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Record Blue FIn Tuna out of Oregon Inlet

By: acme15610
3/8/2021 10:48 PM

Don't know if this belongs here or if it has already been posted. Either way I thought this was an awesome story. Too bad the scales were not working....

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www.foxnews.com/great-out...

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By: Pickle
3/9/2021 7:01 AM

Phenomenal catch, especially from real small boat. The Outer Banks is known for World Class Fishing for certain species, predominantly Marlin and Red Drum. However, Bluefin Tuna have made their mark here for the last ten years or so. It has become the location of the NatGeo TV Series "Wicked Tuna" North vs. South. Over these 10 years the fish seem to have gotten larger. Initial catches made approached 200 lbs, but recently 400 lb. plus fish have been common. This is a Winter fishery (January into March) so you can understand Weather plays a big factor in the quest for them. As a Charter Boat Captain we have seen increasing interest in catching these Giants. This Fishery is heavily controlled by Federal Regulations. Charterboats are only allowed one class size fish per boat, per trip and for the biggest class, one per year. The popular misconception is that you can sell them for big bucks. Actually Charter fishermen can not sell theirs under any condition. Private fishermen unless they meet various Commercial Licensing and Boat Regulations can not sell them. Commercial catches have to also meet strict rules and regulations. Lastly Bluefin Tuna are prized as Sushi/Sashimi fish. On the Grill they rank pretty far down after Longfin Albacore (Not False), Yellowfin, Bigeye, and Blackfin. Let's go fishing.

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By: Squid Pro Quo
3/9/2021 7:18 AM

Phenomenal catch, especially from real small boat. The Outer Banks is known for World Class Fishing for certain species, predominantly Marlin and Red Drum. However, Bluefin Tuna have made their mark here for the last ten years or so. It has become the location of the NatGeo TV Series "Wicked Tuna" North vs. South. Over these 10 years the fish seem to have gotten larger. Initial catches made approached 200 lbs, but recently 400 lb. plus fish have been common. This is a Winter fishery (January into March) so you can understand Weather plays a big factor in the quest for them. As a Charter Boat Captain we have seen increasing interest in catching these Giants. This Fishery is heavily controlled by Federal Regulations. Charterboats are only allowed one class size fish per boat, per trip and for the biggest class, one per year. The popular misconception is that you can sell them for big bucks. Actually Charter fishermen can not sell theirs under any condition. Private fishermen unless they meet various Commercial Licensing and Boat Regulations can not sell them. Commercial catches have to also meet strict rules and regulations. Lastly Bluefin Tuna are prized as Sushi/Sashimi fish. On the Grill they rank pretty far down after Longfin Albacore (Not False), Yellowfin, Bigeye, and Blackfin. Let's go fishing.

Pickle


Pickle, didn’t the Bluefin fishery get shut down last week due to the quota being met?

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By: Pickle
3/9/2021 7:25 AM

Yes the season was shut down. They caught the fish on the last day.

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By: Squid Pro Quo
3/9/2021 7:48 AM

Yes the season was shut down. They caught the fish on the last day.

Pickle


I used to own a Grady White 228 Seafarer walk around. Can’t imagine hauling a fish of that size over the transom of that boat. Nor would I have been out in the ocean in the winter!

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By: Pickle
3/9/2021 8:09 AM

Second that Squid! You have to have perfect conditions and still say a Prayer. I really feel sorry for charters at that time, they don't understand the waters. I always tell my Winter Trips you really need the flexibility of several days. Safety of course is the Priority, but Comfortis a close second. You just don't go in bad sea conditions and beat people up. That's our position even on beautiful Summer days when you have 20 knot SW WINDS and the Ocean looks like a Lake. Go out 7 or 8 miles and all hell breaks loose.

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By: jfalba
3/9/2021 8:28 AM

what was the name of the charter boat? I know a few out of Oregon inlet.

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By: fredneckians
3/9/2021 8:45 AM

Second that Squid! You have to have perfect conditions and still say a Prayer. I really feel sorry for charters at that time, they don't understand the waters. I always tell my Winter Trips you really need the flexibility of several days. Safety of course is the Priority, but Comfortis a close second. You just don't go in bad sea conditions and beat people up. That's our position even on beautiful Summer days when you have 20 knot SW WINDS and the Ocean looks like a Lake. Go out 7 or 8 miles and all hell breaks loose.

Pickle


Your comment about not going to sea and beating people up reminds me of the Captain of the scuba boat I used for years. He would cancel trips early if he thought conditions would be bad based on his "no beat up clause" I very much appreciated that clause, but it wasn't there to keep me from getting beat up, it was to keep him and his boat from getting beat up.

