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True Monsters of the Deep: 3 of the Biggest Fish Ever Caught

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Every year, millions of anglers do their best to try to catch record-breaking fish. Back in 2013, it was an astounding 55 million Americans who took at least one fishing trip. Although many of these competitive fishers come back without tales of record-shattering glory, there are some who beat the odds.

Here are just a few of the most amazing fishing records ever broken.

White Sturgeon

On July 9, 1983, an angler by the name of Joey Pallotta III spent a whopping five hours trying to reel in a white sturgeon, one of the most biggest sea creatures in the world. By bottom fishing with shrimp in Benicia, California, Pallotta was able to wrangle the 468-pound whopper in.

King Salmon.

Each year, scores of people go king salmon fishing in Alaska, hoping that their Alaskan fishing trips will be the ones to outdo what Les Anderson did on May 17, 1985. Unlike the others who took fishing trips to Alaska that year, Anderson caught one of the biggest fish in Alaska of all time -- a 97-pound, four-ounce king salmon. Using a drifting Spin-n-Glo lure, Anderson spent 40 minutes battling his prized fish on the Kenai River, which is also home to trophy-sized rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, and a number of other amazing fish in Alaska.

Goliath Tigerfish.

The Goliath Tigerfish is one of the most fearsome looking fish in the entire world. On July 9, 1988, an angler by the name of Raymond Houtmans pulled out one of these nightmarish creatures from the Zaire River in the Republic of Zaire using live catfish. It took him an hour and five minutes, but after his battle was done, he'd caught a record-breaking Goliath Tigerfish weighing 97-pounds.

If you know of any other incredible, record-breaking fish, feel free to share the story in the comments.

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