IGFA recognizes 405lb Yellowfin Tuna World Record

IGFA recognizes 405lb Yellowfin Tuna World Record

A recently hooked 405 lb Yellowfin Tuna has just been approved by the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) to be recognized as a world record in the organization's prestigious  All-Tackle category.

The behemoth Yellowfin Tuna was caught and landed by Mike Livingston from Sunland, California. Besides beating the odds of actually hooking the monster fish, what is significant about this catch is the way in which the catch met the strict criteria of the IGFA record standards.  Jason Schratwieser, IGFA Conservation Director, summarizes the significance this way, 

"The IGFA examines all record submissions with extreme rigor, no matter if it is a 1 lb bluegill or a 1,000 lb blue marlin. However, big tuna caught on long-range boats are often not eligible for IGFA records because the angler may have handed off the rod to get around other anglers or used the rail at some point during the fight ? both of which are against IGFA International Angling Rules."

I know I would like a chance to battle one of these beasts! Congratulations, Mike!
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