Hirayama catches a big bluefin tuna two years in a row
June 8, 2012 Yoko Morinaga, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo
On June 2, Hiroyuki Hirayama, a hobby fisherman from Nagoya, Aichi, pulled in a bluefin tuna 2.53 meters (8 feet 4 inches) long and weighing 287.5 kilograms (634 pounds) when fishing off Kumejima Island. It was his second such catch in two years. When he got back to Kanegusuku Port, fishing companions and local people welcomed he and praised him for his efforts.
Last year also, under the guidance of Takashi Nakamichi, the captain of the Taka-maru, and a member of the Kumejima Island Fisherman’s Association, Hirayama also landed a bluefin tuna of 286 kilograms (631 pounds). This year he pulled in a tuna in just about one hour.
“The fishing off Kumejima Island just is fantastic! Next year, I want to catch a tuna weighing over 300 kilograms (661 pounds),” he said with a smile.
(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)
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