about 1 pm Wednesday,8/6, I caught a 93.8 lb fish about 400-500 ft deep in 4,000 ft+ water near or beneath the Nansen spar in the NW GOM. (It was weighed and measured at the dock: 56" long; 35" girth; 93.8 lb. It was identified as an AJ. Although many of us have been assured that AJ's don't go that far offshore, on that trip and others, I have seen large AJ's caught at/near spars in deep water. I assume they take cover in the exposed piping at the bottom of the spar. But, this AJ has a darker bronze color than any AJ I have ever seen in the NW GOM; and, I noticed the meat had a darker pink tinge than any AJ meat I recalled. Does anyone know what accounts for these differences in color? Could it be diet--this fish took a whole, dead 2-4 lb blackfin tuna?
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