Two giant tuna caught by Takitimu Seafoods last Wednesday have been sold for a combined total of $46,000.

"Danielle" skipper Steve Harvey and his crew hauled in the 230kg northern blue fin tuna as well as another 135kg tuna after the week-long expedition.

An average-size tuna caught would normally weigh between 40-60kg.

The fish were sent to Japan almost 24 hours after bringing them back to shore, where they were sold on the Japanese market.

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Steve Harvey with one of the two giant Tuna caught by Takitimu Seafoods. Photo / Warren Buckland
Steve Harvey with one of the two giant Tuna caught by Takitimu Seafoods. Photo / Warren Buckland

The crew are on a percentage wage, and earn what they catch, meaning the morale on the boat was one of pure joy.

Harvey said at the time that he still gets a real high from bringing in the big tuna.

"I've been doing it for 28 years and I still get a real buzz when we get something like this," Harvey said.