Texas fisherman catches 876-pound record-breaking fish
It's a big fish.
After a Texan fisherman wrapped a monster fish in mid-April, he can finally brag about breaking the record. Although, given the size of the fish, he probably had no problem bragging about it.
Troy Lancaster caught an 876-pound bluefin tuna while fishing near Port Arnasa, Texas, KXXV reports. The previous record for this type of fish was set in 1985 when an 808 pound tuna was caught.
Lancaster caught the massive fish on April 13th, but the record was only just officially recognized by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
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Catching fish like this in Texas is harder than it looks. Federal law prevents anglers from intentionally catching this type of fish in the Gulf. However, a fisherman can pay a special permit to catch bluefin tuna larger than 30 cm if it is accidentally caught.
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Anglers must also report this catch within 24 hours.
The Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation posted a report on the record breaking fish on Facebook, congratulating Lancaster and thanking him for letting researchers collect samples of the fish.
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The Port Aransas South Jetty, a local newspaper, also reported the catch on Facebook. Lancaster first hooked the monster fish around 9:20 a.m., according to the news agency. It wasn't until 6:30 in the evening that he could finally land. It reportedly took over an hour to get the fish onto the boat.
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