A 56-year-old fisherwoman who battled for four hours to reel in a nine-foot tuna has been awarded the Best World Record title for 2014 for hauling in the 907-pound giant.
Donna Pascoe, of Auckland, New Zealand, caught the monster Pacific bluefin near the Three Kings Islands off Cape Reinga in New Zealand a year ago.
A mother-of-two, Pascoe, won the recognition at the recent International Gamefish Association Awards in Florida, beating out more than 800 other candidates. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Donna Pascoe, 56, hooked the 907 lbs Pacific bluefin tuna near the Three Kings Islands off Cape Reinga of New Zealand last year.
2. After the 4 hour and 11 minute long battle, the fish was lifted on to the boat, with the help of the anchor winch.
Pascoe, who’s been fishing since 2007, told The Daily Mail that the judges were impressed by the rough-sea conditions in which she caught the fish.
She said that her enormous catch, the biggest fish to be caught by a woman in New Zealand, proves that women are every bit as skilled at fishing as men. She said:
Many people don’t think women can fish but this just shows that we are just as capable and we can also beat men at it too.
3. At 907 lbs, the fish weighs twice as much as a baby elephant and could fill 1,769 cans of tuna.
4. Unaware of the scale of her catch, Donna and her four-strong team battled for over four hours to drag the gargantuan tuna onto her boat.
Speaking about the awards night in April, when she claimed her “Best World Record for 2014” title, Pascoe said:
It was a really great feeling and we were treated like royalty.
It’s certainly a once in a life-time thing and I really don’t think I’ll be able to beat the record.
5. Pascoe, who began fishing in 2007, said that judges of the International Gamefish Association Awards were impressed by the rough-sea conditions in which the fish was caught.
6. The enormous catch put Pascoe in first place in the tuna section for the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Nationals Competition.
After she and her four-member team battled for more than four hours to finally haul the huge tuna onto her boat, Pascoe said:
It was a very stubborn fish, but I’m stubborn as well.
The fish was big enough to make 1,769 cans of tuna (160 g, brine drained), 2,875 tuna sandwiches or 511 dishes of tuna sashimi.
However, Pascoe was unable to sell it because the fish wasn’t caught on a commercial vessel. So, she ended up getting it molded in fiberglass instead. She said:
The exact replica of the fish has been done now and we will have it up at our local fishing shop next week for people to see.
7. A woman reels in a huge tuna fish in New Zealand.
Read more: The Daily Mail.
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