Saturday, October 24, 2009
Granders Getting Tagged & Breaking Rods
The TAG A Giant team let by scientists Steve Wilson of Stanford University, Aaron Spares of Dalhousie once again aboard the TAG vessel Bay Queen IV owned by Captain Dennis Cameron have had a busy day in Canada. Giant bluefins were hooked again by many of the TAG teams vessels fishing together from the ports of Nova Scotia and PEI. Three of these fish were taken to the tagging vessel. Two received a complementary set of TAG jewlry: double tagging with 1 pop up satellite tag and one acoustic tag. You can see the tags in the middle photo above. Captain Steve McGinnis who has fished and tagged with the team for four seasons came aboard on a transfer with a monster on his rod. He fought it for over 2 hours, then it snapped his rod at the base. The team recovered quicky and handlined the big fish to the door where it broke off just before being lip hooked. Well over 1000lbs but free to get a tag another day. The wind picked up late in the day just as three fish were simultaneously hooked. The TAG team has had some difficult weather this season- but what can you expect its Late October in the northern waters of the Canadian Maritimes. Congrads to everyone working hard on behalf of bluefin tuna!