The terms of the family’s charter license say the business can keep one fish a year, so they dressed the fish and delivered it to market in the United States.
Jenna Gavin from Nova Scotia feasibly obliterated the International Game Fish Association’s female youth record for bluefin tuna by over 180 pounds, when the 12-year-old hauled a 618-pound fish from the waters of Northumberland Strait on October 7. Her massive bluefin could be the biggest fish ever caught by a girl between the ages of 11 and 16.
According to a story from GrindTV, Gavin and her parents, John and Chandra, who own Giant Bluefin Tuna Charters, went fishing that day with one goal in mind—to catch a record-sized bluefin. “When I was sitting in the chair, I was extremely nervous,” explains Gavin. “I was scared for when he bit. It was so amazing to feel his every move and to be able to get to feel him pulling with all his strength against you. I mean, it did hurt, yes it did, but it felt so cool.”
In order to beat the old record, Gavin had to reel in the fish without any assistance, per IGFA rules. Though her mother and the crew gave her advice, she fought the fish alone for nearly two hours, even when a passing pilot whale slapped her 130-pound line, momentarily lifting her out of the fighting chair. “We don’t have many small fish like that in Northumberland Strait, so we figured she should be able to break the record,” the girl’s mother told The Chronicle Herald. “I had faith in her that she could do it. She’s strong like her father. I just prayed she didn’t hook a real huge fish or a mean one.”