By Ben Romans
On Saturday, September 14th, 2013, New Zealand angler Kevin Baker caught a 352.5 kg (777 pound) pacific bluefin tuna—a fish that could be the heaviest pacific bluefin caught on rod-and-reel and would best the International Game Fish Association's world record by just over 37 pounds.
According to New Zealand TV3 News, Baker was fishing on board a boat from Enchanter Fishing Charters off the coast of Greymouth as part of a week-long charter. At one point, another angler on the boat hooked a tuna, but the line broke after a three-hour fight. Baker says he immediately threw his bait into the water and hooked up on the biggest fish of his life, though it reportedly only took him 30 minutes to subdue.