UPDATE: Fisherman all over the world continue to keep their beer-weary eyes on the biggest fish ever caught. That’s as true today as it was in 2011, and since records were made to be broken and all, it makes sense that there’d be some whoppers reported on in that intervening time span. To keep up, we’re throwing a couple bonus giant fish back into the river (in this metaphor, “the river” is the slideshow) for you to do with what you will. Enjoy.
Every sport fisherman dreams of catching “the big one,” a world-record lunker that will get his or her name forever etched in the annals of fishing history. Of course, most of us understand we’ll never realize this dream, and would instead be perfectly content to set a new personal best every couple of years. But there are people who have lived the dream—people who have landed monster fish certified by the International Game Fish Association as world records. So, to inspire anglers everywhere and keep dreams alive, here are 9 of the largest fish ever caught (by species).