When three buddies from Dracut, Massachusets booked a fishing trip with a captain from the reality TV show Wicked Tuna they had an idea things might get interesting, but nothing prepared them for the behemoth they were about to catch! The three men, Greg Looney, Brian Keefe and Michael St. Jean hit the jackpot on the fishing trip when the came upon a 920 pound Bluefin Tuna!
“It was surreal, just amazing. Really a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Kevin Leonowert, captain of the Huntress and known for his time on Wicked Tuna said the 9 foot Bluefin Tuna was the largest one he’d seen fishing off Gloucester Harbor that year! It took them near three hours to bring in the monstrosity, and was no doubt quite the battle!
“I couldn’t believe the power of this thing. It almost ripped my shoulder out”
This was a team effort, by all accounts as they rotated reeling the tuna in during the three hour battle every 15 minutes before needing a break. The fish that they described to look “like a whale, just an absolute monster” dragged the boat a total of 4 1/2 miles before giving in.
“We were all screaming and yelling” said Keefe “It was awesome. Just an opportunity of a lifetime” though he also mentioned that the battle was not all fun and games, as he eventually lost the ability to use his arms!
“My Arms still hurt, but it doesn’t matter… It’s all worth it in the end.”
We couldn’t agree more! As for captain Leonowert, he said hes caught larger tunas. but this one was the most difficult to bring in so far!