12-Year-Old Girl Reels in 616-Pound Fish

October 26, 2014

A 12-year-old girl just reeled in a 616-pound bluefin tuna up in Nova Scotia, Canada. In doing so she destroyed the existing world record of 431-pounds for girls aged 11 to 16.


From The Daily Mail:

A 12-year-old girl has broken a world record after reeling in a 616-pound bluefin tuna.

Jenna Gavin, from Nova Scotia spent two hours battling the giant fish while on a fishing charter with her parents John and Chandra.

The school girl was fishing on a boat in the Northumberland Straight, off the coast of Nova Scotia when she hooked the giant fish.

For the record to stand, Jenna’s parents had to leave her alone to battle and land the tuna.

The youngster’s mother Chandra said: ‘Jenna was thrilled when she finished the fight and was really excited when we pulled it out of the water to put it on the deck.

‘The biggest fish she had caught before this was a mackerel which we use for bait, they weigh roughly around one pound.

‘The fish was caught just below the surface, maybe 10ft down, our mate saw the silver flash as the fish swam through the water.

‘The last 40 minutes of the fight were difficult because the fish was straight down behind the boat and she had 30-35 pounds of drag on her the whole time.’

The holder of the record for the largest bluefin tuna ever caught, Ken Fraser, was fishing nearby when Jenna hooked her own monster. Fraser landed a 1496 fish off the coast of Nova Scotia in October 1979.

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