No one can dispute 56-year-old Donna Pascoe, a mother of two from Aukland, New Zealand, is one tough lady.
She was recently awarded the prestigious Best World Record award at the International Gamefish Association Awards after she spent more than four hours reeling in a 907-pound Pacific bluefin tuna, reported New Zealand Herald.
"I hooked up at 9:10 a.m. with the reel screaming," Pascoe told the Saltwater Sportsman. "The fish never surfaced, so we had no idea what was on the other end. After three hours, the fish surfaced and the skipper yelled 'Tuna, world record!’"
Pascoe, who caught the massive fish on Feb. 19, shattered the previous record, which was a 777-pound tuna caught in Greymouth, New Zealand, in September 2014, reported International Business Times.
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"The line was peeling out like it was attached to a freight train," she said. "As usual, I was pretty nervous that I might get spooled. Thankfully, the fish stopped running and I was able to get a bit of line back in.”
Pascoe couldn’t pull in the tuna alone. “Four men could not pull it onto the boat, so had to be assisted by the boat anchor winch and even then it took half an hour to bring on board,” she said. She refused to let up during the four-hour struggle.
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"Once we had the fish, I was so excited that my arms and legs could have fallen off and I wouldn't have noticed," she said. "I think adrenaline is a great thing and it certainly kept me going.”
A fiberglass model of the tuna will be mounted in Aukland next week.
“Many people don't think women can fish but this just shows that we are just as capable and we can also beat men at it too,” she told the Daily Mail.
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