A lot of us have been on some basic fishing trips, reeling in a few bass, trout, some catfish and maybe even some big ol’ muskie and pike… the kind of fish that make us feel like kings and queens of the lake.
However, growing up in upstate South Carolina, and a guy who has never been deep sea fishing before in his life, it’s hard for me to imagine reeling in an absolute monster, like this woman from New Hampshire did.
Last October, lifetime angler Michelle Bancewicz Cicale of Seabrook, New Hampshire, reeled in the catch of her life… by herself.
And we’re talking about a 643-pound Bluefin Tuna.
When you see the video of Cicale trying to get the massive fish into her boat named “No Limits,” it’s mindboggling how much bigger this fish is than her.
It looks like it’ll sink the boat…
I mean seriously, one would think this is a David and Goliath story.
This specific catch was much larger than the average Bluefin Tuna, as National Geographicstates that the average Atlantic Bluefin Tuna is 6.5 feet in length, and 550 pounds.
And perhaps the most mindboggling part, is the fact that this is only half of the New Hampshire state record for Bluefin Tuna in New Hampshire, as Garth Morin, Bruce DelleChiaie, and Rick Green landed a 962-pounder back in 2013, according to On The Water.
The word record comes in just shy of a whopping 1,500 pounds.
However, the Twitter crowd didn’t take too fondly of the catch, as the video drew a number of “but why?” type of responses.
Never had sushi? What do you think a tuna looks like?
Needless to say, the clueless Twitter mob let her have it:
Awful shame to see a noble fish like that pulled up on a hook for sushi .
Clearly, folks on Twitter never caught a fish in their life…
And while the heavy sushi and sashimi demand has drastically reduced the population of Atlantic bluefin tuna (some of these bad boys can fetch over a million dollars per fish), populations have been rising in recent years thanks to conservation efforts.
In fact, according to national Geographic, the Atlantic bluefin tuna has been removed from the endangered species list.