The 405.2-pound Yellowfin Caught on November 30, 2010, is now the All-Tackle World Record
Landing a 400-pound yellowfin tuna is akin to running a four-minute mile. But when you catch that fish on a long-range boat and adhere to all of the International Game Fish Association angling rules, well that makes it more like a 3 ½-minute mile!
Big tuna caught on long-range boats are often not eligible for IGFA records because the angler may have handed off the rod to get around the anchor orused the rail at some point during the fight. Mike Livingston, however, did everything just right and his 405.2-pound monster yellowfin claims world record and now stands as IGFA all-tackle world record. Livingston, a 63-year-old retired school superintendent from Sunland, California, caught his world-record tuna while fishing with Capt. Mike Lackey and crew aboard the 80-foot Vagabond. The angler fought the fish for two hours and 40 minutes. It is the largest yellowfin tuna ever caught on rod and reel in accordance with IGFA rules.
“I’d say it’s one of the most significant world-record catch in recent history,” says IGFA Conservation Director Jason Schratwieser. “It’s great to see a fish like this caught, let alone by an angler that knew the rules and adhered to them so the fish would be recognized as a world record.”
Livingston’s catch broke the previous record set in 1977 aboard Royal Polaris. That tuna, caught by Curt Wiesenhutter, weighed 388 pounds, 12 ounces.
“I spoke to the angler and he sounds like a great guy,” Schratwieser says. “He was really humble and said he got lucky in that the fish never went berserk and ran him around the boat. He was definitely very happy to be lucky.”
The IGFA presented Livingston with his world-record certificate at the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, California.