The International Game Fish Assn. has confirmed a 405-pound yellowfin tuna caught by angler Mike Livingston last November as the new species all-tackle world record.
Landed during a 10-day fishing expedition aboard thePoint Loma Sportfishing vessel Vagabond, the catch replaces a record held since April, 1977, by Curt Wiesenhutter, who caught a 388-pound, 12-ounce specimen off Mexico's Revillagigedo Islands.
"When the scale hit that number it was like the Super Bowl here," Livingston, 63, a retired school administrator from Sunland, Calif., told Pete Thomas Outdoors in reference to cheers from a crowd of nearly 200 that gathered to witness last year's weigh-in at the San Diego-based landing.
Livingston's fish, which measured 85.75 inches from nose to tail and had a girth of 61.5 inches, took almost three hours to land and was caught west of Magdalena Bay on the southern Baja California peninsula.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Mike Livingston stands next to the 405-pound yellowfin tuna he caught, a new all-tackle world record. Credit: Bill Roecker / Fishingvideos.com