It's official. John Petruescu weighed his monster yellowfin tuna in yesterday at Fisherman's Landing in San Diego and at 445-pounds, it is the largest yellowfin tuna ever caught. The catch was made on December 3rd on board the San Diego Long Range vessel Excel fish the remote Hurricane Bank. The bank is located nearly 1,000 miles southwest of San Diego and requires 4-days of travel each way.
It will not be an IGFA world record however, as a crew member helped Petruescu maneuver around the anchor and made contact with the rod. “The fact that John did not get a world record out of this does not diminish this one bit,” said Excel Captain Justin Fleck on Phil Friedman Outdoors Radio. “He did one hell of a job on that fish.”
A crowd of several hundred gathered in San Diego early Sunday morning to watch the giant yellowfin come to scale. Petruescu had battled the mighty fish for almost two hours; he was about to see exactly how much it weighed.
As the fish was lifted up, some shouted out “how much?” “445” someone shouted out as the crowd began to cheer. It was official; John Petruescu had landed the largest yellowfin tuna ever caught on a rod and reel.
Art Soriano drove all the way from Los Angeles with his three children to watch the weigh-in. “How often do you get to see history being made?” he asked rhetorically. “What an awesome day.”
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