Blue Fin today

Blue Fin today




This monster was brought into Pirates Cove today. It weighed in at 726#. It took them 11 hours to boat it.




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They are impressive fish.....but no thank you...... I spent just over an hour on a 123 pound big eye once. Do not want any part of that behemoth!!



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Excellent. Chance of a lifetime. However, the Bluefin we are having now are less common and much, much bigger than 10 years ago when the Bluefin started showing here in big numbers. Those were 150 to 300 lb fish and much easily landed and a lot more action for anglers. Fightin a fish for that long makes for lasting memories and a lot of Shashimi and Sushi. As many of you know the anglers can not sell fish caught on a charterboat in most circumstances. It's called sport fishing, but there are many "naysayers" .


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So what happens to a fish that size, do they get to keep it, eat it, have it mounted? Wow, 10 hours, give that fish some due!


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Sorry, meant 11 hours!


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You can eat it, that's it. Raw, Cooked or Smoked. Regular cooking is inferior to Yellowfin, Bigeye, Blackfin and Long Finned Albacore (not False Albacore). Mounting, you don't need the fish. All Fiberglass Molds. Just need size of fish. Very, Very, Very expensive. Charter fish can not technically be sold. You need a commercial fishing license. Even if the Captain has a Commercial License it "Technically" was not caught commercially. Commercial boats have a whole list of regulations that are not met by charterboats.


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They are impressive fish.....but no thank you...... I spent just over an hour on a 123 pound big eye once. Do not want any part of that behemoth!!

SwampDuck
I'm with you SD. I spent 1 hour and 45 minutes on a Bigeye, that was more than enough for me. I couldn't hold a beer steady for two days after that. I have no desire to catch something that big.


RE: Blue Fin today




They are impressive fish.....but no thank you...... I spent just over an hour on a 123 pound big eye once. Do not want any part of that behemoth!!

SwampDuck
I'm with you SD. I spent 1 hour and 45 minutes on a Bigeye, that was more than enough for me. I county couldn't hold a beer steady for two days after that. I have no desire to catch something that big.

Md.Chas


Funny you say that.... I remember not being able to straighten my arms to open the cooler to attain said cool beverage.....I did find a way though! Beer Beer


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Wow...quite a catch! So, to follow up wavedreamer's post, can I assume they kept the fish? If so, wonder if they cleaned it? I guess one would need a pick-up full of coolers to haul what's left of that thing.


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They had it cleaned at Pirates Cove. I can't imagine how many coolers they filled up. I know when we caught the BIG eyes shown in my a avatar, we filled up 2 of the BIG coolers.


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Yeah, I was at the helm on this one while the others did the reeling.. Manipulating the boat for those many hours - you have to keep reminding yourself what you are trying to do. Caleb, who's a freshman in college speared him. Good job. We had 3 gaffs in him 2 ropes through mouth, 1 on tail. Nobody has asked about getting the fish in the boat - well we didn't have a winch so that wasn't happening. We managed to get his head up to the deck and tie him off, then went back at half speed in the dark. That was quite the experience, but the whole thing was a trip of a lifetime. Good thing is we had a satellite phone so I let the wife know I was still around. Since I was in Avon and she was in Greenville, she just went to bed...I'm not in the picture as I had to head back to Avon and pick things up. We are canning the tuna, as freezing it does not produce good results. It will be over 80 pint jars of tuna fish on my portion.




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This is how thick they were. We hooked up in 30 seconds.




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Finally on deck.




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My share...




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finally, like Pickle said, I wish we could catch a little one in the 150 to 250 range, but that has only happened once in my 4 times of this. That time, where we caught a 130 lb and 260 lb, getting the daily and the annual, a fantastic trip in itself, produced the best tasting fish I ever imagined.

So this time around I'll be eating lots of casserole and tuna crackers. If you see me, just ask and I'll give you a jar!


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I was driving by Pirates Cove and saw a bunch of people around the scale so I had to pull in to see what was going on. When I saw the tuna I was wondering how you got it in the boat. I didn't see a wench and didn't notice a tuna door. I figured you had to drag it back. What a fish! Good job prezlee ! I think that gives you and your crew bragging rights for a while.


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Thanks MdC - It was a great experience. The boat has a nice tuna door, so it was open all the way back with the tuna's head there with water coming in every now and then. That was just another item in a pretty wild evening. On the original picture, the boat owner is the fellow on the right. I met him 8 or 9 years ago and have been fishing with him since then. He's a very talented hunter and fisherman. Good times.

Oh and the younger kid - what a great attitude, he was just ecstatic and positive all night long, even when people were hollering trying to get the fish secured. He has a great future if he keeps that up for sure.


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Is this it?
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article205821484.html


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That one's a week later and 150 lbs heavier!