300lb tuna from our own wa­ters!

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

A THREE-year quest to catch a bluefin tuna in UK wa­ters ended for big-fish en­thu­si­ast Andy Grif­fith when he boated this 300lb cracker.

The Kent an­gler hooked it dur­ing a ses­sion aboard An­drew Al­sop’s ‘White Water 2’ out of Mil­ford Haven in Wales. It took nearly an hour for Andy to land the rare fish, which he tempted on a home­made deep-div­ing lure.

The tuna, which was quickly un­hooked be­fore be­ing re­leased, means Andy now has four Welsh records to his name fol­low­ing his grand slam of three dif­fer­ent shark species in a sin­gle day back in 2013. That was when he boated a 167lb blue shark fol­lowed by a 235lb por­bea­gle and a short­fin mako at 194lb.

Andy told Angling Times: “I have been af­ter a bluefin since 2013, when one stripped my reel of line while I was shark fish­ing. It’s fan­tas­tic to fi­nally achieve my am­bi­tion and have four records to my name, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it with­out An­drew, who pre­dicted all these catches.”

To find out more about White Water char­ters, visit: white­wa­ter­char­ters.co.uk

Andy (left) and An­drew Al­sop with the fish.

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