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Old 03-03-2021, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by TurdFerguson View Post
The word I got was they didn't weigh it because your local boys didn't want an out-of-towner to break yall's record.
Hard for me to believe plenty of places to get it weighed around there...wanchese, pirates cove, even TW’s probably would have a scale
Old 03-03-2021, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by TurdFerguson View Post
The word I got was they didn't weigh it because your local boys didn't want an out-of-towner to break yall's record.
They will weigh anything in Wanchese!!
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Originally Posted by dolphin hunter View Post
One per year per vessel. Can keep one per day 27”-73”. Supposed to report any you catch on the HMS website and I think there is a number to call too.
Anglers can land one bluefin per year per proper HMS permit over 73" UNTIL the quota is used up. Typically the trophy season lasts until a couple days after commercial season. This year there was only 1.8mt if I remember correctly of recreational trophy fish allocated to that category. According to NOAA it is now CLOSED until December 31, 2021. Catches must be reported using the NOAA Catch Reporting app (same for billfish) or through the website before cleaning and must also be tagged with the little orange band that is inserted along the dorsal to verify it having been reported before being cleaned.

Us "local boys" know that a 114" x 86" is no where near 1000 lbs but we have scales available at Wanchese and Pirates Cove just to make you feel good about yourself and get your picture taken next to your fish anytime you call ahead or during most normal days. Certainly not after hours. Fishing in the winter in this area is extremely dangerous and I always hope that everyone doing it takes the proper precautions to have a raft, survival suits, and EPIRB in case of emergency even though it is only required for commercial vessels. Water temps are in the mid 40's and this place can get rough quick.
I'm sure the crew is happy to have landed that fish and great for them. I hope everyone gets to enjoy eating all of that fish as much as they enjoyed landing it.
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by crossthread View Post
Awesome catch..

Though what a waste of a great catch..
How Much of this fish will get "freezer burnt"?
Or NOT even eatin..
Still hanging in a tree somewheres?

Reminds Me of a Story of BFT, dragged into the woods up nawth.. Left to rot..

Wow, so much speculation, how do you come up with this stuff?. The attached article I read clearly states the guys went with a buddy boat, bled the fish, iced it down with 200lbs of ice and cut it up to eat and share with family and friends. So, no I don't think it's still hanging in a tree or left in the woods to rot. I actually think the opposite occurred. It just amazes me, as it sounds like the guys did just about everything they could do to care for the fish and you still get people speculating that it's such a shame and it's going to go to wasted. Geez, give the guys a break. Sounds like they did and admiral job with a catch of a lifetime. My hats off to them for sure!.

https://www.pilotonline.com/sports/o...kdq-story.html

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Old 03-03-2021, 03:48 PM
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Calling it a 1000lbs without weighing it does a disservice to all who actually caught a grander.great job to the crew for dealing with a major tackle malfunction during the fight. F8sh was 800ish. Nice fish but not a grander. Coast gaurd should stick to safety inspections instead of estimating fish weights
Old 03-03-2021, 06:50 PM
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Yeah in looking at pics, im guessing 600ish. Hope all meat was well processed and distributed. Wont keep frozen.
Old 03-03-2021, 07:43 PM
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Girth squared times length divide by 800

For this fish gets you 1053.93

https://www.researchgate.net/figure/...tbl1_231980233

Has this fish pretty close to that same number.

Unless those researchers and the igfa are off by 15% there's a pretty good chance they had the record, and the grand
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Originally Posted by Floatingalong View Post
Girth squared times length divide by 800

For this fish gets you 1053.93

https://www.researchgate.net/figure/...tbl1_231980233

Has this fish pretty close to that same number.

Unless those researchers and the igfa are off by 15% there's a pretty good chance they had the record, and the grand
Im going with 750-850 too short for a grander just from looking at others caught that were weighed and measured. But to call it a grander without putting in on a scale is like saying you killed a 150” whitetail without putting a tape on it.
Old 03-04-2021, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by ccat View Post
Im going with 750-850 too short for a grander just from looking at others caught that were weighed and measured. But to call it a grander without putting in on a scale is like saying you killed a 150” whitetail without putting a tape on it.
Current North Carolina record is 877. Length 113, girth 79. So this fish is both longer and fatter than that fish and you think it's a hundred pounds less?

