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March 07, 2012

Another Giant, Record Bluefin Caught in New Zealand

By Chad Love

Is this the year of the giant bluefin? First came this massive, shark-killed bluefin now a New Zealand angler may have landed another giant, record-setting bluefin.

From this story in the (UK) Sun:

New Zealand fisherman Nathan Adams is angling for a world record after hauling in a massive 335kg bluefin tuna. The 42-year-old made the enormous catch from a tiny six-metre boat while fishing off the coast of the country's North Island.

And now he is waiting to hear whether the huge creature is the largest ever caught using just a line and rod. Overjoyed Nathan said: "When I first started fishing my dream was to catch a giant bluefin exactly like this." He went on to reveal his plan to have a cast of the snapper mounted on his living room wall. But wife Lisa isn't quite so enthusiastic about the oversized trophy. Nathan explained: "Lisa's not too keen on that, because she reckons it's like mounting a sofa or something like that. "But I've got nowhere else to put it."

In a cruel twist of fate, the creature could have been sold for thousands in Japan, where the tender meat is used in sushi. But the beast was landed in the one month of each year Nathan de-registers his boat with the authorities, to allow him to fish for protected marlin. As it is illegal to sell fish caught from an unregistered fishing boat, Nathan is not allowed to profit from the whopper. In January this year a 269kg bluefin caught off the coast of Japan sold for around £500,000. But Nathan remains upbeat about his massive catch. He said: "I'm not rich so I wouldn't have minded a hundred grand, but there are rich guys overseas who would pay hundreds of thousands to mount that fish and get that on their wall and say that they caught it.''

OK, all you metric mavens, how many pounds does 335 kilograms translate into? First one to get it right receives a smug sense of superiority.

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

~737 lbs is a big fish!

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from airbornedoc wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

What no takers yet? OK ,I'll tell you--it's the same weight as my ruck sack with a combat load--738lbs.

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from airbornedoc wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Dang Captcha thing delayed my response. Good job Moose1980!

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from airbornedoc wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

What no takers yet? OK ,I'll tell you--it's the same weight as my ruck sack with a combat load--738lbs.

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from bull123 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

To be exact - 738.5 lbs

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from bull123 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

But the more important conversion £500,000 to US dollars - $789,450 ...That's $1,300 per lb. WOW

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

The article says a line and rod, are we talking cane pole or a 130 class Penn on a bent butt? Although that's an awesome fish, it's no where near IFGA or even most new England state records. Either way, congrats on a trophy wall hanger, and good job on being positive about a hard to deal with break. Wonder if he was trolling or hook baiting or what...?

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Sorry, probably should have looked at the pic. looks like an 80 class reel

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from country road wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Chad, I already have a smug with my name on it, so I didn't bother to answer the metric question.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

He is going to host an EPIC fish-fry!

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from dwmink wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

738.5485777 pounds exactly

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

~737 lbs is a big fish!

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from airbornedoc wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

What no takers yet? OK ,I'll tell you--it's the same weight as my ruck sack with a combat load--738lbs.

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from airbornedoc wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Dang Captcha thing delayed my response. Good job Moose1980!

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from airbornedoc wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

What no takers yet? OK ,I'll tell you--it's the same weight as my ruck sack with a combat load--738lbs.

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from bull123 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

To be exact - 738.5 lbs

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from bull123 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

But the more important conversion £500,000 to US dollars - $789,450 ...That's $1,300 per lb. WOW

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

The article says a line and rod, are we talking cane pole or a 130 class Penn on a bent butt? Although that's an awesome fish, it's no where near IFGA or even most new England state records. Either way, congrats on a trophy wall hanger, and good job on being positive about a hard to deal with break. Wonder if he was trolling or hook baiting or what...?

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Sorry, probably should have looked at the pic. looks like an 80 class reel

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from country road wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Chad, I already have a smug with my name on it, so I didn't bother to answer the metric question.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

He is going to host an EPIC fish-fry!

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from dwmink wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

738.5485777 pounds exactly

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