Robert Pedigo has caught what is thought to be the largest Yellowfin tuna ever landed using fishing rod and reel – a 427.9-pounder – but the catch likely can’t be certified as a record because of a technical violation.
Pedigo reeled in the enormous tuna April 12 off Puerta Vallarta in Mexico, but it’s not eligible for record status by the certifying International Game Fish Association because someone else aboard the boat “Journeyman” touched the rod during Pedigo’s 30-minute struggle to land the fish.
Danny Osuna told ABCNews.com that he held the rod for about a minute while Pedigo tried to prevent the struggling fish from tangling the line in the boat’s anchor.
Because of that assist, the crew has not submitted the catch for record consideration.
“We are very honest and we respect the rules,” Osuna, who runs Marla Sport Fishing, a sport fishing charter in Puerto Vallarta, told ABCNews.com in an interview today.
IGFA regulations state that “the act of persons other than the angler in touching any part of the rod, reel, or line … either bodily or with any device, from the time a fish strikes or takes the bait or lure, until the fish is either landed or released” will generally disqualify the catch from consideration.
Osuna said he felt fine, even though the official record wasn’t broken.
“All my life I’ve been a fisherman of sport fishing, all my life I’ve caught big ones, and it’s amazing to have caught the biggest one,” Osuna told ABC.
The current record for an all-tackle Yellowfin tuna catch is held by Mike Livingston. The fish he caught on the southern Baja California peninsula in 2010 weighed 405 pounds. That catch broke a record that was set in 1977.