I've got two deer on the wall over 150 in, had the exact same conversation with those deer


Edit: does anybody have any other measurements on fish that were this size length and girth that were lighter? It ends up being an entertaining conversation because if you're going to catch and release if you can get the measurements and it gives you a realistic idea that's great. But no one else is actually giving any measurements other than that's what this looks like
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Originally Posted by Floatingalong View Post
Current North Carolina record is 877. Length 113, girth 79. So this fish is both longer and fatter than that fish and you think it's a hundred pounds less?

I've got two deer on the wall over 150 in, had the exact same conversation with those deer


Edit: does anybody have any other measurements on fish that were this size length and girth that were lighter? It ends up being an entertaining conversation because if you're going to catch and release if you can get the measurements and it gives you a realistic idea that's great. But no one else is actually giving any measurements other than that's what this looks like

The Florida state record bluefin is 114" x 80" and was 826.8 lbs
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Who cares what they did with the meat? They didn't break any laws in landing it so IMO they can do whatever they want with it. It's not much different than the guys going and killing one every day and shipping it to Japan for a couple dollars a pound. Every single year we have the same damn arguments from the commercial guys about how awful the meat is, how dangerous the conditions are and how the recs shouldn't even attempt to catch one because it's a big waste of time.
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Rec category should stay open for that 1 fish annually. Don't give a flying F about fish being sold and shipped to Japan when they are available as a resource on our coast. They are out there netting plenty of their own.
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Originally Posted by Floatingalong View Post
Current North Carolina record is 877. Length 113, girth 79. So this fish is both longer and fatter than that fish and you think it's a hundred pounds less?

I've got two deer on the wall over 150 in, had the exact same conversation with those deer


Edit: does anybody have any other measurements on fish that were this size length and girth that were lighter? It ends up being an entertaining conversation because if you're going to catch and release if you can get the measurements and it gives you a realistic idea that's great. But no one else is actually giving any measurements other than that's what this looks like
Doesnt really matter my point is if you don’t weigh it or measure it, it’s just a guess.

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Originally Posted by ccat View Post
Doesnt really matter my point is if you don’t weigh it or measure it, it’s just a guess.

This must be the fishing equivalent of going to sleep with a 9 and waking up with a 4.
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Originally Posted by Floatingalong View Post

Edit: does anybody have any other measurements on fish that were this size length and girth that were lighter? It ends up being an entertaining conversation because if you're going to catch and release if you can get the measurements and it gives you a realistic idea that's great. But no one else is actually giving any measurements other than that's what this looks like
For comparison: My friend sold one on the 25th that was 114" just as this fish was and super, super fat. Didn't measure girth. Cored 672# if I remember right.
My largest was 119" a few years ago and that cored 689#
These are weights with no head, no guts, no tail so maybe a couple hundred pounds more live weight.

The formula may be relevant to marlin but I don't see it as accurate based on bluefins that I have landed.

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Originally Posted by jaybyrd83ecu View Post
For comparison: My friend sold one on the 25th that was 114" just as this fish was and super, super fat. Didn't measure girth. Cored 672# if I remember right.
My largest was 119" a few years ago and that cored 689#
These are weights with no head, no guts, no tail so maybe a couple hundred pounds more live weight.

The formula may be relevant to marlin but I don't see it as accurate based on bluefins that I have landed.
or throw Brian's other other 114" racer into the mix. Thick through the chest and skinny through the belly and tail. 460# core. If it ways it pays Birdseed.
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My nephew weighed a 120" fish last year. Don't have girth measurement. Scale weight 1025

still a great fish
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Originally Posted by 54bullwinkle View Post
My nephew weighed a 120" fish last year. Don't have girth measurement. Scale weight 1025

still a great fish
Moorehead?
Old 03-04-2021, 05:13 PM
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Was that Grady really 22 feet. I think they might be exaggerating. 🤔
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