Kayak Fishing Ultimate Resource

Friday, 06 November 2009 09:25

Big fish landed in little kayak off Provincetown

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)


PROVINCETOWN — After a Nantucket sleigh ride off Race Point, Dave Lamoureux landed a 157-pound bluefin tuna yesterday — from his kayak.

"I fought it for about three hours," Lamoureux said. "It probably took another hour to paddle back in."

Lamoureux, a trader from Chicago and part-time Yarmouth resident, has been tilting at kayak fishing records since August. That means paddling a 12-foot-long hunk of plastic out into the open ocean and targeting tuna.

Why tempt fate and powerful fish? "I'm an adrenaline seeker," he said.

And tuna don't give up easy.

"It fights till it dies," said Lamoureux, who added that a tuna once towed him (and his kayak) more than five miles offshore.

"You go for a sleigh ride," Lamoureux said. "At high speed first, and then you slow down. It becomes a vertical fight after that, and then periodically it runs, you know, and you go with it."

He pulled the sea-beast to shore, then a boater helped him tow it to Fisherman's Wharf.

Lamoureux was aiming to beat the world record for unassisted paddle-out kayak fishing for any species, which he believed to be 187-pounds. The Cape Cod Times was unable to verify any official records by press deadline last night, but it was enough to impress Austin Proudfoot of the Goose Hummock Shop, the Orleans sporting goods store where the tuna was officially weighed.

"It's unheard of," Proudfoot said. "To harvest a fish of this size and quality, it really is a special thing."

Proudfoot said Lamoureaux landed the tuna using a seven-foot Van Staal rod and a Fin-Nor offshore reel, considered a heavy spin fishing combo.

"He's setting himself way, way far out of the crowd with what he's doing. It's great," Proudfoot said.

Lamoureux plans to eat the tuna, with help from friends, and perhaps some wasabi.

Staff writers Mary Ann Bragg, Jason Kolnos and Eric Williams contributed to this report.


Last modified on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 07:43
adam hayes

About the Author: Adam Hayes is an avid kayak angler and the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com. He enjoys spending time on the water with his friends and family and really just about anything than involves growing the sport of kayak fishing.


Please login to post a comment.

Get the YakAngler Newsletter!

Keep tabs on all the latest from YakAngler.

Latest From The Forum

    • sophiagrace77's Avatar
    • Fish Pics Report!
    • Hello @shagnwagon Don't worry about your truck it will work again soon... These types of issue always come.
    • 3 hours 40 minutes ago
    • sophiagrace77's Avatar
    • First reds in my 2018 PA14
    • Nice Job @Trent Steege :) Happy to see your this "First reds in my 2018 PA14" video ! This is really appreciable work !!!
    • 3 hours 46 minutes ago
    • Yakcraz's Avatar
    • Pescador Pro 120 Here I come!!
    • I had the pescador pro 100. It's basically the same as the 12 only shorter with no rudder options. It was a great yak. stable, comfortable, & plenty...
    • 4 hours 13 minutes ago
    • Yakcraz's Avatar
    • Need Hook with Big Eye
    • Owner, VMC, Gamakatsu, inline single hooks work great with split rings on most hard lures. Rapala is putting them standard on some of their saltwater...
    • 4 hours 20 minutes ago
    • Kightfishin's Avatar
    • PVC kayak storage rack
    • Here they are let me know if you have questions. I glued together the vertical supports so nothing can pop loose there and then the whole thing can...
    • 5 hours 58 minutes ago

More Topics »