Gi­ant tuna Amaz­ing 500lb fish taken

Mon­ster fish taken off Wales and re­leased af­ter long fight

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - MARK PECK Se­nior reporter

SHARK spe­cial­ist An­drew Al­sop bat­tled for more than two hours to land this 520lb bluefin tuna.

The 7ft-long fish was taken by skip­per Andy aboard his own boat White Wa­ter II dur­ing a char­ter trip off the south-west coast of Wales.

The tuna, thought to be the big­gest fish ever to be caught in Bri­tish wa­ters, fell to a mack­erel and whit­ing hookbait over an area known as the Celtic Deep. It was beaten on a 20-40lb class rod and reel.

Just a week ago, Angling Times re­vealed that an in­creas­ing num­ber of rare and ex­otic fish species are be­ing caught in UK wa­ters. Gavin Davies, one of the guests aboard White Wa­ter II, was among those who helped Andy to land the bluefin. “It just came out of nowhere,” he said.

“There was no sur­face ac­tiv­ity even though we were chum­ming for sharks. Sud­denly the reel screamed and line poured off it. As I’m an ex­pe­ri­enced boat cap­tain we de­cided it was best for me to take the helm and al­low Andy, who’s more ex­pe­ri­enced with mon­ster fish, to take the rod.”

Bluefin tuna are recog­nised as an en­dan­gered species by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Na­ture) and it is il­le­gal to target them by de­sign in EU wa­ters. An­drew and his crew re­leased the fish safely back to the wa­ter. An­drew said: “It took six of us to get it on board. The last 40 min­utes were the worst. I could barely gain any line. It’s the fish of a life­time and an amaz­ing feel­ing to catch one on my own rod. I’m still aching days af­ter the catch, and I wouldn’t want to do that all over again in a hurry.”

His accidental catch was safely re­leased by Andy.

Wa­ter II. A great mo­ment aboard White

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