Wednesday, July 06, 2005

BIG fish story

Only this one's nothing but the truth.

::::::::The biggest tuna on Delaware record was a monster.

A Virginia angler reeled in an 873-pound bluefin on Saturday, 40 miles off the southern Delaware coast, state wildlife officials said.

The massive fish exceeded Delaware's previous record tuna by more than 500 pounds, said Aaron Hurd of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, who identified the tuna and recorded its weight on Saturday morning.

"We couldn't believe our eyes," Hurd said.

The bluefin was 9 1/2 feet long, with a girth of 6 1/2 feet.

It was caught by Dan Dillon of Herndon, Va., aboard a charter boat, Captain Ike II. The boat's captain, Dave Collins, said it took more than 1 1/2 hours to reel in the tuna, and another two hours to haul it into the boat.

Click the story link to see a picture of this beast.