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Woman Catches 283kg Tuna


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Woman catches 283kg tuna

Te Aroha woman Wilma Robinson says she is "pretty rapt" to have caught a 283.3 kilogram Pacific blue fin tuna, which may set the world record for a female angler.

Robinson set out from Westport on Tuesday afternoon, reeled in the big fish 60km from the coast on Wednesday night and brought it in to be weighed at the wharf yesterday afternoon.

It took her an hour and 55 minutes to reel in the whopping fish. "It was a bit physical. I have discovered muscles on my biceps I didn't know I had," she said.

Robinson is a member of the Te Aroha Angling Club, which is affiliated with the International Game Fish Association.

She will have to send away the line, photos of the catch and copies of the scales certificate to the IGFA, for it to be assessed and verified as a world record.

She said the tuna would be filleted.

"It's too big to go on my wall, so we'll bring it home and eat it," she said.


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