For the first time in almost 14 years, a giant Bluefin tuna is poised to crack into the Top 5 of the Louisiana record books. On Saturday, about 120 miles southwest of Grand Isle in the Green Canyon near the Neptune platform, 14-year-old Kaleb Richardson of Lafayette reeled in a monster that officially tipped the scales at 835 pounds. The Bluefin was 113 inches long, with a massive 86-inch girth, and a biologist estimated the big female was about 15 years old.
With an assist from a Come-Along borrowed from a neighboring boat, the massive bluefin finally came aboard. “When we pulled it in the deck, I thought it might have been a state record,” Richardson said. “The formula on it says it would be around 900 pounds, and we weighed it Sunday at 835 (pounds), and the people who run those numbers and do a lot of tuna fishing say it probably lost 50 pounds overnight.”