Photos/Video: Fisherman Catches 920lb Tuna

February 1, 2012 | 50 Comments

[Updated with video] Off Argus Banks today [Feb.1], lone fisherman Andrew Card spent two hours fighting a giant 10-foot-long Bluefin Tuna, winning the battle and finally landing the fish.

However, by the time the determined fisherman got the big fish to the surface, hungry sharks had bitten off portions of the tuna’s tail. At dockside, even with big chunks missing, the Bluefin still weighed in at 920lbs.

Mr Card [standing on boat] and the fish are pictured below:

Mr Card, who was fishing alone, said that the shark attacks had begun while the fish was still deep down. Using 80lb test line, he fought the fish to the surface and secured it alongside his boat.

Radioing for help, another fishing boat, “Kerry D” captained by David Soares came to his aid. “Kerry D” got the 920lb fish on board through its transom ‘tuna door’ and the two boats made their way to Spanish Point Boat Club where trucker Peter.Bromby used his crane truck to lift and display the huge fish.

When the fish was gutted – with interested bystanders standing by and watching – five smaller fish were extracted from its stomach.

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  1. Spanky says:

    Awesome catch Andrew. Congrats. Fresh tuna in the restaurants for at least a week!

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  2. sugra says:

    Pretty work Capt Andrew!

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  3. wow says:

    Was it 920lbs after the shark got it or is that a guesstimate either way WOWWWW great catch!

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    • Bernews says:

      The fishermen there told us it was 920lbs after the shark got it, and estimated it was probably in the region of 1,000lbs or so before the shark got to it.

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  4. True Dat says:

    Wonderful What an Awesome Catch!! It makes me think of the Movie "old man in the Sea"
    I love it!!

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  5. Equalizer says:

    Bermuda's Best.....Congrats Drew, awesome catch. Only you can catch an elephant with a peanut!

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  6. Shawn says:

    Congrats on your catch. Wish you many more!

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  7. beezniss says:

    any idea what he is going to do with it, surely the local market cant buy all that tuna!

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  8. So clueless says:

    Wow we going to really start policing the island fishing spot once the word gets out. people from other countries already fish here when they not supposes too. We always say other countries but we know what country they from, we just scared to point the finger.

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    • richard says:

      you said it that so true!!! I wonder if BDA sold most of it water rights off already that is something most local don't think about it happen to a lot of small island around the world

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  9. Cedar Beams (Original) says:

    So what happened to the missing flesh? Did it disappear into thin air? Where is the AG on this? I guess Cog will deny any wrong doing as usual - or say nothing at all. They might just as well start a restaurant called 'Illegal Seafood'. Course they'll say its 'unethical but not illegal'. But 'Unethical Seafood' doesn't sound right does it. Call an election !!!

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  10. The Fly says:

    Where can I buy some?

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  11. Hudson says:

    didn't a bluefin tuna sell for 3/4 million dollars in Japan recently?

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  12. Ryan says:

    Wow! I might have to swing by Port O Call -- or any seafood restaurant in town -- to sample this beast myself! Great story.

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  13. Moojun says:

    Wow, just... Wow! reminds me of that famous movie line: 'we're going to need a bigger boat'

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  14. Paul Kelley says:

    Nice fish Reg.....I only wish it had been you !! Best regards.....Paul Kelley

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  15. TonyB says:

    WOW....amazing....
    Blue Fin Tuna sells for a fortune in JAPAN.....

    Whilst this is an awesome fishing accomplishment.....I do feel that a fish such as this should have been left to enjoy its life in the sea......

    The more I think about it the more I may become 1000% vegetarian

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    • Peter Riley Bank says:

      fish that big are old and sure to die soon, they don't live forever. If he didn't catch it maybe one of these illegal fishing boats from other countries might have, i am much happier to see a hard working local fisherman enjoy the reward of this catch.

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      • mrwiggin says:

        mature fish like this have much higher rates of reproduction than juvenile fish. it's important to have older fish like this in an ecosystem in order to repopulate the (already incredibly low) population.

        just sayin.

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  16. March Hare says:

    The shark closed fast astern and when he hit the fish the old man saw his mouth open and his strange eyes and the clicking chop of the teeth as he drove forward in the meat just above the tail. The shark’s head was out of water and his back was coming out and the old man could hear the noise of skin and flesh ripping on the big fish when he rammed the harpoon down onto the shark’s head at a spot where the line between his eyes intersected with the line that ran straight back from his nose. There were no such, lines. There was only the heavy sharp blue head and the big eyes and the clicking thrusting all-swallowing jaws. But that was the location of the brain and the old man hit it. He hit it with his blood mushed hands driving a good harpoon with all his strength. He hit it without hope but with resolution and complete malignancy.

    with thanks to Ernest Hemmingway.

