Record YellowFin Tuna Caught Off Mexico May Set New All-Tackle World Record (Photo)

By on Dec 8, 2012 in Amazing, Animals, United States, World Comments
Record Yellowfin Tuna

Record Yellowfin Tuna
Image Credit: Pete Thomas Outdoors

A 400-pound yellowfin tuna was caught off the coast of Mexico by John Petruescu on Sunday, December 2, 2012. The angler’s catch is expected to set a new world record as the largest yellowfin tuna ever caught.

Petruescu caught the record yellowfin tuna at Hurricane Bank about 960 miles southwest of San Diego. He was reportedly on his “first-ever 16-day fishing expedition out of San Diego.”

Reports say that skipper Justin Fleck revealed in an interview that Petruescu‘s yellowfin tuna weighs about 459 pounds.

Excel earlier posted on its Facebook page that the yellowfin tuna was estimated to be weighing about 400 pounds.

The yellowfin tuna will be officially measured when Petruescu disembarks on Sunday, December 9.

As of posting, the all-tackle world record registered by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is a 405-pound yellowfin caught by Mike Livingston in 2010. He was off to Magdalena Bay on board the Vagabond west of Baja California when he caught his record yellowfin tuna.

Last September 2012, a 427.5 pound yellowfin tuna was caught by Guy Yocom of Dana Point in Cabo San Lucas on Baja California‘s tip. The all-tackle weight record has not been approved by the IGFA.

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