Another Giant, Record Bluefin Caught in New Zealand
Is this the year of the giant bluefin? First came this massive, shark-killed bluefin now a New Zealand angler may...
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.