How's this for a fish story. Word that this year's El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon would produce spectacular fishing off California led Don Giberson five months ago to quit his job as vice president of sales at a Silicon Valley computer company and devote his summer to angling. His predictions were right. In the last five months Giberson said he has landed more than 700 albacore.
None was as impressive as the albacore tuna he landed Wednesday off of Santa Cruz. He reeled in a 90-pounder that is expected to break a 20-year-old world sportfishing record for the species. The world's current sportfishing record for albacore is an 88-pound, 2-ounce fish caught Nov. 19, 1977, by Seigfried Dickemann off Spain's Canary Islands. Records can take up to six months to verify.
"I'm just so thankful," Giberson said. "To hold a world record for anything, it's just like a dream come true."
The fish was three times the normal size for an albacore. He landed the lug on 30-pound test monofilament, considered lightweight tackle for such a fish.