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Old 07-22-2014, 04:35 PM
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So I'm out trolling this morning before work when all of a sudden my motor jumps like I hit something.

I've hit floating coconuts a couple times and it reminded me of that so I look back and not seeing anything think whatever it was must have been submerged when the motor jumps again. Bounces sort of...

I throttle back and lean over the stern and there is a skipjack tuna with it's nose wedged between the lower unit of the motor and the transom! So I grab my gaff and pull it into the boat...

I'm guessing a marlin or a shark was chasing it and it was trying to hide under my outboard...lol

Stopped by the fish market to show my buddy Simon and told him he could have it. Well he bought it from me at a buck a pound, 18 pounds gutted!

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Old 07-22-2014, 05:03 PM
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You just never know...

Similar thing happened to me in Greensboro a few years back. Well, kinda similar. I was in my Yukon at a traffic light and a fat chick opened the door and dove into the back seat

No gaff but a club would have done the trick
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:07 PM
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Wow, what are the chances of that. Cool story.
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:47 PM
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Back in the 80's my Dad actually hit a bluefin tuna in the canyons off Jersey, had come come back with his kicker, sans lower unit. When he hit it, he was under full power coming up to plane, after impact looked back and saw the tail come above the water.
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That aint chit........my gut hurts after watching these things!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6iBL-I4xdk
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Originally Posted by t500hps View Post
That aint chit........my gut hurts after watching these things!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6iBL-I4xdk

too friggin funnny..................
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:37 AM
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Same here...
Hit something that brought me off plane, stopped and had to tilt the motor up to remove a 3.5' blue shark wedged between motor and transom.
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$1/pound for prop chopped skipjack? Is he nuts?
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Old 07-23-2014, 01:18 PM
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The locals love it, skipjack is their favorite fish. It probably sold within an hour.

I get 1.40 a pound when my prop hasn't already sashimied them. They help pay for gas.
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Never heard of that, thanks for the report!!
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Old 07-23-2014, 03:45 PM
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Ive hit dog fish on a couple of occasions while running an outboard boat. The fish wraps around the skeg/mid section and causes cavitation when it happens. I raise the motor and it floats away.
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Ahh, don't know where you are but round here the commercial price for skippies is (I think) around $0.40/pound. You also need a commercial tuna permit and a landing permit, and we can't sell directly to a restaurant.

We have to sell to a dealer, who can then sell to food service.

Rulez keep the prices down.
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I am living and working in Pohnpei, Micronesia. Anyone, local or expat can go out, catch a fish and sell it at the local market. No permits or licenses needed.

I mostly fish for and sell my bigger yellowfin to local restaurants. They pay more because I bring ice and take care of the fish I catch. Not much more though, I get just 1.50 a pound for any fish over 60 pounds
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Ahhh, we get between $3-$5/lb for yft. So I guess it is a local market oddity. Most people won't go near a fresh skippie up here. And yes, I know it's in cans on the shelf.
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