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Cape Cod Harpooning Giant Bluefin Tuna – S03 E10 The Cape

Cape Cod Harpooning Giant Bluefin Tuna – S03 E10 The Cape


This is a fishery I’ve wanted to see ever
since I was a kid. This water here brackish or straight salt? When I think
of Cape Cod game fish there’s really only two species that come to mind one
is the bluefin tuna and the other species is the striped bass. Tyler the owner and captain
of a Cynthia C harpoon boat. The harpoon fishery is extremely intriguing
to me there is no by catch. this is a cleanest fishery there is
Tyler has it down to an exact science all right go ahead I got a flash I got
em 12 o’clock 12 o’clock. My name is Ali Hussainy
I grew up in Southern California and now operate one of the largest sport fishing
websites in the world just another day at the office. My office not yours. Laughing.
I”m Rush Malt Florida Keys native and career fishing guide for the
past 20 years. When I come out to California you can let me catch all the
300-pound tunas. Passion is our profession and we know there’s more to
fishing than just the catch. There’s a good mark. I’m not superstitious but
that’s bad luck. whew Get with um come with um. We explore the people places and species that make up the culture of fishing You know coming from California when I
think of Cape Cod I think of a few different things I think of lobster
rolls summer vacation beautiful summer homes overlooking the water
the Kennedys big old houses and giant lawns families enjoying the warm summer
weather here along the beach the other thing that I think of when I think of
Cape Cod is of course the famous movie Jaws. That’s a good one I would say he’s
a solid 12 feet it doesn’t like us now he doesn’t like the boat
yeah that’s a solid 12 footer Wow coming back at the boat gonna eat the boat one
shark I haven’t seen and I’ve always wanted to see is the great white shark I
was hoping to see you know that iconic animal that was awesome thank you. When I
think of Cape Cod game fish there’s really only two species that come to
mind you know one is the bluefin tuna a fish that I love love to chase and the
other species is the striped bass and in my mind that’s the iconic every man’s
fish on the East Coast. This water here brackish or straight salt? This is
straight salt in this this place. I take a lot of clients from the Northeast and
a fish they talk about a lot is the striper I mean it’s pretty much their
staple up here in the Northeast yep go around the net yep. What’s really
cool about these striped bass is you can catch them in a lot of different ways
you can catch them bottom fishing just like we would back home
you could catch them on artificials but one of the ways we caught these fish was
rip fishing which was a really cool experience. See him eat it right there on
the surface see him we got his mouth. They catch him
in all sorts of ways in every location and this was something that we had to do
I know I felt a couple whacks I might have just got robbed. Enter our new
friend Colin Lundhome this guy is young he’s a hustler he is on it all season
long and he is the guy to put you on that big striped bass so these fish are
actually coming up on these sand flats with big waves breaking on them and
you’re actually seeing the fish surfing down the wave casting artificial s or
live baits in to um and watching them literally follow the baits all the way
up until they hit the bait. I got um coming now. Yeah that’s a nice fish see
him yeah and hey look at them swimming down the wave right there isn’t that cool. Look at that big old mouth that’s a good one man now I go to oh ye
holy fish that’s the guy right there dude I’m stoked seriously thank you
that’s a cos I’m good I’m going to let him go yeah that’s my kind of fish big
aggressive and also great table fare bunker other thing that’s really wrong
yeah there eat squid bunker and then they get really tough to hook when
they’re on sand eels and like little rain bait here looks like it’s the right
flavor that was a good one sweet I’ve never never got one of the
ocean I’ve caught some freshwater ones in rivers and lakes but never one the
ocean how does it work calling you guys go by slot limits right so 28 and above
you can keep recreationally and then commercially 34 inches in above but how
BIG’s that guy 28 29 let’s just say let’s say he’s
right it’s 28 yeah awesome awesome awesome so we let this guy go yeah go
for it no striped bass in my mind is a really
awesome game fish it almost reminds me of the Northeast yellowtail or Florida’s
cobia almost look like cobia back yeah they’re so fat what are they feeding on
these ones out here been feeding on sand eels I mean lately all these birds
picking up the surface here I’ve always been fascinated by them but never caught
any somebody can tell you how a fish bites they can try and explain it to you
but until you actually catch one and fight one you’re never really gonna
realize what that fish has to offer until you experience it for yourself
wow they are squirrely every time they turn and shake their head and swear
you’re gonna lose them huh cookie cutters yeah your bread-and-butter short
season we have like I’ll fish May through some May through August fish
drivers and then that’s it you know local knowledge is brought to you by
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things I’ve really enjoyed is being able to go out with different fishermen from
all over the world oh man these are cool I’d like even scale down the gear on
