Prolific Soares lands 471lb tuna

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  • That’s a whopper: Commercial fisherman David Soares with his 471lb tuna (Photograph by Akil Simmmons)

    That’s a whopper: Commercial fisherman David Soares with his 471lb tuna (Photograph by Akil Simmmons)

  • Commercial fisherman David Soares with his 471lb tuna (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Commercial fisherman David Soares with his 471lb tuna (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

  • It took David Soares half an hour to land this whopping tuna (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    It took David Soares half an hour to land this whopping tuna (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

  • Commercial fisherman David Soares with a 471lb tuna (Photograph by Akil Simmmons)

    Commercial fisherman David Soares with a 471lb tuna (Photograph by Akil Simmmons)


Record-breaking commercial fisherman David Soares is celebrating another big catch after landing a 471lb tuna.

Mr Soares was fishing alone near Challenger Banks at about 10am on Friday when he hooked the massive bluefin tuna.

He said: “I knew it was big right away. It took about 400 yards of line off the reel right away. It took about half an hour to land.”

The third-generation fisherman said he was not surprised by the size of the fish when it was pulled in.

Mr Soares: “I have caught bigger fish before. Last year I set the record when I landed one that weighed 1,004lbs.

“You get these type of fish once a year or once every other year.”

The 1,004lb giant bluefin tuna that Mr Soares landed last year was the heaviest recorded in the island’s history, beating the previous record, which Soares also set.

Asked if there was a secret hind his big catches, he said: “I don’t have any secrets. I just put the time in.”

Mr Soares said the fish was sold to the MEF group of restaurants, although he declined to tell the amount.

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Published Feb 5, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Feb 5, 2018 at 8:00 am)

Prolific Soares lands 471lb tuna

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