New Zealand Man May Have World Record Bluefin Tuna

A New Zealand man is waiting to see if the biggest catch of his life is the biggest of all time.

Sky News reports that 42-year-old Nathan Adams reeled in a Pacific bluefin tuna reportedly weighing more than 335 kilograms -- or about 738.55 pounds -- near Houhora on the east coast of New Zealand's north island during the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council national competition.

Adams' catch is awaiting approval from the International Game Fish Association. If approved, Adams' tuna would beat the 716-pound, 8-ounce whopper caught Aug. 26, 2007, by Steve McCowan in Westport, New Zealand. We're sensing a pattern here.


The giant tuna was caught from a nearly 20-foot tin boat, and nearly snapped Adams' rod, but the new trophy may soon have a place on his wall, pending approval from another higher entity: his wife.

"She reckons it's like mounting a sofa on the wall or something like that," Adams said with a laugh.

Still, the potential record catch is a dream come true.

"It was pretty cool because when I first started fishing my dream was to catch a bluefin tuna exactly like that," Adams said.

Adams' big tuna wasn't the only monster catch of the competition. Just a few days later, Adams' friend, Alan Langdon, reeled in a black marlin weighing about 789.25 pounds.

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