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  17. Peter Riley Bank says:

    Andrew Card you are a beast!! respect for that catch. out there alone fighting that thing, not too many fisherman could have done that. you made many a fishermen jealous, but non the less you deserve it.

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  18. carli says:

    gud catch

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  19. Railway says:

    Guess I am the only one who looks at the photos and hangs my head with sadness. So sorry to see such a magnificent fish killed. No disrespect to Captain Card intended, just a shame that this beauty will swim no more.

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    • Fish R Man says:

      Have you ever eaten tuna?

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      • Babs says:

        Actually no - I'm a vegetarian - and again, no disrespect to Captain Card or others who fish our waters - not saying that they shouldn't .... just seems such a shame that this lovely old thing is no more.

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  20. Captain Obvious says:

    Lass Week me an frenchie was fishin offa de duck up alboys right... de water was glassy like when you take a heineken bottle and polish de neck up all bright like..

    I said frenchie... we guys is gone stingum today. he turned back and said yah we buys is gone stingum today.

    we guys was chummin for chubs wif breads and some kfc. I told frenchie - yah mate.. we guys got a nice grease slick goin wif dees keel pieces. and no sooner after i said dat der.. de chubs started manglin de water like dey didnt eat for days.

    even de guy dats always hookin dem gurt hugfish off de dock was gettin excited. yah boy said dat der is some serrrious chub action. so ya boy casts his 200 pund tess rockfish line out to catch de grandaddy chub.

    i looked at frenchie and said shes gon off her head. aint no way dem chubs would take dat der. de hugfish guy juss said duneenwurrywif it. and before jus like dat yah boy hooked into de grandaddy chub.

    we guys cuddent believe it yah boy yucked dat 200 pun test and jigged de chubs lips right off his face.

    ya boy frenchie shouted out - "De lips is still fightin!!!!!!!!!!!"

    i cuddent believe it. de hugfish guy fought de chub lips for like 30 minuts den he finally broght it up on de duck. yah boy was exzausted. yah boy just flopped out on de grass next to de lips until dey stopped flippen around i looked at frenchie and was at a loss for wurds. i cuddent believe it. We guys gave de hugfish guy de rest of de burrs we guys had and gave him a dap and packed it up for de day

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  21. Bermudianna says:

    too bad what is not publicized is the fact that this fish is near to becoming extinct

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  22. Nice CATCH says:

    Send it JAPAN !! MATE !! It's worth more !! spend the extra bit of dollars to flyy it out !!

    LOL.

    GOOD CATCH !!

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  23. Zette says:

    Bie fat off......Laughing my tail off....you've got the Bermudian accent down pat. You Bie's are crazy.....did your mate catch some too.

    I'm gonna cut and paste and send to my friends....too funny. Thanks for that. LOL

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  24. Cory says:

    My wife and I are enjoying it right now with our sushi dinner at home, yum. Thank you mr. Fish and mr. Card. It's vey nice but I don't see how the Japanese pay thousands of dollars per pound...it looks like steak next to our other sushi.

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  25. Sushi freak says:

    Flipping out over my awesome sashimi without having to spend a fortune flying to NY and going to expensive restaurants. Thank you Capt. Congrats! Looking for more tomorrow....

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  26. Cherie says:

    GREAT JOB DREW!!!
    Save me a chunk and I'll catch a flight from Detroit tomorrow!
    Cherie

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  27. Barbara Cooper says:

    Talk about "tight lines" !

    Well done !

    Hooks

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  28. SALT ROCK says:

    weve got some on sushi special this evening. sit in only. 234-4503.

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  29. Th says:

    thanks for killing it. Next generations appreciate it.

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  30. Dave Mills says:

    Great Catch. I wouldn't be suprised if the National Marine Fiisheries Service immediately dispatched their quick strike team to try and figure out a way to screw this fisherman out of his catch!!!

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  31. Fishtastic says:

    This is kind of really sad....even if sharks DID bite the tail off. Sports fishing is kind of taking it's toll on the biggest of the big fish species. That's my huge catches are so uncommon now.

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