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.