On February 17, Nathan Adams hauled in a 335 kg (737-pound) Pacific bluefin tuna on 80-pound tackle. Nathan landed the beast in his home waters off the coast Houhora, New Zealand, on the east coast of the country’s North Island. And here’s the kicker… He landed it from an 18-foot aluminum boat!
The International Game Fish Association is considering the 737-pound tuna for a potential world record.
“It was pretty cool because when I first started fishing my dream was to catch a bluefin tuna exactly like that,” Adams said to a local newspaper.
The 42-year-old angler said the line was right at the point of breaking, but he managed to land the fish. He towed it back to the harbor.
While Nathan hopes his wife Lisa will allow him to hang up a mount of the jaw-dropping catch that is being made of his jaw-dropping, he said it’s going to take some convincing.
The Pacific bluefin was not the only prize-winning catch of the 2012 New Zealand Sport Fishing Council National competition.
Just days after Nathan’s catch, his friend, Alan Langdon reeled in a 358 kg (788-pound) black marlin near Ahipara on the west coast of New Zealand.
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