Bean brothers land 770lb bluefin tuna
A whopping 770-pound Atlantic bluefin tuna was brought ashore this weekend by a team of brothers fishing at Challenger Bank.
Delvin Bean reeled in the fish on Saturday morning from the charter boat Paradise One captained by his brother, Allan Bean Jr.
His advice for landing the giant was: “Take your slow, sweet time and don’t rush it.”
He said the fish, which can weigh up to 2,000 pounds, were plentiful at the bank, a prime spot in the waters 12 miles southwest of the island.
“Their population is very healthy,” Mr Bean said. “Right now these fish are migrating, heading north — there are schools of them out there.”
The Beans bought Paradise One 12 years ago. “We’ve been on the scene for a long time,” he added.
Their return to shore with the colossus brought onlookers flocking to Robinson’s Marina, near Somerset Bridge.
But the fish’s ultimate destination was to be divided among the island’s restaurants.
At $12 to $13 per pound, the bluefin represented an impressive catch worth more than $9,000.
Bluefin are under threat in some parts of the world, but Mr Bean said Bermuda’s waters were doing well.
“The market is growing, big time,” he said. “Every year we’re catching more because there are so many out there — this is not a one-off.”