351lb Bluefin Tuna Reeled In On “Tightline”

March 13, 2013

Local fishermen on board the “Tightline” reeled in a 351 lb bluefin tuna this morning [Mar 13]. Peter Lewis, Aaron Lewis, Lawson Williams and Stephen Heinz were out commercial fishing when they hooked the fish at around 8am in the Argus Bank area.

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The fishermen took about 35 minutes to land the bluefin, and it was transported to shore, and is being sold to Miles Market. Mr Lewis, the ship’s captain, has been on board other boats when bluefin tunas have been caught, but this was the first time he has caught one on his own boat.

This is the second Bluefin tuna to be caught in local waters recently, following the 329lb catch last month in Challenger Banks. Bluefins have been known to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, per fish, in Japan.

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  1. yum! says:

    SUSHIIIII!

  2. Please Leave Politics says:

    Forget miles… sell that thing in japan!

  3. Warwick says:

    Go Pete!!!!

  4. Shaka Zulu says:

    Congratulations to Peter, Aaron, Lawson and Stephen – your catch, together with those of Andrew Card and Brian Hines offers definitive proof that these tunas are passing through our waters during the winter. Guess I will have to go to Coxsie to get a slab!

    • andre says:

      Um is this fish barely of breeding size? Congratulaions for what?

      • Hooky says:

        Sounds like your clueless… Do some research before u cry foul…

      • Real Time says:

        The fish must be longer the 73cm to keep and that is not ah shorty and well over weight. They catch them on Wicked Tuna TV show all the time.

  5. Ummm says:

    People, we need to be mindful that Bluefin is extemely endangered currently through overfishing by the Japanese. We really should be releasing these fish and not advertising their catch as before we know it you will see the trawlers off shore and our stocks will be gone. I am a sushi fanatic and fresh fish lover but lets be sustainable here.

    http://www.bigmarinefish.com/bluefin.html

    • jredmond says:

      Line fishing is sustainable and trawlers are already off our shores.

      • yellowfin says:

        Yea, lets keep catching them but keep it hush,hush !! Damm I want to catch one !! Well done Pete !!

    • Necromonger says:

      The man just landed a great catch and Congrtulations..!!!

      And now you want him to throw it back in the Ocean…?? Why should he go to work and then quit his job on Payday…??

      Oh go eat some BEEF why don’t'cha…!!!

      This is Fishing..!!

    • Donna says:

      This is only the 5th one caught here in the past 15 years.Rod and reels won’t overfish these fish.Long lines will.

  6. Concerned Citizen says:

    It’s a good thing that they PLP have the foresight to push for the creation of a shoreside facility that can allow local fisherman to sustainably tap into this resource. After 3 large fish being landed, I guess PLP leader Marc Bean knows what he is talking about. Congrats to the fishermen, and kudos to the PLP leader, a man who clearly has vision for Bermuda. I hope the OBA govt listen to Bean, and follow through with this initiative. Think about it, this fish, depending on its fat and oil content, could bring up to 7000 usd, which is a good pay day for winter fishing in Bermuda. Tune in people!

    • WTF? says:

      And this, my friends, is what happens to your brain when you consume too much mercury through fish.

    • haha says:

      You’re watching too much wicked tuna mate… lol

  7. Esther Young says:

    Reel em in Peetie!

  8. Rhonda says:

    Congratulations Peter and your crew, awesome job!

  9. Nuffin but de Truth! says:

    steak n eggs please.

  10. really??? says:

    That’s my brother!! Your jus a hater!!!! Straight up! If u aint got anything nice to say then don’t say it at all!!!!!!!!!

    • Nuffin but de Truth! says:

      I don’t care if he’s your girl friend.I want steak n eggs k!

      • Dentist says:

        TUNA STEAK??? and CAVIAR???
        “Nuffin but de Truth” truthfully is a real fool!
        his name should be, “Nuffin Intellegent to Say”
        (nobody cares what you wanna eat)

  11. Bobmarlin says:

    Nice catch!However you guys have a long way to go before you catch one as big as we bies in the west end!

  12. Bermudican says:

    Nice !

    Great time for a fish fry LOL..

  13. PROMOTER says:

    WICKET TUNA, PLEASE , plz. This can be bermuda only EXPORT. DONT wait act NOW all people in high places with brains. U have been told

  14. GIVE BLOOD DRINK LESS says:

    now if only we can convert that 351lb into herb…..Just sayin. sincerely your local pot head (who has a very good job and if they found out would be fired in a heart beat…why i dont know. oh well guess i just have to get black out drunk with my colleagues and call it a day)

  15. Xman says:

    Should be fresh Tuna Steaks topped with fried onions and sauce on special in a restaurant somewhere in Bermuda.
    If fresh Tuna is done nice it should be good.
    The Fisherman just needs to tell the public who he sold it too or were he is selling it too. – or is he sending it to Japan were he could get $10,000 for it.

    • Blue Juice says:

      Read the caption under the picture. It says the fishermen took about 35 minutes to land the bluefin, and it was transported to shore, and is being sold to Miles Market. Mr Lewis, the ship’s captain, has been on board other boats when bluefin tunas have been caught, but this was the first time he has caught one on his own boat.