A 109lb Yellowtail: A World Record Monster

Yellowtail can be found in several places in the world (they are known as Yellowtail Kingfish in Australia and New Zealand) and they have a yellow color on their tails and on their bodies

Not to be confused with yellowfin tuna, yellowtail can grow to a certain size, and every once in a while, a particularly large one is caught on a successful fishing trip

Any fish that weighs more than 100 pounds is a sight to behold

Any angler who can catch a fish over 100 pounds is definitely more impressive

In this article, we highlight some of the details surrounding the California yellowtail’s most terrifying world record-breaking record, as well as other yellowtail-related records as well

The fish caught by Masakazu Taniwaki was 6181 inches long and broke the previous world record that had stood for about five years

The current world record for California Yellowtail is held by Masakazu Taniwaki who caught his largest fish on October 24, 2009

He was fishing in Ohara, Chiba, Japan with a lipple angler Aguira 76 rod, Shimano stell 10000 xg reel, and Yotsuami line and original pencil bait

His fish, which turned out to be the largest yellowtail ever caught, weighed 109 pounds and 2 ounces

Masakazu broke the previous world record that had stood for about five years

The previous record for a California yellowtail was 92 pounds so this shows just how impressive this big fish was

The fish that Masakazu Taniwaki set the record with a length of 6181 inches as well

If all this was not enough, the fishermen landed a monster fish in just 12 minutes!

Considering this joint world record was set and tied in the 1980s, it seems to have stood the test of time and no one can break it

There are currently two record holders for the southern yellowtail record

The joint world record is set at 114 pounds 10 ounces

One record holder is fisherman David Lugton who caught his giant yellowtail off White Island, New Zealand on 9 January 1987

He was using his Kilwell rod, Penn 114 HL reel, and Erskine line

The joint record holder is fisherman Mike Godfrey who landed his yellowtail in Tauranga, New Zealand

To land it, Mike was using a Kilwell rod, Penn 114-H reel, and Amilan-T line

Considering this record was set and tied in the 1980s, it seems to have stood the test of time and no one can break it for decades

A 114kg fish is formidable so the fact that two have been caught is something both anglers can be very proud of

Other impressive records associated with yellowtail include the 30-pound line record set by Kevin Pfeif in August 2004

Kevin landed a yellowtail weighing 92 pounds 1 ounce on Guadalupe Island, Mexico

When caught, the record-breaking yellowtail measured 6375 inches long and had a diameter of 33 inches

It’s not just male anglers who are catching world record yellowtail either

Take angler Renee Shoberg, for example, who set the women’s record for 30-pound line with her 48-pound catch

Another large yellowtail caught by a female angler is the women’s line record holder of 50 pounds

This world record is held by Agnes Jones who caught a 56 kg 9 ounce fish at Alijos Rocks, Baja California, Mexico

To catch her heavy fish, Agnes used a Kunnan Model HR5980C rod, Penn International 50 reel, Ande line, and sardines as bait

Not only was this yellowtail over 56 pounds but it was also 5225 inches long and had a diameter of 23 inches

Alijos Rocks, Baja California, Mexico seems to be a great place to be if you are fishing for big yellowtail

On November 12, 1998, angler Brian Buddell set the 50-pound class record with his catch of 80 pounds, 11 ounces

When he set the record, he was using a Calstar 610 rod, a 30-gauge Signature Reel, and Izorline mono line baited with sardines

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