Story by Rick GaffneyJust two days before the boats were pulled from the water ending the year 2000 fishing season, Midway Atoll delivered another significant world record claim. This one is a 44 pound 6 ounce Giant trevally landed by William McCue on 6 pound test line, on October 19, 2000.
McCue was fishing inside Midway's lagoon, on one of Midway Sport Fishing's 22' center console boats, with Captain Mike Crosier. The fish, which sported two tags indicating that it had been caught at least twice previously, was weighed, measured, photographed and released alive. It easily tops the previous IGFA World Record of 28 pounds 10 ounces, caught in Australia in 1997.
McCue is also a license captain who has developed a reputation for his prowess in locating and catching Ulua for his guests. Less than a month before landing his pending world record catch, McCue skippered for Honolulu angler Mike House and picked up three Ulua estimated at 100 pounds and above. They also managed a 35 pounder for their quarry that day, along with several other species such as Hamachi, Black Grouper, and Uku.
McCue was 3 -for-17 prior to catching his record claim. Midway also produced the women's world record for Giant trevally on 6 pound test line (38 pounds 11 ounces) and has delivered 18 IGFA world records since it was first opened to anglers in 1997.
For more information on fishing at Midway go to www.fishdive.com or call 1-888-BIG ULUA.
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