The story of multiple enormous yellowfin tuna taken off the Mexican coast this year took yet another turn Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, — and this time, it might be worth a million dollars.
California angler Guy Yocom caught a 400-plus-pound tuna some 200 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune. But the fish's exact weight is still unknown — for now, at least.
The big tuna was weighed twice, according to the Tribune and Pisces Sportfishing, registering 427 pounds and 421.5 pounds on two different scales at the docks in Cabo. The current all-tackle record yellowfin is a 405-pounder taken in 2010 by Mike Livingston.
What makes this catch most intriguing, however, is that Yocom, who owns the boat from which the fish was caught (appropriately named El Suertudo, or "The Lucky One"), took the big yellowfin on a chunk bait with a Mustad Demon Perfect Circle hook, making it eligible for Mustad's "Hook A Million" world-record contest.
Yocom's big tuna was filleted shortly after being weighed, and he told the Tribune he was having both scales certified, which is in accordance with IGFA rules.
"An angler can have a scale certified after the weighing," Jack Vitek, IGFA's world records coordinator, told Sport Fishing. "The re-certification is supposed to happen ASAP." Vitek also told Sport Fishing that a certificate of calibration is required for all record entries.
The fish was caught on a Shimano Tiagra loaded with 100-pound-test line, according to the Tribune, and Yocom said he landed the fish in just 55 minutes.