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TJ just got $32 per LB. Any commercial guys have interesting stories?

Old 04-14-2019, 05:22 PM
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Default TJ just got $32 per LB. Any commercial guys have interesting stories?

I was just watching last week's episode of wicked tuna and TJ got a fish they sold for $32 per lb. OK, so we all know this is the WWF of tuna fishing, but we'd like to hear some cool stories from the commercial guys. There are plenty of them on here. Whaddaya got?
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Old 04-14-2019, 05:27 PM
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Don't believe the prices from the show..
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Old 04-14-2019, 05:33 PM
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The next tuna in was $14
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Old 04-14-2019, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by 54bullwinkle View Post
Don't believe the prices from the show..
we all know that. any commercial guys ever sell a fish that actually did go for ridiculous money?
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:01 AM
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I know a guy from Harpswell ME that got 53$ early season fish in 91-92
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:18 AM
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Late Sept in 1992 I was fishing out of Sandwich in Cape Cod Bay with Alex Petrucci on the Duck Soup I was going into my last year at Florida Tech we were on the Quarter system so my first day was the upcoming Monday around 9/25. There was one day of quota left we had no fuel on the boat as we always got fuel in P-Town from a fuel truck. The wind blew 25+ NE and they kept the quota open but said the last day was going to be Sunday, I started School Monday night at 6:30 PM in Melbourne FL Alex twisted my arm to stay. Of coarse since it blew there was no bait to buy so we had to get it from the dragger the next day. So early AM Sunday we left Sanwich ran one tank empty in the middle of the bay had to re prime one engine floating dead for 10 mins fixed that then get fuel then went waited for the dragger to haul back as luck would have it he was able to give us about 6 live baits. So now it's 10:00 have not even wet a line go over to the middle of the bay where we had been fishing I think it was 92 X 92 there was about 180 boats not one bite so we went to the SW corner where the tide was about to change.

Set up on "Our Numbers" started to chum got 3 rods out, marked fish so I handlined out a bait hand set the fish, fought the fish for 45 minutes Alex yelled at me to throw the dart I wanted to wait one more circle I hit the fish at least 30 feet away fish goes nuts pulls the dart, dart nicks line pow break the fish off. Go back to the ball all dejected as we get to the anchor we mark a pack of fish I dump 3 gallons of chum throw a bait in the middle of it and before the boat settles on the anchor I hand set fish # 2, fight him for 40 minutes text book deal kill that fish it was 525 dressed.

Get back to the ball now the tide switched so we move the anchor to be on the numbers at this point we are the only boat within 100 miles that has hooked up and we did it twice and we are now moving our ball people think we are nuts. Get back to our spot put out 3 rods and I fix the rod from earlier with the broken line get it all 100% set up. We were about to pull the fish in to gill it and gut it when we mark again we send a guy to the bow to throw chum you can now hear the fleet start to scream on the radio as they know we are marking and the rest have not seen a thing I throw a bait in the chum and I'm standing on the covering board so I can watch the line and I hand set my 3rd fish of the day. I jump off the covering board and while I'm reeling in one of the other rods I can see a guy on the boat next to us kicking shit all over his cockpit. We kill that fish it was a moose it dressed above 700 I think around 720.

Joe from Joes Lobster tells Alex that only around 2 other fish were caught and there is a holiday in about 5 days so he held the fish in slush for 2-3 days then shipped the fish. Joe was correct they were the only two fish on the floor the day before the holiday the big fish got $32 the other fish got less but we did well.

When we pulled in we take 2 quick pictures I run to my car stinking of chum and drive straight through to FL, get to my place shower sleep for 1 hour and go to class.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:43 AM
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My high line was $27/# in 2012, but the others around that time where consistently high teens. Except for unicorns, gonna be tough to see anything over single digits from now on as farm raised fish have crowded the market for those mediocre fish that used get into the teens.

But unicorns are around a guy in York got something like $27k back to the boat for a late June fish last season.

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Old 04-15-2019, 10:01 AM
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I was getting high single digits to low double digits last year... depends on buyer too.. I've heard as cdux mentioned above that they are farm raising them now and market is flooded with cheap meat.
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Old 04-16-2019, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by TUNEE View Post
12 months a year.
where are they doing this ?
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:23 PM
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Any idea what the date was when that hurricane was? Good story by the way. Is the bucket somewhere up on the bank?
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by sammythetuna View Post

where are they doing this ?
more or less all over the world, spain, japan, australia - offshore. as far as i know its not really "farming" - they capture juvenile bft and grow them in large offshore pens. i def don't see that doing much to help the species as they are still basically starting with otherwise wild fish populations. if they start from eggs and fry and raise new/additional fish - that's farming... unless i'm misinformed (?) what they are doing is more or less just another form of catching.

to the op - its tv.
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:23 PM
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the OP knows the avg. price back to the boat is $6.50 . The OP said "TJ got $32" tongue-in-cheek.
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Old 04-19-2019, 02:55 AM
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Originally Posted by TUNEE View Post
I believe it's over 100 countries now doing it. They can dump large numbers of fish on the floor year around. Really a game changer for docent prices. Between this and the value of the yen times sure have changed. Not to say you can't get a good return but it will never be like it was. 12 months a year is tough to compete against.
It's also the consistency of supply that makes "farmed" bluefin more attractive. I do wonder if the so called farmers will end up wiping out entire populations of bluefin because they will net up all the juvies and the spawning stock will hit maturity and die.

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It's also the consistency of supply that makes "farmed" bluefin more attractive. I do wonder if the so called farmers will end up wiping out entire populations of bluefin because they will net up all the juvies and the spawning stock will hit maturity and die.
That'll never happen.
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Old 04-19-2019, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by sammythetuna View Post

where are they doing this ?
all around the world
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:53 AM
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I saw $60 on a ticket for a June fish, this was probably 1994 or 1995.
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:06 AM
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Don't believe anything you see regarding prices on that show.

Best I've ever heard of, confirmed from my buyer was $18 a lb if I recall correctly.

FWIW, I've seen better prices for bigeye depending on the time of year. My buyer can usually pull me mid to high single digits on a good sized eyeball. Most of the time, with good quality eyeballs it's $8-$12 per lb. 3-4 150-200 lb fish on a really good day when they stack up? I'll take that over chasing BFT.
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:11 PM
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My buddy got a $15k fish last year on Intel I sent him from the day before while I was on land working!
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Old 04-23-2019, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Don't believe anything you see regarding prices on that show.

Best I've ever heard of, confirmed from my buyer was $18 a lb if I recall correctly.

FWIW, I've seen better prices for bigeye depending on the time of year. My buyer can usually pull me mid to high single digits on a good sized eyeball. Most of the time, with good quality eyeballs it's $8-$12 per lb. 3-4 150-200 lb fish on a really good day when they stack up? I'll take that over chasing BFT.
eyeballs over 20 a lb not unheard of.
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