- Devin Zelck, 18, from Massachusetts caught her first Bluefin Friday – it was huge
- She and her dad took turns reeling in the giant fish every 45 minutes for 10 hours
- The big tuna finally gave up after dragging the boat nine miles from its anchor
- It measured 106 inches and weighed 700 pounds and could be worth $7,000
- Zelck said she’ll put the money from her catch towards her college education
An 18-year-old girl from Massachusetts caught a 700-pound Bluefin tuna — after she and her dad took turns reeling it in for 10 hours on Friday.
‘I was shocked! It was huge,’ Devin Zelck, whose father is a commercial fisherman, told the FOX station Boston 25. ‘We saw it come up onto the surface and we were like, “Oh my goodness”.’
Zelck said she was fast asleep on the deck of the boat Dogbar at 7am when the fish took the bait.
‘I woke up to my dad’s screaming, ‘We’re on, we’re on!,’ she said.
It was the teen’s first bluefin tuna, but it wasn’t an easy catch.
Zelck said she and her dad would switch off reeling in the fish every 45 minutes.
Bluefin tunas usually take only about two-and-a-half hours to reel in, the station reported. This fight lasted 10 hours.
‘After an hour we realized this fish was not going to give up,’ Devin told Eagle Tribune.
‘It was tiring. I’m only 18. I’m definitely not the strongest. It was definitely challenging for me.’
Her father, Steve Zelck, a commercial fisherman out of Gloucester, told the outlet: ‘It takes everything you’ve got. I’ve still got blisters on my hand.’
Finally, after dragging the boat nine miles from its anchor, the gigantic fish gave up its fight.
‘It was just so exciting,’ Zelck said. ‘Like you have to be there, like you have to catch it yourself to know how exciting it is.’
She was on the line at the time and cranked the rod to get the fish to the surface.
Her dad and the boat’s captain got a rope around the tuna’s tail and hauled it aboard.
The teen said credit should go to her father and the captain, but her proud dad told Boston 25 that ‘She was just instrumental in the whole fight’.
The captain told Eagle Tribune: ‘That’s a good way to start off her career. She’s a tough cookie.’
The girl said her ‘dad caught his first tuna at 13, so it’s kind of been a competition between me and my brother,’ she said.
Her father said his biggest tuna was a 1,000-plus-pound tuna he landed when he was 13 years old.
The group took the fish, measuring 106 inches long and weighing more than 700 pounds, to a fish broker in Gloucester and hoped to net around $7,000 for the catch at a $10 per pound rate.
Bluefin tuna sell for $6 to $12 a pound.
Zelck said she didn’t know how much it sold for yet and that she’ll put the money towards her college education, Boston 25 reported.