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Old October 4, 2000, 02:11 PM   #1
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Well, i have seen the Tuna in cans at the grocery store.
i am told that it comes from these really enormous fish that swim the oceans.
i have even seen supposed pictures of Tuna (but i also own photoshop).
I even voyaged out in a boat to hunt the Tuna.

We voyaged to the "Ham bone", as the man at the dock, where we
filled the tanks on the 45,000 dollar boat with fuel, said there were Tuna.

The ham bone is a spot on the Atlantic bottom, 35 miles off of the Delaware
where a map said the depth went from 200 feet to 220 feet in a ham bone like
Upon reaching where the GPS said the hambone lay,
we found a parking lot of other seekers of the Tuna.
An entire flotilla of disciples of the Tuna had sellected this one spot
on a rolling sea to await the coming of their fish vision.

i watched GPS maps, consulted several printed charts, monitored water
temperature gauges and depth sounders with zoned color displays.

i heard radio chatter like:
"hey big mama, where ya at?"
"up at the Chicken bone"

Do the Tuna know that humans seek them over depressions shaped like the
skeletal remains of other human food? i wonder about this.

i watched smaller fish get dismembered and dispersed to the god of chum.
i saw grown men attach balloons to fishing line. We trolled.
Back and forth on tangents around the blessed ham bone.
The captain even said he saw a Tuna jump out of the water!
We reversed our course and used the GPS mapping system to navigate circles
around the center of this spot in the ocean, where he had this vision of Tuna.

but i never saw a Tuna

Perhaps there are Tuna that navigate the briney depths,
above the ham bone, like living attack submarines...

i remain a sceptic

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Old October 4, 2000, 09:44 PM   #2
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The Giant Tuna of the Atlantic has been over-harvested for decades. The present population is around ten percent of bygone times, per National Marine Fisheries (a division of NOAA).

At one time, the Japanese were paying $60 to $100 per pound, fresh, at the dock, and flying them to Japan...I didn't miss a decimal, either!

Grocery-store tuna are mostly Pacific Yellowfin.

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Old October 5, 2000, 10:03 AM   #3
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yea but if a sportfisherman sells a Blue Fin & is caught he will loose the boat!

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Old October 6, 2000, 04:54 PM   #4
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If the elusive giant tuna is anything like channel cat in Missouri waters I've found that dropping the correct amount of explosives over the side return favorable results.


I was promised a Shortycicle and I want a Shortycicle!
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