Well, thanks to all of you that wished me well yesterday I caught a fat 600 pound plus tuna ! I truly believe that due to all the support and well wishing thoughts of you guys and girls that it was possible. Thank you all very much for the many emails and phone calls yesterday. It was nice to come home last night and read all those emails and hear the messages on my cell phone.
That fish will eventually make its way oversees to an auction in Japan sometime on Tuesday. Right now its chillin' in a slush tank of brine and ice, designed to bring down the core temperature, and highlight the qualities of the flesh. I still don't even know what it weighs exactly, but it should be close to 600 pounds. I'm guessing) It measures 109 inches curved fork length. If yopu send an email asking for a picture, I will reply with a thumbnail of the one I caught. Quite a bit bigger than the 53-58 inch fish we were catching this summer and fall ?
Speaking of the smaller ones, there still is some decent action going on. As we were trying to catch our bluefish for bait yesterday morning I saw smaller bluefin (50-75 pounds) breaking the surface of the water of Nauset Beach in Orleans, several times. We weren't even 1 mile off the beach ! The troll bite down at the Regal Sword area seems to be the best general area to be in, but the fish are finicky and presentation is important. As you know there is a lot of luck involved as well as having the right gear and set up. One week you might be red hot and a hero, and the next, cold as ice. I overheard Capt. Eric on the radio the other day tell another charter capt. in conversation, that we call it "from zero to hero". Yup, that pretty much says it all. That was me last week.
Thanks again for the support,
Bruce & "Marilyn S"