'Monster' tuna caught off Wakayama
tokyoreporter.com -- Mar 07
For one ship captain, it was a fish story of monstrous proportions. Last week, the largest tuna on record for Wakayama Prefecture was reeled in off the coast of the the Kii Peninsula, reports TV Asahi

Weighing 446 kilograms and measuring 2.82 meters in length, the "king" kuro maguro, or northern bluefin tuna, was pulled aboard a long-line fishing vessel at sea about 320 kilometers off the coast on Friday.

"I thought it was a monster," said Yoshifumi Kodama, the 50-year-old captain of the ship, which is from the town of Kawaminami in Miyazaki Prefecture, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun (Mar. 6).

He used sardine as bait. "I landed it after a 30-minute fight in which he didn't get too violent," he told the Sankei Shimbun (Mar. 5).

Large enough enough to serve an estimated 3,000 sashimi (sliced fish) meals, the fish was sold at auction for 2.96 million yen.

The tuna is the largest by weight since statistics started being kept by a fishery cooperative in 1949. The previous record was a 417-kilogram tuna landed in January of last year.

和歌山県の勝浦漁港で、過去最大となる450キロ近くの巨大クロマグロが水揚げされました。 このクロマグロですが、全長は約2.8メートル、重さは446キロで、宮崎の延縄漁船が勝浦沖で仕留めました。勝浦漁協では1949年に統計を始めましたが、過去最大です。
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