug on our line is the next big one—if our website didn’t clue you in to that, anyway. Here are five of our favorite trophy cases that may have made us stare with our mouth open for longer than we’d like to admit.
Blue Catfish by Greg Bernal and Janet Momphard
Greg Bernal and Janet Momphard trying to assemble their monster 130-pound blue catfish. [Image: http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/]
The couple in Missouri was about to give up and decided to castaway one last time around 1:30 a.m. on July 21st, 2010. Well it’s lucky that they did, because it resulted in them catching a world record-breaking 130-pound blue catfish! They beat the previous world record (also caught in Missouri) by a mere six pounds.
Alligator Gar by John Paul Morris
John Paul Morris smiling alongside his terrifying alligator gar. [Image: http://bigfishesoftheworld.blogspot.com/]
Not the largest alligator gar ever caught, but possibly the world record for an alligator gar caught by bow and arrow, this monster rang in at 8’3” and weighed 230-pounds. John Paul Morris is the son of Bass Pro Shops CEO, Johnny Morris, and has quite a few trophies catches and kills to brag about. He hooked this humungous, frightening fish in May 2009.
Largemouth Bass by John Perry
A photo finally surfaced of John Perry’s record setting largemouth bass. [Image: http://www.mrlurebox.com/]
John Perry created a world record that people spend their entire fishing careers trying to break: the 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass. This record was set on June 2, 1932, and Japanese angler Manabu Kurita tied it on July 2, 2009. Other than that, the record still stands.
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna by Ken Fraser
Ken Fraser posing next to his monsterous 1,496-pound Atlantic bluefin tuna. [Image: http://bigfishesoftheworld.blogspot.com/]
On October 26, 1979, Ken Fraser hooked a record-breaker in Nova Scotia, and it somehow only took him 45 minutes to reel it in. He caught a 1,496-pound Atlantic bluefin tuna that even ranks among one of the world’s biggest fish ever caught in general.
Stingray by Jeff Corwin
It took eight people to hold Jeff Corwin’s stingray so they could measure it by hand. [Image: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/]
Nature conservationist Jeff Corwin caught a 14-foot long, 8-foot wide, and 800-pound stingray on the Mae Klong River in Thailand in March 2015. The stingray took two hours to reel with assistance from multiple men, and was placed in a specially made pen where eight people helped measure it to calculate its weight (it was too large for a scale).