Central Washington University student sets state record with 39.2-pound tuna

A Central Washington University student has set a new state record by catching a 39.2-pound bluefin tuna off the coast, the Washington Department of Fis and Wildlife announced Tuesday.

Sam Ellinger of Ellensburg caught the 41-inch fish 28 miles offshore southwest of Grays Harbor, while bait fishing with anchovies.

"Catching a fish this size was pretty exhausting," Ellinger said in a WDFW-prepared statement. "We didn't know what we hooked until we got it on the boat."

According to the WFW: “The new record exceeded the previous record Pacific bluefin tuna weight by 2.71 pounds. That record was held by Patrick Fagan on a fish caught 35 miles offshore from Westport in 2012.”