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14-year-old nabs 586-pound bluefin tuna

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by richc, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. richc

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    Thats a big fish and will bring BIG BUCKS! Good for him.....if the boat captain doesnt take a cut.
     
  3. appraiser

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    His Dad is the C.O.P. in MarshVegas.... on the Irish Riviera.

    Green Harbor is a quaint little place, if you are ever in Brant Rock try Haddad's
     
  4. BrianWilson

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    Blue gills and tommy cod will just never be the same for the poor kid.
     
  5. GaryO

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    A lot of tuna sandwiches!
     
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    Nice fish! Good for him!
     
  7. AntiHippie

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    Why wouldn't he? I'm rusty on HMS permits, been a while since I worked on the east coast, but if it was on the boat's permit and the skippers NMFS card (or whatever they call it nowadays), boat's fuel, maintenance, bait, provisioning - why wouldn't the boat get their fair cut?
     
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    Lifetime achievement maybe? Hard to top that one!
     
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    They would get their cut, fair and square, that's the usual rules and I have no problem with that. Everybody knows going into it who gets what.

    Evidently it was his dad's boat so he gets to keep his money, at least in the family.

    EDIT: Well I guess it wasn't dads boat and the kid comes out of it empty handed.....with blisters.
     
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  10. Greg

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    Cant imagine the phone calls from Japanese fish merchants willing to pay stupid money for that fish shipped overnite to Tokyo.
     
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    Not his dads boat. His dad is police chief. Boat is a charter boat. Captain keeps the fish, kid was along for the ride and happened to be the lucky one. Several news reports on it. Big news around these parts.
     
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    wait what? the captain keeps the whole fish?
     
  13. Uzi2

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    No kidding, its probably on its way or already landed there on ice.
     
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    Bummer!
     
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    Tuna over 73" are property of the boat per Feds I think, at that size they will sell it commercially, some charters will give you a cut of the proceeds, like 20-30%.
     
  16. appraiser

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    The kid was crewing the boat on a bait run. Looking for Squid.

    The tuna was an added bonus.

    The Captain isn't going to stiff the kid, he will get something out of it, but someone has to pay for the fuel, etc.

    The publicity is worth as much as the fish.

    Hopefully the Captain gets some charter work from this.

    Green Harbor is a great place to go out of as you can go north, south or east to where the fish are.

    We had our boat there way back when, we always came home with fish.

    There is a guy I met when I was learning to fly at the Marshfield Municipal Airport that had a nice side gig flying out and locating fish for the boats out of Green Harbor...
     
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    Dats a rotta sashimi!
     
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    F that! I'd have cut the line once it got close and I got a good view of it.

    Never understood why someone would pay a good amount of money on a charter boat only to have everything you caught taken from you.
     
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    The boats from Green a Harbor. The website is:
    Bigfishcharters.com

    Site says paying customers get to keep 1/3 of the $$ from selling the tuna. Still not a bad gig. ​
     
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    So what is that fish worth!? I have no idea.
     
  21. appraiser

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    Well this is the quote from who bought the fish at the dock, I have no idea what the boat got for selling it.

    The boat met buyer North Atlantic Traders at the town pier, where it was weighed and tested for quality. A nice marbling, layer of fat and oily finish to the meat means it’s a good catch, DePersia said, and buyer Bubba Indorato said he expects it to go for $6 to $12 per pound once it hits the market, or between $3,500 and $7,000 for the whole fish.

    (my take: Chances are the boat only got a couple of grand for it)
     
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    I never did it but I looked into the charter. Most of the time I saw that if they got a fish as described above there is a split between the captain and the angler usually outlined in the agreement.
     
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    I've seen contracts where some percentage of the value of the tuna is used to offset the cost of the charter. However the max allowance to the customers is the cost of the charter.

    If the boat lands a fish it keeps the fish. Long standing rule in that industry. Both US and Canada.

    Once in a while customers get a free charter and the boat gets a fish!

    And to be perfectly real, I'm quite sure I'd have real trouble loading that tuna into my SUV to take it home!

     
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    Yes and you'd have to go buy 2 more freezers to keep it in too:D
     
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    Catch limits for HMS are set annually, but it is per permit - there is no CFL or PFCFL measurement that delineates who owns the fish. Permit holder owns the fish, unless there is no permit holder - then the poacher is liable for the fish. It's been years since I've done any North Atlantic Highly Migratory Species stuff, but last I was into it, the general scheme (I don't remember the particulars) of catch limits were something like one giant BFT, and two BFT's of a certain curved fork length (or alternately pectoral fin curved fork length). Don't quote me on those numbers, I don't remember what the exact numbers were, I'm just trying to explain how catch limits are set out. 73" sounds familiar for the minimum CFL of a giant BFT, though. That number definitely rings a bell.

    Now, charters may work it into their contract that giants pay to the boat, but that is per the boat owner, not USCG or NMFS (or NOAA OLE, or whatever TF they call themselves nowadays).
     
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    Nice stash for tuition if he wants to be a liberal artist.
     
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    That price sounds a bit low. The world record price for a 612 pounder is a cool $3.1MM, although the buyer, the Japanese Tuna King, confessed he probably overpaid. Bluefin is the expensive stuff in sushi restaurants and Japanese fish markets, $25-$40/lb. retail ordinarily.

    View: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/05/682526465/threatened-bluefin-tuna-sells-for-5-000-per-pound-in-tokyo-market
     
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    last charter i went on was years ago.
    IIRC the deal was 20% minus the charter
    Want to say it was $1200 for 8 hour trip? Been a while. It was also about the same time fuel hit $4 gal at the pump.
    Never landed a fish in the few charters we went on.

    Now many years ago my dads friend went out 2 times a year and always seem to land tuna. 4 trips made it out. 2 trips I got time in the chair and basically cranked until I was beat.
    2 of 4 trips tuna was caught I want to say mid 300s I was 14 so dont remember .
     
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    • *Federal law requires that highly migratory species, charter/headboat vessels must retain bluefin tuna which are 73 inches or greater in length. These tuna(s) will automatically become property of the boat and you are entitled to 15% the sale (after fuel) to a maximum of $1,500 per trip.
    Atlantic Highly Migratory Species | NOAA Fisheries
     

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