So. Cal man lands 445-pound tuna off Mexican coast
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego County man has caught a 445-pound yellowfin tuna — a fish that outweighs the record for a rod-and-reel catch of the species but won't rewrite the books.
U-T San Diego says John Petruescu of La Mesa caught the tuna on Dec. 3 at Hurricane Bank off Baja California. The 7-foot-long fish was weighed Sunday in San Diego.
The electrician was aboard the Excel, whose captain twice handled the rod Petruescu was using. Justin Fleck says he helped Petruescu negotiate around a bow anchor for insurance reasons. For that reason, the catch won't be recognized as an official record by the International Game Fish Association.
The all-tackle record is held by Mike Livingston of Sunland for a yellowfin caught two years ago that topped 405 pounds.