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“It is the largest fish I have ever caught,” said Mike McElroy III.
An American caught record-sized yellowfin tuna (‘Thunnus albacares’) while fishing in waters of the Gulf of Mexico, south of the city of Pass Christian, in the state of Mississippi.
According to local media, it took Mike McElroy III more than five hours to catch the specimen, 68 inches long ( 1.7 meters ) and 236.6 pounds ( 107 kilograms ). With such dimensions, the fisherman broke the 93 kilogram state mark, established in 2001.
The fishing session occurred on March 30, when Mike and his crew set sail in search of fresh seafood. This activity has been allowed in Mississippi, despite the current coronavirus pandemic, as long as social distancing guidelines are met. At that time, moreover, the containment measures decreed by the local government had not yet entered into force.
The new registry was certified this Tuesday by the State Commission for Marine Resources. “It is the largest fish I have ever caught,” McElroy told the Sun Herald newspaper, after confessing that he likes raw tuna and that he shared it with family and friends.
If the Hattiesburg man would have caught the fish a little sooner, it could have been worth $500,000. https://t.co/IYH6o1merk
— Sun Herald (@sunherald) April 21, 2020
— Louisiana Sportsman (@LAhuntnfish) April 19, 2020
Source: Actualidad RT