Destin, FL

Anglers catch 'Monster' 832-pound bluefin tuna, could break Florida state record

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On Saturday, April 16, Capt. Jake Matney, Devin Sarver, and Jett Tolbert spent four and a half hours reeling in an 832.2-pound bluefin tuna off the coast of Destin, Florida that bests the current state record of 826 pounds. The fish could shatter the previous record of an 826-pound blue catfish also hooked off the Destin coast by Rick Whitley on May 8, 2017. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission hasn't certified the catch.

Devin Sarver who was part of the team posted on Facebook:

Words cannot express how grateful I am! What happened to us the ups and downs of this battle make for a great story with great people! 5 hours before this fish was all said and done, THIS IS WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF! I’ve never had so much respect for a fish and to catch him in the Gulf of Mexico is a feat of its own!! this bluefin was as bad as they come, God is great!

Atlantic bluefin tuna are known to be one of the largest fish species in our oceans. The world record for the largest bluefin tuna caught belongs to fisherman Ken Fraser, who caught a bluefin tuna off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada in 1979 which weighed 1,496 pounds, according to the International Game Fish Association.

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