Nice bluefin caught my an old fishing pal . He's as good a fisherman as there is in these Waters .
All depends on the quality of the fish. He has had one fish that only brought like 1.25 a lb. A lot of it has to do with how well you take care of the fish once you catch it. Such as swimming the fish on a rope behind the boat for an hour or two to get rid of the lactic acid that builds up while the fish was being fought. Then bleeding it after.How much per lb they averaging?
Jesus thats sad....I'd pay $1.25 all day and twice on Sunday!All depends on the quality of the fish. He has had one fish that only brought like 1.25 a lb. A lot of it has to do with how well you take care of the fish once you catch it. Such as swimming the fish on a rope behind the boat for an hour or two to get rid of the lactic acid that builds up while the fish was being fought. Then bleeding it after.
They also won't know how much they are getting for the fish until after it goes to market over seas.
Nah you probably wouldn't... I have kept several before we had commercial season here in NC and the are not good table fare like a typical yellowfin or even Bigeye. They are greasy/ fishy as heck if you try to cook them since mostly they are feeding on Menhaden and Atlantic mackerel . Fantastic for sushi or anything raw but when you put heat to them its not good IMO. I love sushi but 250lbs of sushi is alot to eat and give away! We kept 2 fish in the 550-600 range and several medium school size in the 150-200 and they were all about the same with the smaller fish being SLIGHTLY less oily. Back then you were only allowed 1 fish per vessel per year in the 300+ category.Jesus thats sad....I'd pay $1.25 all day and twice on Sunday!
We caught one fish with 1/4 miles of the gun mounts at CLO and when we were over the fish it was kicking up sand we could see on the bottom in 35 feet of water. That fish was in the 700 lb range based on the LXG estimator. Another day we caught 2 fish in the 800-850 range off the knuckle buoy in less than 50 ft of water. Heres the interesting part both of those fish were tagged with sat tags and tracked. One fish showed up in the Azores off africa and the other one went to Newfoundland and was captured by a comm boat the next year. Dr Barbara block was on one of the preeminent researchers on GBFT back then and she came every year jumped on a charter boat for about a week with students and they would tag approx 5-10 fish per day.
Back in grad school I was buzzed by them while freediving at the Liberty Ship and 5mi Boxcars. We decided to give it a go one year in my old 14' McKee...hooked up for about 90sec. Thought for sure we were going to swamp the boat before it pulled...we were hoping for a smaller model and WAAAY outkicked our coverage.