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By: Gettysburg Lady
3/9/2021 10:03 AM

Several years ago my husband and friends had a charter out of Hatteras. It was a windy morning. The captain said"the boat will take it but you won't". they decided to go and wish they wouldn't have. Note to self :heed the captain's words!

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By: W&M OBX
3/9/2021 11:34 AM

what was the name of the charter boat? I know a few out of Oregon inlet.

jfalba


It wasn't a charter boat, it was a small (22 or 23 feet) private boat from Virginia that went out of Oregon Inlet.

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By: Squid Pro Quo
3/9/2021 12:49 PM

what was the name of the charter boat? I know a few out of Oregon inlet.

jfalba


It was a private boat. A 2007 Grady White Tournament 225. 22' with a single outboard.
I trust my outboards, but I have two. I'm not going offshore in the winter, especially with a single outboard!
As far as rough conditions, I outgrew that a while ago. I have always told my fishing buddies that the boat can take much more than they can, and it will get messy. (That means they'll be chumming all over my boat.) No thanks!



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By: jfalba
3/10/2021 8:33 AM

OK I have another question lol....how much does it cost to process (clean and filet) a 1000 lb fish??? OR How much does taxidermy cost for a 1000 lb tuna. just curious. i wonder how many freezers that would fill?

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By: Bill
3/10/2021 8:40 AM

So question for Pickle and others who would know.

I thought about this when I read it. Since they are not commercial fisherman I know they cannot sell the fish to market.

Given the size of the fish I cannot imagine that much of the meat could have been used by the fisherman.

What normally happens in things like this? Does the meat get shared somehow with others?

I am torn. I would love to catch a fish like this, but I know how stressed the Tuna fishery is, and how tough it is for the commercial fisherman, there is a part of this that does not feel right to me.

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By: jfalba
3/10/2021 8:48 AM

From personal TUNA catching experience 110 and 123 lbs...Quote "What am I supposed to do with that!" first fish on the boat,,,captain and first mate couldnt wait to see my reaction to the size. i had a Cavalier car on vacation. I gave 1 tuna to the first mate that was having a BBQ later that week and he loved tuna. and threw suitcases away and drove back to PA with 1 tuna and 57 mahi mahi and prayed the ice would hold. 3 freezers full of fish...oh i struck a deal beforehand with a fish shop on hatteras island...if i caught a lot of fish he would store it for me and he fileted and vacum sealed everything. thank god for credit cards! he almost fell over with my weight slip. 1 woman and a little girl and a helluva bunch of fish. My parents, my sisters family and myself ate fish more months and I gave it to my coworkers as well to grill. oh the reason i had a little car was my bf at the time backed out of vacation at the last minute to roof something.....well he regretted that later.

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By: Pickle
3/10/2021 9:05 AM

Some thoughts on Bill's dilemma. Yes, no sale by recreational or charter boats. Second thought, Bluefin are not the best for Grilling, Broiling whatever. Probably three or 4 down on the taste list. Meat is a bit strong (without marinade) and does not cook up white. Bluefin does not freeze well for the common Joe. You would have to use it within several Months. So what do you do with it? Have fun catching it and release it, generally not going to happen unless you have your one fish limit. Bluefin is highly desirable for Sushi and Sashimi and much of it is shipped out of the country, but on a charter boat, pay 50 cents a pound to have it cleaned at the Marina. You do the math on a 500 lb fish. Then you go door to door to your neighbors giving it away. Maybe have some smoked. Exciting fishing, great accolades, nice Exceptional Catch Citation from the State. Oh well, not for everybody.

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By: Mstaszew
3/10/2021 10:04 AM

That's an awesome catch and the meat dilemma would be a hard thing to figure out. I wasn't aware that it cooks up worse than the other species. I've only had it at sushi restaurants and specifically just the cheek meat and possibly belly. It was delicious. On previous charters my group and I landed a few ~40 lb yellowfin plus a mix of the other common species and the amount of meat we took home was unreal. We had so much tuna that we even cubed some of it and breaded/fried it for tuna bites. They were excellent and I'd never do it with purchased tuna, but if I end up with 20+ lbs of it again I'll certainly do it again. I could eat fast seared tuna, still raw in the middle, with wasabi and soy all day long. Mmmmmmmm! Specifically I make this recipe, but omit the sesame seeds and cook it as rare as I can. Delicious. Click to follow link...

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By: Greg MD
3/10/2021 10:25 AM

Whole tuna equals about 1/2 that in weight if broken down into 4 loins, which is how I take them home. I can fit about 100 lbs of fish in my 90 something qt cooler with ice so 200 lbs of whole fish and I'm done. I like smaller yellow fin or bigeyes better anyway and if I have cooler space, I can take home some mahi or wahoo too for variety.

