World record tuna caught

This Pacific blue fin tuna is the largest ever caughtA Pacific blue fin tuna believed to be a world record was caught off the West Coast yesterday.

About 6am, angler Steve McCowan knew he had a big one on the line. "I certainly knew it was a big one 2½ hours later," he said.

Having sailed out of Westport, the fishing boat Jewel was off the coast not far from Karamea when the big fish bit. Standing on the back deck, McCowan fought with, and reeled in, the 325kg Pacific blue fin tuna. McCowan said he'd been fishing for about 20 years and this fish was the big catch.

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