For the second time in two years, dreams have come true for anglers fishing about 100 miles off the coast of the Baja peninsula, just south of California, USA. After standing for 33 years, the All-Tackle world record for yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) was first shattered by Mike Livingston on November 30, 2010 with a 183.7 kg (405 lb) catch, and then again by Guy Yocom on September 18, 2012 with a 193.68 kg (427 lb).
As with Livingston’s catch, IGFA Trustee Mike Farrior and President Rob Kramer will present the latest yellowfin tuna All-Tackle World Record certificate to Yocom and his captain, Greg DiStefano, at the upcoming Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, California. The presentation will take place on the Ultimate Saltwater Experience Theater stage at 2 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
“Breaking the All-Tackle yellowfin tuna record within two years of Mike Livingston is really remarkable,” commented IGFA World Records Coordinator Jack Vitek. “Prior to Livingston’s catch, many people thought we’d never see a yellowfin tuna over 400 pounds, and in the past few years we’ve had two 400+ lb fish submitted for records and even more reported.”
Read more about this catch in our announcement of the record approval, and if you’re in southern California, be sure to stop by the Fred Hall Show at 2 pm on Thursday, March 7th to share our congratulations to Yocom and DiStefano!