The first salable tuna I have seen was landed this morning in Orleans. The fish was small at 74 ", but was still a legal for sale (>73") bluefin tuna. The fish was caught by the F/V "Amazing Grace" a 24' boston whaler, captained by Mike Vaughan. Doing battle with the bluefin was crewman and local boy, Patrick Skayne. Congratulations boys !
This fish was caught because the fishermen went fishing ! The guys admitted to me they were the only ones out there this morning and that they left the Chatham Break at 4:30 this morning to get an early start. Considering that they were back at the dock with a fish to sell by 11 AM, I would say they did very well. The tuna was caught on a trolled splash bar in natural colors.
There are tuna in the area and they are feeding. I heard rumors of a nice tuna show in Cape Cod bay this morning as well. If you are up for a tuna trip, send me an email, make a reservation and try to land one of these bad boys.
Capt. Bruce & "Marilyn S"