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Angler's 405-pound yellowfin tuna is heaviest on record (hughest, most series all-tackle catch ever)
GrindTV ^ | 12/6/10 | Pete Thomas

Posted on 12/06/2010 8:05:43 PM PST by NormsRevenge

There was spirited celebration on the San Diego waterfront Monday morning after the vessel Vagabond returned from a long-range fishing trip into Mexican waters and offloaded the heaviest yellowfin tuna ever caught by an angler.

The behemoth, landed by Mike Livingston of Sunland, Calif., weighed 405.2 pounds; it's girth was 61 inches and it measured nearly 86 inches from nose to tail.

The catch, made on 100-pound-test line after nearly a three-hour fight, will be submitted to the International Game Fish Assn. for approval as an all-tackle world record. Capt. Mike Lackey said IGFA rules were followed so the catch likely will replace the current record, a 388-pound 12-ounce specimen, which has stood since 1977.

"When the scale hit that number it was like the Super Bowl here," said Livingston, 63, a retired school administrator, in reference to cheers from a crowd of nearly 200, gathered to witness the weigh-in.

The Vagabond, an 80-foot deluxe sportfisher, had been on a 10-day expedition in search of "super cows," or tuna weighing 300 pounds or more. Livingston's catch was made last Tuesday west of Magdalena Bay on the southern Baja California peninsula.

Lackey had estimated the tuna's weight at 390 pounds, using a tape-measure formula that is not always accurate. He then froze the fish to preserve it until the boat returned to its home port at Point Loma Sportfishing.

Livingston, whose previous large tuna weighed 100 pounds, said he developed a rash while "worrying about how big this fish was going to be."

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: angler; heaviest; tuna; yellowfin
super cow


1 posted on 12/06/2010 8:05:46 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

chicken of the sea


2 posted on 12/06/2010 8:08:30 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: NormsRevenge

Livingston’s fish was trucked to a taxidermist, where mounts will be made for him and the Vagabond Sportfishing office.

I would have sold it to the Japanese.Isn’t tuna a ridiculous price in Japan?


3 posted on 12/06/2010 8:09:26 PM PST by GQuagmire (Hey now!)
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To: NormsRevenge

That’s HUGE! Did the man catch the fish, or did the fish catch the man?


4 posted on 12/06/2010 8:11:15 PM PST by bannie (Gone to seed.)
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To: GQuagmire

I don’t think japan has especially high prices, it’s just that when a large expensive tuna comes in it typically shows up in tokyo and makes the news as they have the worlds largest tuna auction. It’s quite a sight to see if you get there by 5:30am.


5 posted on 12/06/2010 8:13:45 PM PST by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights.)
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To: GQuagmire
I would have sold it to the highest bidder after removing about 10 lbs from the sweet spot.

And then cooked some sticky rice. I have nori in the pantry.

/johnny

6 posted on 12/06/2010 8:14:00 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: NormsRevenge

Taxidermist? What an absolue waste not to harvest all that meat.


7 posted on 12/06/2010 8:14:31 PM PST by CTOCS (I live in my own little world. But, it's okay. They know me there....)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sashimi time!! Get the wasabi.


8 posted on 12/06/2010 8:14:38 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: bannie

What? Why not just make sushi out of it...?


9 posted on 12/06/2010 8:15:27 PM PST by nikos1121 (Praying for the big -24 today and -27 by the end of the month.)
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To: NormsRevenge

A 600 Pound Albino Tuna

10 posted on 12/06/2010 8:16:19 PM PST by llevrok (Born a ham but never cured)
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To: NormsRevenge

That’s a heck of a lot of Sushi.


11 posted on 12/06/2010 8:29:27 PM PST by Bullish
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To: GQuagmire

I think they only eat blue fin though.


12 posted on 12/06/2010 8:31:20 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: GQuagmire

just a guess but that’s a $300K fish, imo... some go for big money..


13 posted on 12/06/2010 8:32:10 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Yellowfin is regarded as sushi grade and would fetch a fine price in Japan. He’s a fool for sending it to the taxidermist. Frame the picture and pocket the substantial profit.


14 posted on 12/06/2010 8:35:06 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: JRandomFreeper

Oh my! What I would give for a plate of suchi Yellowfin and stiky rice!


15 posted on 12/06/2010 8:38:41 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Oh my! What I would give for a plate of sushi Yellowfin and stiky rice!


16 posted on 12/06/2010 8:39:06 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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scratch this one being worth 300K, bluefin bring the big money..

Giant bluefin tuna sells for £111,000 in Japan
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6976664.ece


17 posted on 12/06/2010 8:41:05 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: CTOCS

They will end up eating it. Taxidermy isn’t exactly what you think it is on fish. They will take a ton of reference points and recreate it. They don’t stuff them like most people think. This thing will end up on someones plate.

http://www.taxidermy.net/information/fish1.html


18 posted on 12/06/2010 8:46:17 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Good deal.


19 posted on 12/06/2010 9:35:32 PM PST by CTOCS (I live in my own little world. But, it's okay. They know me there....)
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To: NormsRevenge

Will be fishing for bass in Mexico with Capt Mike next week. Hope he brings his luck with him.


20 posted on 12/06/2010 10:58:55 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Cyman

what lake/lakes?


21 posted on 12/07/2010 3:27:18 AM PST by SF_Redux
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To: NormsRevenge; Cagey
VERY Cool! ~"Life is not about the trophy. It is about the road traveled to get it."
-Capt. Tred Barta


22 posted on 12/07/2010 3:42:56 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: stainlessbanner
LOL.Yellow fin are notoriously vicious. :)


23 posted on 12/07/2010 3:52:59 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

woooaaa....that fish looks like he’s flying!


24 posted on 12/07/2010 7:54:49 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner
Look what the tuna is doing to this *flying fish* nommmmmmmmmm! :)

Fishermen can be *fanatics* ...but yellowfin can be fanatical too in a feeding frenzy.

25 posted on 12/07/2010 9:02:16 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: NormsRevenge

All Your Tuna Are Belong To Us!


26 posted on 12/07/2010 9:47:17 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: Lazlo in PA

I was going to say the same thing. However, that big ol fish could be full of parasitic worms.


27 posted on 12/07/2010 9:49:25 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: NormsRevenge
What ? A 10 day out of San Diego got the record Yellowfin ? Thought you needed to take at least a 14 day trip all the way down to the Socorro/Clarion Islands to get at the record big tuna. Or at least one of the short rides out of Cabo.
28 posted on 12/07/2010 11:20:05 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: NormsRevenge

The guy who caught the fish used to work here. He retired a few years ago.


29 posted on 12/10/2010 2:24:07 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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