Boy Just Landed The Largest Bluefin Tuna Ever Caught By Someone 10 Or Younger, And It’s The Size Of A Goddamn Buick
Last week I brought you news of two brothers (10, 12) fishing out of Tasmania who each set world records for Bluefin Tuna, records for both their ages and for the class of fishing line being used. Well I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news to those little bros from Down Under, but their records just got absolutely demolished by a 10-year-old boy fishing out of Prince Edward Island, Canada, the world’s premiere destination for giant bluefin tuna fishing. 10-year-old Koen Norton is now sitting on the all-tackle pending IGFA world record for bluefin tuna (for ages 10 and under) after he reeled in a mammoth 486-pound bluefin this past Sunday.
— David Common (@davidcommon) August 25, 2015
To put young Koen’s new 486-pound bluefin tuna world record into perspective, the two fish caught by the 10 and 12 year old boys from Tasmania weighed in at a whopping 262.35 pounds and 246.92-pounds (respectively). So Koen Norton’s new record-setting bluefin tuna outweighs the fish caught in Tasmania by over 200-pounds each. The 10-year-old boy from Prince Edward Island certainly had to fight for his fish of a lifetime, taking over an hour to drag in the mammoth tuna!
A young P.E.I. fisherman is looking for confirmation he may have hooked a new world record for the largest tuna caught by someone aged 10 and under.
Ten-year-old Koen Norton was on his family’s charter boat Sunday when he caught a 486-pound bluefin tuna off Naufrage Harbour, in northeastern P.E.I.
His father says that qualifies as a new record for largest tuna landed using the stand-up technique by a child 10 and under, but Guinness still has to confirm.
Koen Norton said he has been practising his technique all summer.
“You do a squat, and then when you go up you reel, and then you keep doing it,” he said.
“When he stops pulling me to rest, I just reel it to him so he can’t stop and get a rest.”
— CBC News (@CBCNews) August 25, 2015
Based on the CBC video above, Koen was targeting a fish of a certain weight specifically to catch world record bluefin tuna that day, and top the recent records caught in Tasmania. What’s continuing to blow my mind though is these Canadians calling it a ‘Guinness World Record’, when Guinness has diddly squat to do with fishing world records…Absolutely nothing. If you’re going to cover fishing then you need to at least know what in the heck you’re talking about: IGFA is who handles any and every fishing record (and they do A TON of conservation work).