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It looks giant bluefin tuna fishing in NC this winter is better than last year's though it is hardly hot.
Here are pictures of 86" giant caught by my friend Capt Mark of the Canyon Runner the other day. He said only 7 giant were caught among 60 boats that day.





 

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You just have to keep teasing us with those pics! I can taste the sushi now!
just out of frustration as the Big E trip is cancelled. :)
 

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You just have to keep teasing us with those pics! I can taste the sushi now!

Yeah Mike, just think about how fat those loins would be off of that pig.....

Thanks for the post Kil.. those giants must put up a heck of a fight...
 

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Yeah Mike, just think about how fat those loins would be off of that pig.....

Thanks for the post Kil.. those giants must put up a heck of a fight...


for the most part or 99% of teh time those fish are fought with 130's out of the rod holder or chair. Mark is one of the best captains out there. His track record is unbelievable
 

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It sounds like giant bluefin are harder to find this year all up and down the East coast.

Kil...

What is your favorite place to go for bluefin tuna? (I assume that this is the prime time for most places...if not...what time would you go?)
 

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It sounds like giant bluefin are harder to find this year all up and down the East coast.

Kil...

What is your favorite place to go for bluefin tuna? (I assume that this is the prime time for most places...if not...what time would you go?)

The small or medium bluefin usually show up off Southern NJ, Maryland and Virginia in early July and stay there for a month. This is my favorite time to catch them on chunk and jigs. The average size bluefin is about 50 - 150 lbs.
Some bluefin stay there until fall and we catch them behind scallop draggers as you do behind shrimp trawlers in Gulf of Mexico.

School bluefin showed up in Cape Cod Bay/Stellwagen Bank and east of Cape Cod in great number from late June and they stay there until Oct. They usually catch them by trolling, but many fishermen start to catch them on jigs and poppers recently. From Aug giant bluefin move into the area too.

Bluefin tuna used to follow inshore routes, but they started to show up at canyons a few year ago and we had great bluefin fishing at canyons in Oct and early Nov when they are migrating to south until last year. But we had very slow canyon bluefin fishery this year. When I fished Washingto canyon in early Nov last year, I couldn't get down my jigs deep as school bluefin in 40 - 50 lbs intercepted my jigs like blackfin tuna.

Giant bluefin fishery is different and most giant were caught by commercial fishermen. When bluefin winter ground were discovered off NC years ago, fishing was unbelievable. When they used to show up off Hatteras, NC, bluefin were smaller in 150 - 200 lbs and you could catch and release them 10 - 20 a day by chunk. But those bluefin never returned off Hatteras in recent years. But the bigger bluefin off Morehead City are strictly caught by trolling in shallow water. It was a norm to catch and release half dozen 400 - 500 lbs bluefin a day years ago, but we experienced very slow fishing last two years and this year is a little better than last year's though they catch only 5 - 10 a day among 100 boats.
 

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We went our favorite Korean restaurant in South Jersey after fishing yesterday. They served us with good sashimi including some toro of 400 lbs bluefin. Here is a picture of head of 400 lbs buefin served to us.
The picture color is no good because AV position was set by mistake.

 

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Kil,

You are shooting me thru the heart...

I loved that shot. It makes me want to enjoy some sashimi...

Thanks! Merry Christmas to you and your family...
 

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Geez..... Being out here in the Portland, OR area and seeing these Bluefin reports makes me want to get back to the East Coast....

I pulled a couple Albe Loins out of my frrezer last night and lightly seared them on both sides and broke out the soy & wasabi and thought I was living large till I saw this....

You guys give a guy allot of ambition to get back to the East Coast or Gulf someday....

Albecore fishing is limited out here from June to October and when winter comes on, it can sure make a person struggle..... I finish Grad School in June and I am going to see about getting myself and my 2690 Glacier Bay Coastal Runner back into some warm water somewhere.
 

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Kil: is it customary on the east coast to serve up your Toro w/
all that discarded 100#mono all over the plate?:D LoL
-Brian
 

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Kil: is it customary on the east coast to serve up your Toro w/
all that discarded 100#mono all over the plate?:D LoL
-Brian
Those are sliced raddish(daikon). :)
 
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