My daughter is 9 and only weighs 5 stone but caught a HUGE 28 stone bluefin tuna – we couldn’t believe how big it was
A nine-year-old girl caught a bluefin tuna almost six times heavier than her – weighing 28 stone.
Izzy Crotty, who is around 5th, snagged the monster while sea fishing with his dad.
She spent half an hour rolling it up and the rod had to be tied to the boat to prevent the youngster from being pulled overboard.
The catch would be worth around £70,000 in parts of the world where it is still legal to catch to eat.
But the species is protected in the UK, so it can only be caught from August to November for scientific tagging purposes before being released.
Papa John, 35, said: ‘We couldn’t believe how big it was.
“It was only Izzy’s second outing and it was the first fish. We were about 20 miles out.
“The fish started out pretty slow and then it started running. It took us about half an hour to get it back alongside the boat.”
Izzy was fishing off Plymouth, Devon, on charter boat Fortuna, one of 25 vessels allowed to take part in the tagging scheme introduced last year.
This gives anglers a three-month window to experience the “once in a lifetime” thrill of catching big fish they would otherwise have had to travel to the Caribbean for.
Since bluefin tuna became protected, the sea off the south west coast of England has seen a resurgence of the giant species and is now a world class fishery for them.
John, a farmer from Crediton, Devon, said: ‘It was even heavier than me and I’m 6ft so it was a lot heavier than Izzy.
“She was excited but exhausted. She slept well that night.
Mark Jury, owner of Fortuna Charters, added: “It was amazing to watch a nine-year-old girl catch a fish six times her weight.
“Izzy is going to be one hell of a fisherwoman. She gave it a great effort and used all her strength to roll up the monster.
Atlantic bluefin tuna reach around 6 feet 6 inches long and can often weigh around 40 pounds.
The largest ever caught was snagged off Nova Scotia, Canada in 1979, which weighed in at over 106ths.