Pacific Bluefin Tuna Could Be Biggest Ever

Pacific Bluefin Tuna Could Be Biggest Ever
Pacific Bluefin Tuna Could Be Biggest Ever

Nathan Adams caught the fish of a lifetime

“Big Tuna” is a nickname that has graced everything from NFL football coaches (Bill Parcel) to mafia hit men (Anthony Accardo, 1940s Chicago mob boss) and even a documentary, but they pale in comparison to the real thing caught by a New Zealand angler.

Nathan Adams, referring to the catch as a “fish of a lifetime,” recently boated a 738-pound Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) that could become a new world record. If the fish is approved by the International Game Fish Association, it will set an all-tackle world record, replacing a 716-pound, 8-ounce Pacific bluefin landed off Westport, New Zealand, in 2007.

Adams, 42, of Muriwai, just outside of Auckland, New Zealand, was competing in a tournament when he caught the fish, but that was only part of an amazing day of fishing he and partner, Alan Langford experienced.

They also boated a 788-pound black marlin to set a Muriwai Sport Fishing Club record, while the pair’s group battled 12 billfish in 11 days as part of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Nationals competition.


The fact the fish was caught in competition with stringent rules has fishing fans believing that the IGFA will verify the catch with few questions.


The fish are slated to be mounted and expected to be displayed at the Muriwai Club. While the display, compared by Adams’ wife to “mounting a sofa,” will take up a lot of wall space, in a different venue it could pay for a lot of walls.


Last year a 700-pound plus tuna, in perfect condition, was sold in Tokyo for $396,000.

The pair hooked the bluefin near Houhora off Northland's east coast and then the black marlin off Ahipara on the west coast as part of the nationals tournament, Feb. 18-25.

The two big fish cleaned up several major prizes, including Langdon winning the New Zealand champion angler billfish title.


The record Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) was a 1,496-pounder caught by Ken Fraser in Aulds Cove in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1979.

Photo credit: Houhora Big Game & Sports Fishing Club

Recommended for You

Experts agree record channel cat caught in 1949 was actually a blue catfish. Records

Upon Further Review: 70-Year-Old Catfish Record Voided

G&F Online Staff - May 22, 2019

Experts agree record channel cat caught in 1949 was actually a blue catfish.

Try these tips to improve your wild boar hunting skill set. Hogs

Quick Tips: How to Spot and Stalk a Hog

Ian Nance - May 28, 2019

Try these tips to improve your wild boar hunting skill set.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Costa

Costa's Award Winning Waterwoman Sunglasses

Costa's Amanda Sabin tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead about all of the great features that made the new Waterwoman frame a big winner at the 2019 ICAST show as well as out on the water.

MLF BPT angler and former Classic champ Casey Ashley has been with Costa del Mar sunglasses his whole career. At ICAST 2019, he shows OSG writer Lynn Burkhead some new products and talks how to pick the right lens color for the water.

Abu Garcia Virtual Rod with Bluetooth

Abu Garcia Virtual Rod with Bluetooth

Pure Fishing's Andrew Wheeler tells Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead all about the brand new Abu Garcia Virtual rod that integrates Bluetooth technology through a free ANGLR smartphone app.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

 Veteran bass anglers often dismiss urban fishing opportunities as Bass

Bass Pond Fishing: Catch Lunkers at Small Lakes Near You

Dan Anderson - February 13, 2018

Veteran bass anglers often dismiss urban fishing opportunities as "kid's fishing ponds," but...

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record. Walleye

Record-Sized Walleye Was Foul-Hooked, Agency Says

G&F Online Staff

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record.

Unless you live in Antarctica, the only continent they aren't known to inhabit, there is a species Catfish

10 Biggest Catfish World Records of All Time

Jack Vitek - December 08, 2014

Unless you live in Antarctica, the only continent they aren't known to inhabit, there is a...

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×