What. A. Fish.
A New Zealand fishing crew has an unconfirmed world record for catching the biggest Pacific bluefin tuna ever to be caught on rod and reel.
The gigantic blue fin tuna was hauled in off the coast of Greymouth and weighed in at a whopping 352 kilograms.
The modest looking boat pulling up into a quiet port in Greymouth was boasting a rather proud story, because taking up a fair bit of room on board was the fish. And the crew couldn’t wait to confirm what they were hoping.
As far as fishing stories go, this is a good one – a world record, 352.5kg of tuna, the heaviest Pacific bluefin ever caught on a rod and reel.
Kevin Baker caught the fish. He couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.
“The next-biggest tuna I’ve caught was 33 kilos, so this smashes everything I’ve caught before,” he says.
It took half an hour to wind the fish from hook up to boat, and before that there were a few days at sea and a few false starts before they hooked the big one at around 3am this morning.