Kyle Davis landed this huge Little Tunny but had no idea it was a state record at the time.
Photo | Courtesy of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) recently reported on how a local angler “accidentally” set a state fishing record.
According to the story, Kyle Davis of Irvington was taking part in the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. When he pulled up a little tunny — also known as a bonito — he first considered using it for bait to attract a shark.
“I was fishing for blackfin tuna in 1,200 feet of water,” Davis told ADCNR. “It was not the location I normally go fishing. I’m only on a 21-foot boat. I pushed 74 miles out. I go out a little farther, and we got into a good school of bonito.
“We were catching them in varying sizes, some like that one. We were cutting them in half to freeze them for bait. We decided to keep that one to turn in at the rodeo. We had no idea we had a…