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New yellowfin tuna all-tackle world record confirmed

March 7, 2011 |  2:43 pm

Mike Livingston stands next to the 405-pound yellowfin tuna he caught, a new all-tackle world record. 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 the Point 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
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Photo: Mike Livingston stands next to the 405-pound yellowfin tuna he caught, a new all-tackle world record. Credit: Bill Roecker / Fishingvideos.com


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