IGFA presents Mike Livingston with World Record certificate for new All-Tackle yellowfin tuna
The Fred Hall Show, billed as the ultimate outdoor experience, lived up to its claim on Thursday, March 10, 2011. History in the making is always a draw, and a large crowd of the show's attendees gathered in front the mount of the 405 lb yellowfin tuna that had shattered the existing all-tackle record.
IGFA President Rob Kramer was joined by Paxson Offield, Chairman of the IGFA’s Board of Trustees, along with another California Trustee, Michael Farrior, as he signed the World Record certificate for Michael Livingston for his world record yellowfin catch, as well as a special Captain's award for Vagabond Captain Michael Lackey.
Michael Livingston is an unassuming and soft-spoken retired school administrator who lives in Sunland, California. He commented that the excitement his catch has generated is overwhelming and he is awed by all the attention.
During the presentation, Kramer commented that Livingston's historic catch shattered the most coveted record of all for long-range anglers who take multi-day voyages for big fish on San Diego-based boats. Livingston's fish breaks the April 1, 1977 record of 388 lb 11 oz set by angler Curt Wiesenhutter on the Royal Polaris (then owned by Bill Poole) while fishing at Clarion Island of the Revillagigedo Islands. Kramer further commented that he was delighted to have the honor of delivering the award personally.