427-Pound Yellowfin Tuna Is Now Official Weight

427 Pound Yellowfin Tuna

427 pound yellowfin tunaIt’s official — on Friday, September 28th, the International Game Fish Association received Guy Yocom’s record application for the 193.68 kg (427-pound) yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) he caught on September 18th, while fishing aboard his boat, El Suertudo, off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Yocom needed only 50 minutes to land this massive tuna after it ate the chunked tuna he was using for bait. Once the fish was boated, Capt. Greg DiStefano measured the fish and decided it was close enough to call it a day.

427 pound yellowfin tunaBack at the docks in Cabo, Yocom’s fish was officially weighed on an IWS Scalemaster, that was successfully re-certified in San Diego, California, just a few days after the weighing, confirming the accurate reading of 193.68 kg (427 pounds). Yocom’s fish qualifies for both the potential new All-Tackle record and men’s 60 kg (130-pound) line class record; both of which currently belong to Mike Livingston, who caught a 183.7 kg (405-pound) yellowfin on November 30, 2010 while fishing Magdalena Bay, Mexico.

If the 427-pound is declared a world record by the IGFA, it will also qualify for a $1 million prize in the Mustad Hook a Million promotion because the fish was caught on a Mustad hook.

Congratulations to Guy Yocom and the crew of El Suertudo on an amazing catch!

To read more about this amazing catch, check out the article ‘The Story Behind the Million-Dollar Tuna.’

That Baja Guy-Gary Graham, the BD Outdoors Baja Editor, has more than five decades fishing experience off of Southern California and the Baja Peninsula. From light tackle and fly up to offshore marlin fishing, Gary has experienced all facets of this fishery. He's set several fly-fishing world record...