NEWPORT BEACH—Fall fishing is in full effect – and the first massive catch of the season appears to have already been recorded. Newport Landing Whale Watching reported a 364.5-pound bluefin catch aboard one of its fleet during a two-date sportfishing charter in late September.
The tuna was reeled aboard Thunderbird out of Newport Landing and measured 81 inches by 61 inches, according to Jessica Roame, the education programs manager with Newport Landing Whale Watching.
Angler Adonis Soriano caught the fish and brought it over the rails after a 45-minute fight.
Roame said the tuna is a record catch for the Newport Landing fleet.
“A special 18-passenger charter landed a huge 364.5-pound bluefin tuna (81 inches by 61 inches), which is a personal record for the Thunderbird vessel and the largest tuna ever caught for the Newport Landing and Davey’s Locker boats since our vessels began running fishing trips in 62 years of operation,” Roame said in an email to The Log.
The Thunderbird charter, which left Newport Beach on Sept. 27 and returned on Sept. 29, reeled in 65 bluefin (seven at 100+ pounds and four at 200+ pounds) and one 60-pound yellowfin.
Photo Credit: Newport Landing Sportfishing