With Japan traditionally being the largest consumers of Blue Fin Tuna, The recent earthquake, will surely put a huge strain on the supply of native tuna.There will be extreme shortages throughout the entire restaurant spectrum, for this highly sought after delicacy.
This monumental destruction, along with a tsunami and then a toxic radiation leak into the ocean, Japan will be looking elsewhere, to satisfy their insatiable desire for this fish.
Japanese restaurants serve this Gigantic behemoth of a fish, in tiny little rose petal bites at a rate that can exceed 50 dollars an ounce. The top sushi chefs’ not only prepare the food, they use their artisan skills to create a delicacy for the eyes as well as the palate.
Tuna is a commodity. American fisherman have long spent their days drifting in the waves. 20 or 30 miles off the east coast off the United States, in search of Giant Blue Fin Tuna. They seek to conquer not only a legendary monster fish, but also put food on the table with a substantial paycheck.
Tuna fishing can not be described as a get rich quick plan. Sure, some will go out for the first time and happen to land that six hundred pound-er. This rarely happens and more often then not, the boat comes home with nothing more then a wish for a better tomorrow.
A hardy breed, Mr. Tuna man will wake at 3 AM, haul the gear back down to the boat, gas it up and head right back out there. Never daunted by seas or storms, ready to push right through and go get a fish.
With a short season and limits on the catch, typically one tag a day is all you get and when the quota is full, the quota is full. Hopefully you have loaded the dock with Giant Blue Fin and your bank account, for the off season. If not, you better have a backup plan, such as lobstering or crabbing.
This year is going to be different for the American Blue Fin Tuna fisherman. They are going to be hauling in not only monster fish, but a limited commodity as well. This commodity is in high demand and will be in short supply. I predict the quota this year to be filled in record time. I also predict a record number of new fisherman, getting in on the “Blue Fin rush”, as I’ll coin the term right now. (feel free to pass it on) it should rival the California gold rush of “1849”.
Catching Blue Fin Tuna is not for the weak of heart. It takes a special kind of determination to out smart them, an incredible sense of direction to find them and then an inhuman amount of strength to wrestle them into the boat.
I’ve personally spent several afternoons negotiating with giant tuna. They are very persuasive to say the least. Our last fish was 650 pounds dressed and it took me and my partner 6 hours between when we hooked up and when the fish was in the boat.
That absolutely awesome day, was back about 15 years ago for me now. I’m far to advanced in common sense and age, to think for even a moment, that an old man like me, could ever win against this champion swimmer.
Catching a Blue Fin Tuna is hard enough, getting him in the boat is another story altogether. This is one game that’s better left to the younger man.