this guy right here I’m using this little I mean it’s fun on this and it’s
nice after guiding people my whole life to actually get guided now where is the
bulk of the charter fleet they just spread out all over the place they’ve
they run little boats like you’re running here bigger prize some bigger
Downeast bullets and stuff yeah there’s a little better 33 inches of me might be
34 I want to learn all I can from these different fishermen and you know what
they have to offer there we go right on the bird all right with any fishery
there’s your bread-and-butter fishery that’s that fish you’re gonna leave the
dock and know that you have a good chance of catching one or a lot of those
fish so these guys are up feeding on the little fry man oh we’re seeing in the
water this would be like good on the fly yeah running and gunning yep yep because
they’re on that little beat so four you know San Diego it’s the yellowtail
the keys we have quite a few of them up here in the Northeast the
bread-and-butter fish is the striped bass so little boat boats
I love the Northeast I love them too I think these things for what I do at home
would be killer top anywhere hey guys hey how’s it going good eye speech man I
look owner and captain of the Cynthia C harpoon boat thanks for having us out
we’re stoked to check out your fishery here up here in the Northeast and
particularly Cape Cod area this is a fishing culture both commercial and
sport with very very deep roots awesome boat 38 Holland yeah this is built up
here locally yeah it’s built up in Belfast Maine all of the culture all the
flavor all the awesome scenery aside we’re here on a mission and our mission
is to learn more about a couple of species you know that this area is known
for how long you been in this fishery I’ve been since I’ve been fishing since
85 I was 17 when that harpoon my first fashion I’ve caught plenty of bluefin
tuna in a lot of different places I’ve caught the biggest in PEI I’ve caught
some of the smallest at home but there’s one technique that I have not
experienced and that is that North East harpoon fishery there is no bike catches
this is a cleanest fishery there is the harpoon fishery is extremely intriguing
to me I grew up in a background in the keys of spear fishing this is the
shooting we call the shooting line this is the first hundred and 25 feet of the
rig the rig consists of this the shooting line and then 500 feet of hot
wire for lobster more three-eighths-inch one thing I really enjoy doing is
picking other fisherman’s brains it’s specially fishermen like Tyler the
harpoon is 12 feet long and it’s got to weight it in made of brass the dart will
come off completely free the harpoon will slide up the line those fish show
usually have to want a clock so that’s why you need
really nice conditions into the after service and then you know like fisherman
the fisherman the book opens up next thing you know he’s showing us sort of
the tricks of the trade and this is why I rig like this and this is why I stab
this rope custom made with wire going through it so I can zap these SOPs as
soon as I get a harpoon in them I lean in so you can think about it I’m leaning
in the belly rails hit me right about my hips so I’m leaning forward I got one
I’m like this but you got your feet staggered like this right yeah I’d like
some like this this would be so hard this dick boat fishery is really very
similar to the California historic sword fishery that we have there with the
harpoon coming into a fish you’ve got two guys in the tower one guy comes down
the tower walks the plank now you’ve got a wheelman and you’ve got a harpoon man
is you gonna have ice running through your veins you’re standing over a five
thousand ten thousand dollar bill and you got to put that harpoon on the mark
on a moving target from a plank on a moving boat just think about that that
is not an easy thing to do I always say you know you can learn a lot more from a
pro in a couple of days of mission with them then you could ever figure out
years of doing it yourself and Tyler is a pro and this is his fishery and he
really has a lot you you know whenever we go to a new place
one of the first things we seek out the fish house this is our what we call our
brine tank so after the fish are landed the fisherman will bleed it out right
after they cut it catch it whether it’s harpooned or rotten real the fish house
that we checked out here the Wellfleet seafood company
these guys know tuna skin fat there is that light light orange color all right
like a steak they know how to process the tuna they know how to chill a tuna
they know how to grade a tuna they know how to sell it – this is a very
obviously a very regulated fishery so every fish as soon as it’s caught as
soon as we buy the fish we put our tag on its left that’s that yellow that’s
this orange tag here you can’t think about this place without having an
appreciation for its deep connection to the ocean and what the ocean provides
for the people here and has provided for a long long time
our porting is the most selective fishery of all the commercial fisheries
one ant you’re targeting one animal there’s no hooks involved so you don’t
you know it’s not a mystery of what you’re going after or what bit the hook
it’s you’re going after a specific animal
I look it our forwarding tunafish very much like I
look at deer hunting be honest it’s almost identical
Tyler has it down to an exact science where he’s harvesting that one fish at a
