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Bimini’s Giant Bluefin

Today's heavy-tackle tactics began more than 50 years ago in this historic fishery

January 14, 2012
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During the late ’50s and ’60s, sport fishing’s best and brightest made their way to Bimini, Bahamas, to tangle with the giant bluefin tuna that migrated through the area each spring. Photo courtesy IGFA
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A young Peter Wright witnessed the tactics that these pioneering fishermen developed firsthand — methods that continue to shape our heavy-tackle fishing to this very day. Photos courtesy of IGFA
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More sight-fishing than anything else, hunting giant tuna on the flats necessitated keen eyes and aggressive boat handling to keep the fish from running to the edge of the reef and sounding. The need to spot fast-moving fish from afar resulted in the first tuna towers. Photo courtesy IGFA
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