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Old 01-04-2009, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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I was brought out of my television/film "retirement" to work on a segment on Bluefin Tuna for the Discovery Channel, "Modern Marvels". Yesterday (Saturday) I was with Dr.Barbara Block with the Tag A Giant Bluefin Tuna Conservation series.
Although fishing was slow (But with calm seas and warm temps) our boat did manage to catch, tag and release a bluefin tuna weighing somewhere around 700lbs.
Approx. location of the catch was in front of Bogue Banks along the 10 fathom line.
This bluefin may be the largest one ever caught during "TAG" off the NC coast during TAG's 12 year history.
I'm shooting again tomorrow (Monday) with TAG.
Bill
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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When will this show air?!
Congrats on the great catch - we would really like to see your show!
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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I'm back.
On the water all day yesterday (Monday)-Slow, very slow. We had only one fish caught and transfered to the TAG boat and it happened pre-dawn. The tuna was in the 450-500lb. class.
I'll keep everyone posted about the TV show. It will be several months out before it airs. Production is still going on in Australia.
Bill
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:42 AM
 
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Glad you are back and beat the rain - sorry for the slow day, but still - another big ol' tuna - sounds pretty good to me! We will be interested to know the date of the TV show airing - please do keep us posted!
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:05 PM
 
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Default Tuna Auction in Japan

Bill,
I happen to read this article on Yahoo about a 240lb blue fin fetching $140,000 at a Japan auction. I'm not sure they would tag and release one like yours!
Bill
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:07 PM
 
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Default Link to fish story

Bill,
I meant to give you the link to the Yahoo story. Sorry.

Ritzy fish: Bluefin tuna sells for $140k - Yahoo!7 News (http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/5245718/ritzy-fish-bluefin-tuna-sells-for-140k/ - broken link)
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:13 PM
 
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That was a Japanese caught Tuna, much tougher to get a hold of. To compare a local NC BFT gets about 13 to 15 a lb. dressed. or est of about 1500 bucks for a average fish. They consider NC tuna lower quality, they have lower fat content and are auctioned based on core temps and flesh color as well as fat.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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I spoke with one Morehead City captain who got $32 a pound a few weeks a go. That Japenese tuna fetched almost $370 per pound. But remember this also-The captain is a wholesaler-The Japanese bought as an "end user".
Traditionally the first fish(s) sell quite high in Japan at New Years.

Tuna Fetches $100,000 at Auction

Please keep in mind that Tag-A-Giant Bluefin Tuna Conservation series is just that-A Conservation series. Tag-A-Giant Foundation (http://tagagiant.org/Conservation.shtml - broken link).

TAG has shown that these North Carolina bluefins come from the Gulf, Canada and swim across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe. With a fish that can bring in so much money it is easily recognized that a tremendous amount of fishing pressure has been put on these bluefins.
Bill

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Old 01-06-2009, 01:22 PM
 
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I didn't even know you could catch bluefin in the atlantic. I guess that shows what I know about fishing!

Congrats, bill, I bet that was fun.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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rubber_factory,
I didn't even know you could catch bluefin in the atlantic. I guess that shows what I know about fishing!
I was first involved with TAG in the late 90's. At that time most fishermen were wondering why the bluefin started "showing up" off the NC coast.

Guess what-They've always been here. And it will surprise most where they can be found. It's not uncommon to be hooked up inshore in only 30-40 feet of water.
Bill
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