time we we see him up running mic will take control of the wheel and
I’ll get down the front end the pulpit see if we can’t sneak up close enough to
one and take a shot with the harpoon we’ll have the plane up
about ten o’clock or so start helping us out yeah definitely yeah climb back up what
do you think about it right in here let’s look all right it’s good-looking
conditions the plane serves multiple birth you know sir purposes I’m a
warning Scouty areas real quick looking for tuna
fish obviously basically is to think about it it’s just an 800 foot Tower
bluefin is kind of a unique tuna one of the most interesting things about the
bluefin in my mind is the distances they travel why they travel where they travel
the sizes that grow to in certain areas you know our average fish is thirty
pounds but that average fish in PEI is 700 pounds that fish in the Gulf might
be 500 pounds it’s just a unique species that occurs really in every shape and
size you can imagine and they get caught in almost every corner of the world it’s
probably one of the most notorious fish for a lot of reasons yeah I see okay I’m right on doing it
got him right there you know what those are right those were 50 pound stripers
yeah there’s tuna in here gummies Dougie saw there’s tuna in here you know going
into this I had a feeling gonna be a lot of riding around a lot of waiting but
when it was time to go it’s time to go how far you got him I got him I got him
I got him I got him right there eleven o’clock Tyler to me is the best at what
he does there’s a reason there’s only one person who gets out on that pulpit
when it’s good time I got I got residual a were right here let him square up Mike
let him get up for a second it’s a skill and it’s not a skill that you build
overnight this has honed over years and years of experience so what happened
there Tyler were they just porpoising up and down or no they were they’re up just
up on the surface we were only picking a direction they were we did spend about
six or seven hours on the boat we had a lot of opportunities the plane it
spotted spots of fish you know we had a couple false alarms with some big
striped bass saw some fish quite a few miles away ran for a ways to get up to
him by the time we got there the fish had gone down started getting late in
the day and our spotter plane literally was low on fuel and had to go in you
know at that moment you’re kind of thinking in your head well this this
might be over you’re our eyes in the sky or they’re gone basically you know now
we’re totally dependent on our own eye right there at 12 o’clock about three
boats okay 12:30 right there see him roll in the
white water you got them all right there swimming all right go ahead I got collar
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bit go left okay square up on them now square up on them now
the thing that really blew me away about this fishing was everybody on the boat
is in the game let me know where you got call up now the excitement starts the
adrenaline starts going you’re seeing fish I got him twelve o’clock twelve
o’clock start making our way towards them you know you’re kind of thinking
all they’re gonna stay up well these fish did stay up follow K give me on him I got him I don’t think so
good good good good good good good good good slow me down slow me down slow me
down that’s a monster guys that is a monster freakin fish all right you’re
about to see a recreation of Jaws I don’t know I don’t know wise it’s out
nope he’s not dead he’s going say goodbye
one thing that marks a true fisherman and I was not just thinking about that
one fish his efficiency was so good he was able to actually get a fish get him
on the high flyer got fish just popped up off the bow have another rig rigged
up ready to go and we actually got a shot at another fish stick another
winner we’re gonna go free rigged Mike keep your eye out for him again they
might come right back up like they did earlier got another dart in another fish here we
are fighting two fish two fish over 500 pounds he is deader than a doornail he’s
dead let’s do our dead thing what are we doing dead fish make sure he starts side
down get that tarp nice and wet and get there electrocuting that fish that fish
dies immediately no lactic acid no burnout
they bring that fish into the boat in a matter of minutes all right let’s get
that fish bleeding it’s bled gutted and packed with ice
there’s no finer product and that’s why Tyler gets out of bed at 3 a.m. every
morning you tell me when you want me to go back what’s right on the bottom 157
feet down this is a fishery I’ve wanted to see ever since I was a kid
what more exciting fishery is there than being out on a 20-foot pole play with a
20-foot spear chasing one of the biggest animals that roam our oceans probably
the biggest thing that I learned here was the respect and the dedication that
these harpoon guys have for this fishery coming here and having the opportunity
to fish with Pilar was a great experience just meeting the guy just
talking to him even if I never stepped foot on his boat would have been a great
experience the guy is a wealth of knowledge the guy is a true Waterman a
true fisherman he loves these fish he’s dedicated to these fish he’s chasing him
with a passion and he is stewarding his fish and taking them the way they should
be taken this is a unique place and we will definitely be done
I’ve really fallen in love with the North East Cape College specially and
planned on coming back very soon

