We know there is an endless list of fishermen that would boast of being the best in the world. However, with meticulous research and investigation, we’ve compiled a list of the top fishermen of all-time from around the globe.
Renowned as an author and journalist, Hemingway earned his reputation as a fisherman, something he took up at the tender age of three. It was until he reached his 30’s that he ventured into deep sea fishing, spending lots of hours in the Florida Keys. While on the deck of “Pilar” Hemingway, he landed one of the biggest Marlins ever caught weighing approximately 533 kg. During the days he spent at the Caribbean, he managed to win every fishing contest organized on Key West, Havana, and Bimini. Later on, he was named Vice President of International Game Fish Association (IGFA), and through his works, Hemingway inspired large crowds about angling.
Pearl Zane Grey
An author who wrote novels and stories that depicted images of the American Frontier, Grey won over a dozen saltwater records. His quests and contributions towards recreational fishing were recognized by IGFA, inducting him to their hall of fame. Grey began fishing at a young age and later pursued his dream of fishing in saltwater in 1910. He went on to catch a Pacific Blue Marlin weighing roughly 471 kg on rod and reel. Grey grasped the technique of hooking elusive broadbill swordfish. A master fisherman, Grey dedicated most of his energy and assets to his passion for fishing.
Famed for turning recreational fishing into a multi-billion-dollar industry, Ray Scott through a TV show that aired on weekends introduced sports fishing to a broader audience. Ray Scott is identifiable with the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society formed in 1967, which currently boasts of over 600,000 members, becoming the world’s most prominent fishing organization. The BASSMASTERS TV show brought the joy of bass tournaments right to the comfort of our living room. As popularity for the sport grew the black bass evolved into the most popular game fish. The formation of B.A.S.S is considered one of the top innovations in fishing. Seen as the father of modern-day bass angling, Ray Scott was recognized by IGFA who inducted him into the hall of the fame.
Albert J McClane
McClane’s in-depth knowledge of fishing is unmatched, and he shared his understanding through entertainment and engaging prose. McClane was the editor of the Field and Stream Magazine for over four decades. His expertise in angling, cooking, and story-telling resulted in him escorting royalties, celebrities, and people of the state for fishing expeditions. Through his work on the McClane’s Standard Fishing Encyclopedia, his knowledge remains with us. McClane’s induction into the hall of fame by the IGFA is a testament to his prowess.
Thomas M Gifford
In matters bluewater big-game angling, Thomas is recognized as the best skipper in the business. Considered as one of the most innovative bluewater anglers, his creativity led to his charter catching record numbers every time. Garnering comprehensive information about game fish and ways to find them, his vision led him to the usage of flying gaff and star drag reel in saltwater fishing.