Fisherman Lands 428-Pound Tuna

Fish won't qualify for world record

Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin tuna     Photo: tarotastic/Flickr

A fisherman off the coast of Mexico caught a 427.9-pound yellowfin tuna, the largest-ever with a reel and rod on record, last Thursday after a 30-minute battle. But Robert Pedigo's catch won't qualify as an official record, because a crew member touched the rod during the fight, qualifying it as an "assisted catch" under International Game Fish Association rules. The official world record dates back to 2010, when Californian fisherman Mike Livingston caught a 405-pound yellowfin in Mexican waters.

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