100 comments on “Cape Cod Harpooning Giant Bluefin Tuna – S03 E10 The Cape

  1. As someone who grew up summers on the Cape I can say this was a great video and really captured the fishery I love — Nothing like fishing the rips — Throw in a few lobster salad rolls with cape cod chips and we have the perfect day —

  2. traditional harpoon – taiwan style
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uZH0BeluTw&lc=z23expcolxvbg3qdxacdp430fu2bo0xmgacqdhowpxlw03c010c

  3. this way of fishing happened to be in Taiwan still today to keep the meat fresh and clean for raw tasting. good works guys.

  4. – Awesome video! 👍🏽💕💯 I live in Connecticut, I have family in San Diego & L.A. also. I love Cali. I'm a huge seafood fanatic. I'd love to go fishing & learn more. Haven't fished in many years. You guys are badaxs!! 🤗😬💋💯

  5. This message is 4 Tylor! Fabricate a form of Zeppelin/Drone on a tether that you could retract…2 determine location of the fish.There for no plane necessary.(equipped with monitoring scanners)

  6. that is newfoundland tuna,,,if you american,s keep killing are fish ,,, a newfoundland warship will be down to sink your ships,,,,,,may even send a few sub,s down to,,,,you have been warned,,,

  7. About 71 percent of the Earth's surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water.
    Enjoy it until Revelation 8:8-9 Revelation 8:8–11 (HCSB): The Second Trumpet

    8 The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain ablaze with fire was hurled into the sea. So a third of the sea became blood, 9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

    The Third Trumpet

    10 The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from heaven. It fell on a third of the rivers and springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood, and a third of the waters became wormwood. So, many of the people died from the waters, because they had been made bitter.

    Just saying 😉

  8. Sure wish you guys would be responsible sportsman and stop killing those big breeding bluefin for the god damn asian market.

  9. Passion? All i see i greed! Blue fin tuna is endangered because of greedy fisher men who cant come up with better ideas than emptying our oceans for their own good.

