World Record 427 Pound Yellowfin Tuna Official IGFA
While most of us are immersed in the middle of another hectic holiday season, squeezing in last-minute shopping between their children’s and in our case grandchildren’s Christmas school programs and exhibitions, the brief one-sentence email that flashed on my smartphone mid-afternoon on Thursday, December 20th definitely got my attention.
“Hey Gary, IGFA confirmed our record application today. Just wanted to let you know.” — Capt. Greg DiStefano.
What an understatement!
Since, Tuesday, November 30, 2010, when Mike Livingston landed a 405-pound yellowfin tuna aboard Capt. Mike Lackey’s Vagabond which defeated an IGFA All-Tackle World Record that had stood for 33 years, there have been three yellowfin tuna caught that could have defeated that record.
Of the three, including the remarkable 445-pound yellowfin caught by John Petruescu aboard the Excel captained by Justin Fleck and weighed in at the San Diego Landing earlier this month, only one of these giant yellowfin tuna has been submitted for an IGFA all-tackle world record. Two of the world-record sized fish were never submitted to the IGFA because people other than the angler touched the fishing rod during the battle, which according to IGFA rules disqualifies a catch.
The announcement sent out by Jack Vitek, IGFA World Record Coordinator, confirming the application for the new 427-pound all-tackle yellowfin tuna record was definitely an early Christmas present for Guy Yocom and his crew.
The actual presentation of the certificate will take place at the 67th Fred Hall Long Beach show held in March 2013.
“This is exciting news,” said IGFA Trustee Mike Farrior. “I look forward to meeting all of the Yocom crew and congratulating them personally at the Fred Hall Show when we make the official presentation.”
However, obtaining the world record from the International Game Fish Association is not the end of this story. All eyes are now turned to the Mustad “Hook a Million” contest which ended September 30, 2012, after Yocom’s catch was caught on a qualifying Mustad hook.
The El Suertudo crew is eagerly waiting to see if they will in fact be awarded $1 million from Mustad for setting an all-tackle world record using a Mustad hook.
“All of us here at IWS-ScaleMaster, are thrilled for Guy Yocum and his new all-tackle yellowfin tuna record,” said Giesela Muccillo. “We are happy to have played a small part in his achievement and extend our congratulations to all those involved with the catch and the record process. What a great way to end 2012!”
Guy Yocom’s record came the day before the Mayan Calendar predicted the end of the world. Could the experts have misread the calendar’s meaning? Could it have meant to say that today was the beginning of new wealth for Mr. Yocom and company? We’ll keep you posted.