A truly enormous fish has been caught off the coast of Wales.
Commercial fisherman Gavin Davies had charted Andrew’s boat yesterday to take some of his staff out for a day.
They were not targeting tuna and were using relatively lightweight equipment. But they ended up catching this monster fish whose weight has been confirmed at 505lbs.
And when they knew they had snagged something big they asked experienced angler Andrew for help.
He said: “It was a bit of a strange one. Gavin has charted my boat before and he takes his boys from work every year. I don’t normally fish on these trips. It is unusual to get a tuna because they don’t normally take anything.
“They knew it was big and Gavin said I should take the rod and he would take the controls. I know how long it can take with tuna because I had a previous one that took five hours. This one was less at about two hours and 15 minutes. I had previously caught one that was 315lbs but that was with big heavy gear. We didn’t realise how big it was because of the tackle we were using until it broke the surface.”
After his battle 49-year-old Andrew was feeling the strain.
“I am aching now!” he said. “It was a real battle. To be fair, the others were giving me drinks.”
Andrew, who runs White Water Charters in Penarth, is no stranger to catching huge animals of the deep.
He was the first angler to catch five different species of fish over 100lbs in the British isles.
After a quick photo with the tuna they returned it to the sea.
Andrew took to Facebook to show off his catch. He wrote: “I caught a fish of a lifetime today after a 2hr 15min pain locker battle on my own 20/40 Blue Dog rod rigged with a FIN-NOR 30 reel.
This 460lb-plus [now confirmed at 505lb] bluefin tuna is now the biggest fish ever landed from Welsh waters. I’d just like to thank Gavin Davies and his boys for helping me beat the huge fish.
“Nothing better than my own boat and my own designed rod. An amazing feeling battling a monster on such light tackle and winning.”