Fishing is fun because it’s always different. It can be challenging, dangerous and even a little frustrating. Or it can be extremely surprising – and may even pay a few bills.
A Canadian woman is all smiles after she reeled in a prize bluefin tuna. The absolute wild catch weighed in at 620 pounds and was larger than a human. It was a surprise to everyone involved, as it looked like a shark at first.
Bluefin tuna live in the Atlantic Ocean and are the largest species of the tuna family. While they can grow up to 1,200 pounds, snagging a 600-pound tuna is quite the accomplishment.
On average, the species of fish are about 200 pounds, though they can grow to enormous lengths at more than 10 feet.
The prized fish was caught by Pêcheries Desbois, a fishery based in Chemin Saint-Louis, Quebec QC. Additionally, the monster tuna is worth anywhere between $7,000 and $8,000.
The Quebec woman posted a photo with the tuna, smiling ear to ear and expressing her gratitude.
It can be purchased at either of her stores. The store locations are Pêcheries Desbois in Quebec City and Pêcheries Bertrand Desbois in Matane, as of Friday, Aug. 13.
Bluefin Tuna Caught Off Coast in California
While many bluefin tuna are caught in the Atlantic Ocean, a super lucky Californian who took part in a two-day fishing charter reeled in a “super cow” bluefin tuna last October.
Bluefin are considered to be “super cows” when they weigh over 300 pounds.
The lucky angler, Adonis Soriano, wrestled with the 364-pound giant for about an hour before bringing it on board. The fish was a personal best for Soriano.
“(The fish took) long runs that almost took all the line off my reel,” Soriano said.
Soriano’s tuna was the largest ever caught by the Newport Landing Sportfishing boats. However, it wasn’t the only tuna caught that day. In total, the 17 people aboard caught 65 total. Seven of those were over 100 pounds and four were 200 pounds.
Soriano’s fish was 81 inches long with a 61-inch girth. While the angler only took an hour to reel in the monster, large tunas can take several hours to secure. A fisherman has to have patience and determination to get the fish to the boat, both something Soriano possessed that day.
“It gets to be exhausting, but the longer you have the fish on, the higher the chance you will lose it. He did an excellent job landing this fish,” Charter Master Jeff Price explained.
Price said that as soon as Soriano’s line was hit, the angler started cranking the fish in as hard as he could.