A TRIP to Nova Scotia yielded four whopping blue fin tuna for Bournemouth man Neil Cooke and friend Mark Towers – including a monster that weighed in at 1,000lbs.

37-year-old Mr Cooke, who owns the Bournemouth Fishing Lodge, and Mr Towers, 30, who works as a fish farmer in Ghana, made the trip to the Canadian Maritime province last month.

Mr Towers landed the largest blue fin of the trip after a two-hour battle to bring it alongside the boat.

He used mackerel as bait.

The tuna is worth a massive £20,000.

Mr Cooke said: “Tuna are brutes, in a league of their own.

“When we got it to the surface, it was unbelievable.”