The world's largest yellowfin tuna, breaking the previous record by 22 pounds, will escape recognition officials say because of a technicality on who touched who's pole.
The rod that reeled in the 427.9-pound fish last Thursday off the coast of Purto Vallarta, Mexico was assisted by a deckhand the crew admitted, breaking the rules set by the International Game Fish Association for an unassisted catch.
Because of that technicality, the beast wrestled from the water for a half an hour by Robert Pedigo, though with the help of a local captain working as a deckhand, will go unrecognized in the books.
Catch of the day: The 427-pound yellowfin tuna caught off the Mexican coast last week will go unrecognized by record officials after its reel was assisted by a deckhand. Other fish in the sea: Danny Osuna who assisted the catch says he has caught previous yellowfin tuna in the high 300 pound weight but the one caught Thursday by Robert Pedigo was entirely out of the ordinary
'We're fine with that,' the deckhand Danny Osuna told Fox News after hearing the news with Mr Pedigo. 'Actually, we never even thought the fish would be that big.'
The largest yellowfin tuna caught was in November of 2010, weighing 405 pounds, according to the IGFA's website. It was caught by Mike Livingston in Magdalena Bay, Baja Sur, Mexico.
'We have heard of the catch on various fishing forums and websites and are pleased to hear that the angler and crew are being up front about such an impressive catch, and are respecting the IGFA rules,' IGFA World Record Coordinator Jack Vitek said in a statement to Fox News.
Mr Pedigo and Mr Osuna, as well as the others on the sportfisher boat named the Journeyman last Thursday, celebrated they said not by selling their find, but feasting before giving any leftovers away.
'I do this for a living and we're really hardcore fishermen,' Mr Osuna said. 'We have caught a lot of fish in the high 300s, but this is the first time we've caught something like this.'
'The best feeling we have is that we caught the biggest yellowfin on rod and reel,' Mr Osuna told Phil Friedman Outdoors.