Marlin - - BEFORE THE STRIKE - BY JACK VITEK Out­reach and Ed­u­ca­tion Man­ager, IGFA

Twenty-six years ago, Pamela Basco — a past re­cip­i­ent of the In­ter­na­tional Game Fish As­so­ci­a­tion’s Bob Herder Light Tackle Award — set the women’s 20-pound-test line-class world record for yel­lowfin tuna with this im­pres­sive 203-pound, 8-ounce fish. Basco caught the big tuna on July 16, 1992, while fish­ing out of Kona, Hawaii, aboard North­ern Lights, cap­tained at the time by Kel­ley Everette. She bat­tled the tuna for more than three hours af­ter it ate her slow-trolled live bait. This world record is just one of 14 that Basco has earned through­out her angling ca­reer.

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