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Sunday 20 April 2014

Catch of the day!

Fishermen land monster 630lb tuna off Mullaghmore

Proud skipper Declan Kilgannon (right) with the 630lb tuna he landed at Mullaghmore; left: the huge tuna as it landed at Mullaghmore.

A dream come through is how fisherman Declan Kilgannon has described landing one of the biggest tuna seen in Sligo for many years.

The blue fin tuna weighing 630 pounds was landed at Mullaghmore last Wednesday night.

It was as a result of a four-hour grappling match with the giant fish.

Declan, who runs Offshore Waters Sports, was out that morning since 5am with colleague, Michael Czubala.

They had a hunch a big tuna was in the waters. "We were targeting tuna. We had seen the signs for a while. Tuna hasn't been around Sligo for several years but the way weather has been meant conditions were favourable.

"We just got lucky," says Declan.

The tuna was hooked by rod and line but as Declan points out these would be fairly powerful.

"It's a dream come true for me.

"Never has a tuna that size been landed in Sligo before," he says.

They were about 28 miles from Mullaghmore and about to head for home when they spotted the tuna.

"We were searching for him for a while and we could see him. Tuna come to the surface regularly," says Declan.

He says tuna fishing was strong in Sligo in the early 2000s.

"Since then however it just hasn't happened with the terrible weather we've been having."

The giant tuna was transported to Greencastle in County Donegal.

From there it was brought to London for grading.

"If it is classified as high grade tuna then it might be auctioned and it could end up somewhere like Japan," says Declan.

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