A new world record Yellowfin Tuna has just been caught at 405lbs! He fought the fish for 2hrs and 40minutes. This beats the old record of 388lbs that stood for 33 years!
I got this press release form the IGFA yesterday:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rob Kramer, President IGFA
Press Conference Announcement: New Yellowfin Tuna All-Tackle
There will be a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm
PST to announce and award the new All-Tackle World Record for yellowfin tuna
(Thunnus albacares) to Mike Livingston of Sunland, California. His 405 lb fish was
boated on the Vagabond captained by Mike Lackey on November 30, 2010 off the
coast of Magdelena Bay, Mexico. After fighting the mammoth tuna for 2 hours and 40
minutes, Livingston bested a record set in 1977 by Curt Wiesenhutter, whose 388 lb
yellowfin catch held the title for 33 years.
“I’d say it’s one of the most significant world-record catches in recent history,” IGFA
President Rob Kramer has commented. “It’s great to see a fish like this caught by an
angler that knew the rules and adhered to them.”
The press conference will be held at the Vagabond Sportfishing booth (booth #717) at
the Fred Hall Show at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 300 East
Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California. In attendance will be California IGFA Trustee
Mike Farrior, IGFA President Rob Kramer, IGFA Conservation Director Jason
Schratwieser, IGFA Development Director Eric Combast, angler Mike Livingston and
Captain Mike Lackey, as well as the first appearance of the mount made of the new All-
Tackle record yellowfin tuna.
Founded in 1939, the IGFA is a non-profit organized under Section 501(c)(3) under the
Internal Revenue Code and is best known for conservation efforts of fisheries,
educational programs, rule-making and for maintaining worldwide game fish records in
freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing and junior angler categories. IGFA members are
located in over 125 countries. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-square-foot
interactive Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida.
For further information, contact the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, 300 Gulf
Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004; phone 954-927-2628, fax: 954-924-4299,