471 Pound Bluefin Tuna Caught & Served

February 3, 2018

[Written by Don Burgess]

On Friday, a fisherman who caught a huge bluefin tuna in the morning had it served to him at dinner later that night. David Soares says he was by himself in his boat the Kerry D around 10am off of Challenger Banks when he felt a tug on his line.

Fish being reeled in:


He said he knew he had something special “right away. It took out 400 feet of line right away. It took about 30 minutes to catch.” He added, “Bluefins are pretty rare around here. There are maybe 12 or 13 caught in Bermuda. I caught a big one once that was 1,004 pounds.

Being weighed in:

Blue Fin Tuna Bermuda Feb 2018 (2)

After bringing it back in, the MEF Group purchased the blue fin tuna, which weighed in at 471 pounds after being gutted. After the sale, Mr Soares said, “We had some of it last night at L’Oriental. It tasted excellent; fantastic.

Being served as Bluefin Tuna Sashimi at L’Oriental this weekend

Blue Fin Tuna Bermuda Feb 2018 (3)

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  1. puzzled says:

    I wonder where he ate it and sold it too.


  2. Scuba Steve says:

    Well done Sir. A very good catch indeed. Another example of a man risking his life for his livelihood. (I assume) simply beautiful

    • Rada Gast says:

      “Risking his life”? This isn’t some fishing reality show on TV.

  3. Lofl says:

    Congrats Sir…seems to me Kerry D is the top bluefin tuna killer!

  4. Truth says:

    Yea, and now Bluefin is even more rare thanks to this kill.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is barbaric and cruel.

    This life mattered.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      * This life mattered. *

      That’s what the MEF Group thought too !

    • Family Man says:

      If it helps you to feel better just think of all the little fishy lives that were saved from being eaten by this predator. Their lives matter too!

      The sardines of the sea thank you Mr. Soares.

  6. Dready says:

    Nice catch! Does it taste any different to yellowfin?

  7. Up D hill says:

    Awesome David Soares, I know your going to get a bigger one

  8. rodney smith says:

    A few months ago , I hooked something that I could not pull in . You think it could have been this Bluefin Tuna ? (smile). Great catch . I am so happy for you. Stay safe on the water.