Woman takes giant New Zealand bluefin

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THREE KINGS, New Zealand —  Kiwi angler Donna Pascoe may have set the new International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) All-Tackle world record for Pacific bluefin tuna – a 411.6 kg (907 pounds, six oz.) giant that exceeds the current IGFA record by nearly 60 kg (132 pounds, two oz.).            

Pascoe was fishing aboard the Gladiator with Capt. Scott Sutherland off Three Kings, New Zealand on Feb. 19, when the massive tuna devoured the skipjack they were trolling for marlin. Pascoe battled the fish for more than four hours, and endured multiple injuries due to rough seas and winds exceeding 35 knots.            

The IGFA is currently reviewing the application, but if approved, Pascoe’s fish would become the new All-Tackle record, as well as the women’s 60 kg (130-pound) line class record.            

Aussie angler Bernadette Pedlar caught a 31.34 kg (69 pounds, one oz.) southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccyoii) on Feb. 1 while trolling a Williamson skirted lure off Port MacDonnell, Australia with her husband, Michael Pedler. Equipped with only 6 kg (12-pound) tackle, Pedlar was able to subdue the powerful tuna in only 30 minutes, quite a feat with such under-matched tackle. With the existing women’s 6 kg line class record at 21.69 kg (47 pounds, 13 oz.), Pedlar’s fish is plenty big enough to qualify.

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