Mike Livingston, who last November caught a 405-pound yellowfin tuna aboard the San Diego-based Vagabond, is officially the all-tackle world record holder.
The International Game Fish Assn. has posted Livingston's catch on its online records page, crediting the angler for a record that had been held by Curt Wiesenhutter for 33 years. Wiesenhutter's fish, caught off Mexico's Revillagigedo Islands, weighed 388 pounds, 12 ounces.
Livingston, who lives in Sunland, Calif., caught his behemoth after a three-hour fight last Nov. 30 outside of Magdalena Bay, west of Baja California. The fish measured nearly 62 inches in girth and 86 inches from nose to tail.
Livingston, whose previous large tuna weighed 100 pounds, said he developed a rash while "worrying about how big this fish was going to be."
He was so worn out by the struggle that he quit fishing for the day and caught only one small tuna the remainder of the trip.
A crowd had gathered to meet the Vagabond and watch the weigh-in at at Point Loma Sportfishing. "When the scale hit that number it was like the Super Bowl here," said Livingston, 63, a retired school administrator.
In 1992, a 399-pound yellowfin was landed aboard the Polaris Supreme, but because more than one angler handled the rod the catch did not qualify as an IGFA record.
-- Pete Thomas
Photo of Mike Livingston (green shirt) and his record tuna is courtesy of Paul Sweeney and Bill Roecker / Fishingvideos.com