Rockfish tourney makes a big catch – a 265-pound tuna

As striped-bass anglers shuffled their catches in wheelbarrows to the weigh-ins for the ninth annual Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout, most of the crowd descended on a boom straining to lift a huge bluefin tuna onto another set of scales about a hundred yards down the dock.

J.T. Holt of Virginia Beach was on Team Pimp Fish Pirates when the tuna hit a parachute rig designed for the event’s targeted species.

After a 35-minute fight and a short ride down the beach to Rudee Inlet, Holt’s fish tipped the scales at 265 pounds. It could be worth several thousands of dollars — partly in tournament winnings and more from a tuna buyer on scene to purchase the fish.

Published by Hank Sibley Bluewater Yacht Sales

Hank Sibley Sales Professional Bluewater Yacht Sales Hampton, VA 804.337.1945 (Mobile) 757.788.7082 (Office) 757.723.3329 (Fax)

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