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May 02, 2012

IGFA: potential new world recod for southern bluefin tuna

While trolling a rigged skipjack tuna off the coast of Houhora, New Zealand on February 17, 2012, kiwi angler Nathan Adams hooked into this enormous Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis). After a grueling 40 minute battle with this brute of a fish, the fish was landed and the crew of the Western Break headed back to the docks where Adams’ catch tipped the scales at 335.4 kg (739 lb 6 oz); qualifying him for the potential new men’s 37 kg (80 lb) line class record, and surpassing the existing record by more than 90.7 kg (200 lb). Even more impressive is that the fish was landed on a 6.6 m (21.5 ft) vessel; not too bad seeing the fish taped out at 2.47 m

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