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World-Record Yellowfin Is A USD 1M Catch United States, March 4, 13


A 427-pound yellowfin tuna that could be the all-tackle, world record for the species

Guy Yocom of Dana Point said he has received his first USD 20,000 installment on the USD 1 million prize from Mustad for using the company’s hook to land that all-tackle, world-record, 427-pound yellowfin tuna last September off Cabo San Lucas.

Yocom confirmed that Mustad is honoring its commitment to pay him USD 1 million for the world-record catch as part of its “Hook A Million” promotion the world’s largest and oldest hook company ran last year. But there is a catch to the reward. Yocom said he will receive USD 20,000 each year for 50 years. At 55 years old, Yocom won’t see the final payments.

“No, more than likely my kids will get the last checks,” Yocom said. “That was the rules going into it. Am I OK with it? Absolutely. That was the rules. I’m not disappointed at all.”

Steve Tagami, director of sales for Mustad, said this “is an exciting time for the sport.” Bart Hall, producer of the Fred Hall Shows, said that Yocom will be honored March 7 by the IGFA at 2 p.m. at the upcoming Fred Hall Show in Long Beach. Hall said Mustad will present a symbolic check of USD 1 million to Yocom at the ceremony.

“Obviously, that will be a fake check,” Yocom said.

Yocom said he found out a month ago that Mustad had approved the catch and would award him USD 1 million for breaking the International Game Fish Association’s all-tackle, world record for yellowfin tuna. The previous IGFA mark had been the 405.2-pounder landed by Mike Livingston on Mike Lackey’s Vagabond back in December of 2010.

Another yellowfin, that 445-pounder caught in December by La Mesa electrician John Petruescu, remains the largest yellowfin ever landed on rod and reel. But that catch was ineligible by IGFA rules because Justin Fleck, captain of the Excel, helped Petruescu negotiate around the anchor line at the bow. That also was the case with the 427.9-pound yellowfin caught last April by Robert Pedigo off Puerto Vallarta. That fish also was disqualified because a deckhand touched the rod.