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Tunaman's Memorial

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Hidden : 5/30/2009
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As an avid Tuna Fisherman I have always loved the history of the San Diego commercial fishing fleet. My personal best is a 147 lb Yellowfin Tuna which kicked my a good way. These fishermen depict the long pole style of fishing where they chummed the fish to the edge of the boat and then gaffed them on a short line/long pole and levered the fish over their heads into the boat. This statue is of a HUGE tuna of at least 250 pounds.

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Felow cacher airman has corrected us on how these guys "long Pole" so here are the facts: Had a neighbour that worked the boats and one night he showed some old films of the fishing. One of these was produced by one of the cannery's. It showed how the fish were caught. Small fish were caught by one man. As the fish got larger they tied the lines together and the fish were referred to as one, two, three, or four pole fish. They did not gaff the fish. There was a lure at the end of the line that was connected to the grouping of poles. When the tuna were hooked they were lifted over the fishermans heads and dropped on the deck. The hooks had no barbs so the fish came off on the deck and then went into the hold. One of the films showed the crew at the table when the cook brought out dinner. He had a tray with cans of tuna on it. Each can had a fork stuck in the tuna. Richard told us that if the cook on a tuna boat ever did that it would have been the last day of his life. After lifting tuna all day and sometimes having them fall on you after coming off the hook, the last thing you want for dinner is tuna from a can. Hard and dangerous work. Ecologicaly sound but no way to compete with longlines or nets.

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