tuna season, even the Captain gets in the game!
Tuna line is 200 to
300 pound test braided nylon, which is tied to fifteen to twenty feet
of monofilament which is in turn tied to a tuna jig.
What Captain Jeff is holding in his hand is called an "attractor".
(There is another name for this but since this is a family website we
will let that one go.) The attractor splashes across the surface of the
water at a speed of about six knots. This splashing attracts the
tuna from the deeper water where it locates the jig.
The first photo shows just a few of the
lines. These tuna are freshly caught, bleeding out and about
to go into the freezing tanks.
The tuna are taken from the frozen fish
hold and individually loaded into the bucket. It is then hoisted up to the dock
edge of the cannery, and the bottom is opened to drop the fish into the
cart. The fish are then sorted according to approximate weight/size.
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