On February 19, Donna Pascoe of New Zealand found herself fighting a massive Pacific bluefin tuna for over four hours. After she managed to land the beast, crew members began congratulating her—they told her she just took the new world record.

According to the Houhora Big Game & Sport Fishing Club, Pascoe’s fish weighed in at just over 907 pounds. If that weight stands, it would make the catch more than 167 pounds heavier than the current world record kept on-file by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).

“Once we had the fish, I was so excited that my arms and legs could have fallen off and I wouldn’t have noticed,” Pascoe told the Saltwater Sportsman when she was back on dry land. “I think adrenalin is a great thing and it certainly kept me going.”

Pascoe was onboard the charter boat Gladiator near Three Kings Island when the large tuna struck. It was not until three hours into the fight that the fish surfaced for the first time, and Pascoe described reeling in the tuna as similiar to fighting a “freight train.”

The angler has since submitted documentation to the New Zealand Sportfishing Council, which in turn will send it off to IGFA. Pascoe is currently in the running for both women’s record for bluefin on rod and reel as well as the all-tackle record. Pascoe added that she is especially proud of her catch “because it beats all the boys.”

The current record for Pacific bluefin tuna is a 739-pound, six-ounce fish reeled in by Nathan Adams in 2012 near Otago, New Zealand.

Image screenshot of video by Chaoonnews on YouTube

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  • CitymanMichael

    Really nice fish – just don’t understand why she feels so proud because she “beat all the boys”???

    • Bill Miller

      Being worth about 20k would be any reason to be proud … nope not at all

      • CitymanMichael

        Hi Bill, yes, anyone would be as proud as punch to catch that fish – heaviest I have had on my boat is 650 pounds. The value of the fish, to me, is completely immaterial as I release all the Tuna. But to claim a record it needs to be weighted ashore. My point was why was she proud because she “beat all the boys”?

      • hijinx60

        She has the right to be proud, and should be, whether it is for beating the boys. beating the fish or breaking the record by over 167 lbs. I would be … and so would you.

      • CitymanMichael

        Yes, I would be as proud as punch – but NOT because I – “beat all the girls” – that is just stupid.

      • Glenn H

        I totally disagree with you on this, she has every reason to brag!
        How many times does a woman hear the words(just man up), yep we all give the girls plenty of reasons to howl when they do get it right!
        So STFU and let her have her moment in the sun, it’s well deserved!

      • CitymanMichael

        Glenn, I completely agree with you – the term “man up” is a disgusting thing to say to any human being – it is like saying you must live up to an imposed ideal.
        Regarding bragging – I also completely agree with you. Any person catching a close on 1000 pound BFT is well entitled to brag.
        You seem to have missed my point in that my only problem is why she should state that she was proud because she “beat all the boys”. It comes across to me as a particularly misandric attitude.

  • Wolfy

    Nice baby tuna… Come try the atlantic

    • Mike

      Just like you do right?

  • Robin Fromla

    Poor fish

    • detroitheat

      Poor fish hell, that fish is worth about $ 500,000 if not more, I say lucky lady…..

  • hawaiian

    how is this a WORLD RECORD when I saw a guy catch a 1200 pound bluefin tuna on “Wicked Tuna” ?

    • patpat

      On wicked tuna they use heavy line that isnt IGFA aprroved, they fish out of the rod holders and use harpoons which are automatic disqualifications

  • patpat

    Fish cannot be sold as it was not caught on a commercial vessel

    • gizzyfriz

      So what does one do w/ a fish that large if they can’t sell it?

    • Kanaka

      That’s where your mistaken. The fish can be sold to a broker or taken to an auction. Just she ain’t going to get no money from it because the fish belongs to the charter..

      • Glenn H

        If she was on a paid charter trip that would be her fish! Every time I’ve been on a charter trip the fish I caught came home with me, not the captain.