The Blue Fin Tuna
By Ronald Lim
The Atlantic blue fin tuna is one of the most popular species of tuna in the world. It is highly prized for its meat in the Japanese market with its meat having a unique texture and high fat content that’s why it is preferred for making sushi or sashimi than any other tuna specie.
Because of the rarity of the fish, it has a high price tag for the big ones weighing more than 150 kg. This tuna is one of the big-game species in the Atlantic. The biggest record of a blue fin tuna caught has been a staggering 679kg.
Blue fins in the US can be found widely distributed throughout the subtropical and temperate waters of the North Atlantic Ocean and can be found from Newfoundland and all the way to the coast of Brazil.
Blue fin tuna are available all throughout the year. But, the biggest ones weighing more than 200 pounds are best caught between October and March.
Veteran blue fin anglers say the specie can be found where there are abundant supply of bait fishes near any structure, naturally built or man-made. These man-made structures are oil rigs or drill ships located between 50 to 100 miles off shore. And the famous oil rigs are in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
However, outside US, the 679kg record holder for biggest catch was caught in Nova Scotia in Canada by Ken Fraser in 1979. And last year also, an 869 pound was caught off Prince Edward Island.
How to Catch a Giant Blue Fin Tuna
Catching a giant blue fin needs quite a preparation. It does not require the best equipment in the market but a good and reliable one. Take note that no man can catch a giant fish of this kind alone. These fishes are known to be strong. The bigger they are the stronger and faster they get. Combining their weight and their speed, one should be careful fishing one because not a single man can counter the force of one.
One of the considerations for a fisherman before attempting to latch on one of these giants, is a good tackling skill. Nobody wants to lose a big catch because of a poor tackling skill. That’s why catching techniques, equipment, and a good team are the necessary considerations if you want to take the challenge of a lifetime, your biggest catch.
Blue fin tuna can be caught using various fishing methods like the pole and line, surface trolling, and long lining. These methods are the most effective in catching the giants.
You should have some good tackling skills in pole and line method and your boat should be equipped with a fighting chair so you wouldn’t be dragged out of the boat by a giant blue fin into its underwater world or lose your biggest catch in an instant.
Always use a good and reliable equipment by taking into account its mass and considerable strength with speed. Some shackles disintegrate because of the surprising strength of the blue fin. So, one should have pretty good shackles which can hold the force of this monster fish weighing about more than half a ton.
Having a Good Team
Having good team plays a big role in the success of catching a giant blue fin. Team members should be able to keep their cool under pressure. Of course, hauling a 400kg or more takes quite an effort. Considering the agility and strength of the fish combined with its massive weight, it is a challenge for the team to bring the fish on board.
Are You Ready for the Challenge?
The giant blue fin tuna is one the most expensive fishes valued for its quality and rarity. Catching one of these water behemoths can exhaust the adrenaline in you. Preparation is the key for a successful catch. You will need good fishing skills, a good and reliable equipment, a team who can help you haul the giant, and of course, tons of determination because if you are going in for the biggest catch of your life, be prepared for this monster is not a going to give up, not until it’s dead. So, happy blue fin fishing.