  10. It’s so sad that we’re killing off almost everything in the ocean I’m 30 or 40 years are planet is doomed unless we start doing something now and we have to protest trump removing pollution prevention laws

  11. Great video! Raised in Cali lived in CONNECTICUT for 25 yrs. So loved and miss Stripper fishing…and eating.👍

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  13. My ancestors used to do this — in the 1920s. But they were in the Tusket Rip.
    Then an American sport showed up with rod and reel (he'd heard about the giants up there). His name: Michael Lerner.
    Eventually we (as in 2 generations ago) built a 40 foot boat and had some fun. But then the fishery just shut off in a short period of time. There are no more bluefin in Tusket Rip. Was it the hydro dam on the Tusket? Or the bridge in PEI? I don't know, but they don't run inshore there any longer. Haven't in any numbers since the 1950s. BTW that dam destroyed the Atlantic Salmon run on the Tusket. That was another thing that my father used to do in the 1930s, flyfishing for salmon. All gone.

  14. Look up assholes in the dictionary and y'all be staring at yourselves… no different than going to Africa and killing Lions!!!

  15. I hate seeing these giants killed, but I know how well the fisherman take care of the fishery here in America. Great Video!

  16. I’m surprised someone actually made a video about cape cod, which is where is live, I also sometimes go fishing with my friends, but we never catch a fish the size of yours, we just catch some tiny fishes, but I am really surprised that someone made a video in cape cod, the arm of Massachusetts

  17. Harpoon damage certainly devaluates the product but still, those suckers are going to bring in some serious $$$$. And much respect, all done by hand, the old way.

  18. I think it was 1964 but the Bluefin where in Cape Cod Bay thick, and they were huge. There were 700 pound tuna under the dock in Provincetown and there were dozens of Orca and Great Whites out there, there were 500 pound tuna washed up on the beach in North Truro and Welfleet with huge bites out of them. They were harpooning them from 13 foot Boston Whalers and tossing barrels out to wear the fish down and the Tuna Traps were packed full at low tide, was pretty spectacular.

  19. harpooning and spearfishing are the best forms of fishing, no bycatch, ghost catching, plastic etc

  20. When I was a kid, I THINK about 1966 or so there were huge bluefin tuna under the dock in P-town because there were pods of killer whales all over, some guy harpooned one and it over 600 pounds. All the tuna traps between North Truro and P-Town were full and people were harpooning them from 13 foot Boston Whalers. Massive dead tuna with huge bites out of them were laying on the beach in Wellfleet, pretty epic.

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  22. Bluefin tuna must be a gold mine…it's like harpooning gold bricks or armored car money bags out of the ocean.

  23. good hunting excellent crews good fishing WOW catch thank you for sharing your story 👍👍👍 well deserved

  24. Yup, He says, " fishing and deer hunting are almost identical " . So is baking a apple pie and cleaning out a sewer line the same ,, i guess ??

  25. loud screaming girls & 2 fish @ the last. still though, excellent shots & i respect the selective nature and quick kills on the fish.

  26. going harpooning this weekend on the cape…. perks for being born and raised here and working with all types of fishermen on the cape… yet this will be my first for tuna

  27. I do all my fishing on the cape. Loved this video but I have one point of criticism. Ali said that the only two species that come to mind are the bluefin tuna and the striped bass. Our offshore fishery is just as good as Southern California, if not better. We catch bigeye tuna, yellowfin, wahoo, blue marlin, and Mahi at the canyons and even catch Mahi and yellowfin inshore depending on the year.

  28. Nothing quite like the thrill of targeting endangered species. I guess it's okay to keep killing them since you use a harpoon and respect them so much lol

  29. Another good film, I liked this. I watched wicked tuna plenty of times but never heard the harpoon guys talk about electrocuting em, makes me wish we had sport fishing in Britain.

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