Kudos to the man for bringing in a 1/2 ton fish, that must have been epic!

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By: KDHBreeze
3/10/2021 10:44 AM

That's an awesome catch and the meat dilemma would be a hard thing to figure out. I wasn't aware that it cooks up worse than the other species. I've only had it at sushi restaurants and specifically just the cheek meat and possibly belly. It was delicious. On previous charters my group and I landed a few ~40 lb yellowfin plus a mix of the other common species and the amount of meat we took home was unreal. We had so much tuna that we even cubed some of it and breaded/fried it for tuna bites. They were excellent and I'd never do it with purchased tuna, but if I end up with 20+ lbs of it again I'll certainly do it again. I could eat fast seared tuna, still raw in the middle, with wasabi and soy all day long. Mmmmmmmm! Specifically I make this recipe, but omit the sesame seeds and cook it as rare as I can. Delicious. Click to follow link...

Mstaszew


I'm with you on all of that.

Now I'm hungry....

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By: chief5130
3/10/2021 10:54 AM

When I fished shark tournaments out of Long Island there was a food kitchen waiting at the dock that would take any eatable fish that was being offered up. We would give up the mako for them, not that we did not love mako, but they needed it more than we did. I don't know if there is something similar on the Banks.

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By: Md.Chas
3/10/2021 12:25 PM

I can't imagine catching something that big. We caught 7 Bigeyes back in 2010 between 100 & 150lbs. each and were back at the dock by 1:00. My arm was shaking for the rest of the day. I had to drink my beer with my right hand because my left one was shaking so bad. We filled up 2 1/2, 94 quart coolers. I can't remember what we paid to have them cleaned but it wasn't cheap but I should add well worth it. The people at work and my neighbors ate a lot of tuna for the next month.

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By: SwampDuck
3/10/2021 1:09 PM

Like Md. I have no problem admitting a Big-Eye over 100 pounds had me shaky. Personally, I have no desire to catch anything bigger. Yellowfins around 40 and some 10-15 pound class dolphin makes for a good day!

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By: Mstaszew
3/10/2021 1:58 PM

Like Md. I have no problem admitting a Big-Eye over 100 pounds had me shaky. Personally, I have no desire to catch anything bigger. Yellowfins around 40 and some 10-15 pound class dolphin makes for a good day!

SwampDuck


I've never caught one that big. About 50 lb yellowfin is my largest tuna and I was a wuss. Amberjack are another species that will wear me out. Our last charters were on nearshore trips and after a couple of hours of amberjack fishing at the towers we were ready for the electric reels and fishing for tiles. I sat in a chair, put the butt of the rod under my junk to steady it, one finger on the button and a beer in the other hand and I was able to recover. That bluefin would have reduced me to Jello for a month.

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By: jfalba
3/11/2021 2:06 AM

LOL....Fighting tuna to get in the boat. Imagine trying to pull in lead. but as others stated I would not trade the experience.

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By: Pickle
3/11/2021 7:29 AM

For some people it's a Catch of a Lifetime, could also be a "Bucket List" fish for others. Absolutely not for everybody both physically and mentally. Having been in the Charter Business for many years I always like to make sure my charter understands what to expect. I always ask what do you want to catch? Think about this; 6 people charter a boat in February at $2000. Not much Offshore but some Bluefin, maybe, maybe some Yellowfin, maybe. Take Yellowfin out of the equation and it is very possible that only one Bluefin is caught and only one person reels it in. That means 5 other people never ever touched a rod and paid good money to cheer on their friend. As I said, not for everybody. Similar situations occur here in August when it's White Marlin Season. Fishermen have big egos and some Captains even bigger. The Captain chooses to fish for Marlin (Wherever they are) and eliminates other fish because he feels Marlin is a prize fish. Same thing happens, one or two Marlin and the rest of the party stands by. A good Captain will explain the situation before leaving. I always, always ask the question Meat or Marlin? The party makes the decision. Enough said.

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By: OceanBlue
3/11/2021 7:55 AM

Similar situations occur here in August when it's White Marlin Season.

Pickle


Early August (sigh...) That time of year is out and out warfare during Ocean City Maryland's White Marlin Tournament...buncha money, egos and bigger egos on the line. Only situation I've ever seen close is the WRTT tournament in SW Fl...the situation is exponentially over the top as the fishing "area" is a tiny little "hole" that one drifts through....take all the White Marlin testosterone above and a little "bumper cars" (the floating version) to the list.

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