New Zealand Woman Catches World Record Tuna


Here in Southern California, we just got through our fishing-show season. The Fred Hall Show in Long Beach kicked things off at the beginning of March. A couple of weeks later, the Del Mar version of Fred Hall came along. The Pacific Coast Sportfishing Festival ended the show season on the first weekend of April. During the shows, it seems like all my friends posed with Capt. Paul Hebert of the popular NatGeo show, Wicked Tuna.

A woman in New Zealand just put all those New England tuna captains on notice, though. Donna Pascoe hooked and landed a giant bluefin tuna, taping out at almost nine feet long and more than 900 lbs. Check out the amazing pictures and video and find out what she did with her amazing catch in this article.

Paul_wickedtunaIt could be worth up to $2 million, make 2,875 sandwiches, and has been hailed a ‘Picasso of the sea’… but Donna Pascoe wants to stuff her record-breaking tuna catch and hang it on her wall.

The game fisherwoman battled for more than four hours the 411.6kg (64 stone) Pacific bluefin before finally reeling in the high-speed leviathan – thought to be the largest ever caught with a rod and line.

She hooked the fish – which is twice the size of a tuna sold at a Japanese auction last year for $1.09million – using a 60lb line near the Three Kings Islands off Cape Reinga of New Zealand.

Photos: Daily Mail (top); NatGeo Channel (above)