Local fisherman breaks the albacore or “longfin” tuna record, according to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Local Matthew Florio’s 78-pound albacore smashed the 1984 mark by 3.4 ounces.
Florio caught the big longfin tuna when chunking off Luna Sea near the east elbow of Hudson Canyon in October.
Matthew caught the fish on a Kevin Bogan 30 Stand Up rod and Penn 30 reel with 60-pound monofilament. The department said the bait was butterfish. “The new record albacore tuna was 48 and 3/8 inches long and 37 inches wide.”
The fisherman’s albacore was 10 pounds smaller than the world record capture, an 88-pound behemoth from Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, in November 1977.
Albacore tuna can swim above 50 mph and move in schools up to 19 miles wide, according to NOAA. These tropical fish inhabit the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.
East Coast Fisherman Surprises.
A Rhode Island fisherman caught a separate catch in his nets at the same time as Florio’s. The angler and his team unexpectedly caught a World War II bomb four miles off Block Island while trolling.
The fisherman called the Coast Guard, which needed Navy help. Navy Device Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit 12 identified the explosive as a World War II MK6 depth charge and took it from the ship.
The ordnance disposal crew detonated the device underwater the next day, away from unwary fishermen looking for trolls.
In these instances, the Coast Guard prioritizes people and the environment. To protect people and wildlife, the U.S. Navy coordinated detonation with the State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and NOAA.
A Navy official also advised citizens to report potential explosives to authorities.
The Navy spokeswoman advised against touching any suspected munitions. As with the fisherman, calling the U.S. Coast Guard is essential for maritime discoveries.
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If ordnance is found on land or a beach, call the police.
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