Survivor Rudy Reels In Big Fish

Monday, July 3rd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — If only ``Survivor'' castaway Rudy Boesch could have reeled in a tuna while he was on the island of Pulau Tiga.

Boesch, 72, competing in a fishing tournament in his hometown of Virginia Beach, had Saturday's largest catch when he reeled in a 115-pound bluefin tuna after fighting the fish for more than an hour. The event offered up to $2 million for anyone catching a blue marlin larger than 1,000 pounds.

Boesch has gained celebrity as one of the 16 people in the CBS hit left to fend for themselves on the island off the coast of Borneo to compete for a $1 million prize.

On the episodes that have been broadcast so far, the castaways have subsisted mostly on rice because their efforts to catch fish have been unsuccessful.