efore daylight, they gathered in Hatteras, North Carolina, on a chilly March morning in 1995, for the most epic day of giant bluefin tuna fishing ever recorded. In the lineup were three veterans of the Cat Cay, Bahamas, bluefin tuna fishery, plus one seasoned and one not-so-seasoned deckhand, and a wiry 64-year-old Texan who was perhaps the only angler in the world capable of pulling on dozens of giant bluefin ranging from 350 to 500 pounds. Capt. Peter B. Wright was the maestro who organized the trip. As for Capt. Gary Stuve, the wire man of the team that caught the previous record of 16 giants off Newfoundland, Canada, in 1969, he was out fishing in Florida when the phone call came in. “When I got home, my wife was already packing my bags,” he says. Stuve, joined by “Splittail” Charlie Hayden, arrived in Hatteras later that evening, where they met up with Wright and mates John Rafter and Charles Perry and their angler, Stewart Campbell. They went fishing the next day, never expecting Campbell to release 73 giant bluefin tuna the day before his 65th birthday.