World-record yellowfin tuna disqualified – because a deckhand touched his fishing rod as he fought the mighty fish.
Robert Pedigo hooked the 427.9-pound fish on Thursday April 12th and fought it for 30minutes before bringing it aboard the “Journeyman.” But everyone on board agreed that Danny Osuna, a local captain working that day as a deckhand, blew the record by touching Pedigo’s rod during the battle between man and fish off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The IGFA rules say an angler can’t have any help pulling in a fish if he or she wants to make history.
“I do this for a living and we’re really hardcore fishermen,” Osuna told FoxNews.com. “We have caught a lot of fish in the high 300s, but this is the first time we’ve caught something this BIG.”
Osuna admitted touching Pedigo’s fishing rod, disqualifying the catch from consideration by the International Game Fish Association. But he said Pedigo, who could not be reached for comment, isn’t too broken up about the technicality.
“We’re fine with that,” Osuna said. “Actually, we never even thought the fish would be that big.”
Osuna said everyone who was in on the fishing trip got a big meal out of the monstrous catch before the rest was given away.
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