“National Fisherman” Features 1000lb Bluefin

April 9, 2014

National Fisherman magazine is featuring Bermudian commercial fisherman David Soares following his 1000lb bluefin tuna catch late last year.

In December 2013, Mr. Soares, on board the Kerry D, caught a massive bluefin tuna that tipped the scales at 1003.5lbs. Mr. Soares reeled in the fish single-handedly after a two hour battle off Challenger Banks; it was brought to shore at the Spanish Point Boat Club, where a crane truck came and weighed the fish. Mr Soares eventually sold the fish to the MEF Restaurant group.

David Soares with his 1003.5lb bluefin tuna:

bluefin tuna bermuda dec 2013 (2)

In an article dubbed “Big fish, small island,” National Fisherman says, “It wasn’t just a big one. It was the big one. After the fish took him two miles in reverse and fought a “straight up and down battle” for two hours, Soares reeled in a bluefin tuna weighing 1,003 pounds, gutted and gilled. It was the biggest one ever caught in Bermuda.”

The massive bluefin tuna hangs on display on the day it was caught:

bluefin tuna bermuda dec 2013 (1)

“Once you learn more about Soares, the monster catch is an achievement but not a surprise. At 43, the third-generation commercial fisherman has been fishing from Bermuda for 25 years.

“His grandfather was the island’s last whaler and last person to build and sail a trade schooner. Soares has caught four of the 10 bluefin tuna landed in Bermuda, which also included a 630-pounder in November 2009 and a pair on the same day — weighing 403 pounds and 395 pounds — in February of 2012.”

To read the full article on National Fisherman’s website, click here.

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  1. YA BOY! says:

    how much does a pound of fish go for? This man got paid!

    • jt says:

      Depends on how it is graded. Low end $12 – high end $25.

  2. me says:

    Such a great thing to happen to an awesome guy! Keep fishing David!

  3. Worker says:


    • Herb Adderley says:

      Sushi was AWESOME…well done David lets have some more

  4. Dey teow mee…dat if u cook de sushi……………tasteses just like fish!