Following a two-year shutdown due to the global pandemic, Bluefin Blowout returns to Gloucester, Mass., On 26-28. July.
New England’s leading fishing tournament will involve 57 vessels from all sectors of the bluefin tuna fishery, commercial, charter and private, in a competition to see who can catch the largest bluefin tuna. Top entrants will win around $ 60,000 in prizes, but the real winner will be the Alzheimers Association, the recipient of the $ 500,000 that the event hopes to raise.
Arranged by Lyon-Waugh Auto Group and Cape Ann Marina, the tournament will begin with a captains meeting on the evening of July 26, followed by two days of fishing, with a ticket barbecue on the evening of July 27.
The official weigh-in station will be at Cape Ann Marina and closes on July 28 at. 16.30 or when the last fish is weighed.
Kyle Grant from F / V Battlewagon has been competing since 2014 and is happy to be back.
“By the end of July, there should be some big fish around,” says Grant, who came in second in 2018 with a 630-pound dressed fish. “There were a thousand pounds a year,” he says.
To date, Ken Fraser has caught the largest common tuna ever. Fishing on October 26, 1979 from Port Hood, Novia Scotia on the western side of Cape Breton Island, Fraser landed a bluefin 1,496 pounds while trawling a mackerel behind his boat. Reportedly, the fight lasted only 45 minutes before the crew got a fork in the fish.
So far, Marlene Goldstein has caught the largest tuna ever landed in Massachusetts. Caught in Cape Cod Bay in September 1984, Goldstein’s tuna weighed 1,228 pounds, making it the second largest tuna caught in the Northeast. She caught the record-breaking blue fin on a foot-long plastic squid on a spread.
According to Grant, the cost of registering to compete in the Bluefin Blowout is around $ 2,000, and the deadline is July 1st.
“It’s not that bad,” he says. “They raise a lot of money.”