Big tuna: Boat lands 441-pound bluefin
A huge bluefin tuna was caught by three men aboard the charter boat Sea Fever Thursday.
It took the three men and a live bluefish to catch the 91-inch fish that weighed 441 pounds.
With bluefin tuna selling between $5 and $8 a pound, that would seem to be a good day's pay for the boat, but Sea Fever Captain Matthew Nickerson said an engine malfunction and the cost of fuel to the fishing grounds ate into his profit on Thursday.
Also aboard the vessel on Thursday were Brian Benson and Kevin White of Plymouth.
Bigger fish have been caught by Plymouth fishermen, according to fisherman Mario Costa, owner of the Andy-Lynn charter boat. Costa, who watched the bluefin tuna being hauled off the boat, said 10 years ago he caught a bluefin that weighed 1,021 pounds.
The men said it took them about an hour and a half to steam out to Stellwagen Bank, where Nickerson said there are usually several boats vying for fish.
"Today there was me and one other guy. We left at 4 a.m. and after fishing for about 45 minutes hooked the fish," he said.