A 1,000-pound tuna caught recently off Nova Scotia required only two hours to land, but it was so massive that it had to be towed to port, and was lifted onto the dock with the help of a crane. Marc Towers, an avid angler who lives in Ghana, reeled in the behemoth during the recent expedition off Canso, which is on Nova Scotia’s eastern tip.
The tuna will not set an all-tackle world record. According to the International Game Fish Assn., Ken Fraser landed a 1,496-pound bluefin off Nova Scotia in 1979.
But the Daily Mail reports that Towers’ tuna will yield about 20,000 pieces of sushi and is expected to sell for more than $32,000 to a buyer in Japan.
Neil Cooke, who was with Towers, is quoted as saying: “It took Marc two hours to pull in, and we had started to see the shape of it when the skipper said, ‘This could be a big fish.’
“All of a sudden it broke the surface and everyone said, ‘It’s a monster!’ “
A forklift was used to carry the giant fish to the scale.
Not everybody will be a fan of this catch.
Atlantic bluefin tuna are an embattled species–it’s listed as endangered on the IUCN red list of threatened species–and the fishery is strictly regulated.
Giants like the one Towers caught are being encountered less frequently these days, which makes his catch all the more impressive, from a pure fishing standpoint.
Said Cooke, when asked to explain how they got the fish to port: “The deckhand made a lasso and tied it around the end of the fish and we dragged it through the water back to the dock.”
–Image showing Marc Towers with 1,000-pound bluefin tuna is via the angler’s Facebook page
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