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46er

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Mar 24, 2004
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what you'll find washed up on the beach. Maybe a BIG seagull dropped it, or....

Measured around 80". Not my Jeep, used for size comparison.

 
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1Jerseydevil

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Have to wonder if died of natural causes or was tossed back when a larger one was caught? The tuna fishery is strictly regulated similar to fluke but worse.
 

46er

Piney
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Have to wonder if died of natural causes or was tossed back when a larger one was caught?
Not natural and was very fresh. The gulls hadn't got to it yet. They are getting them at the '100 Square' and some reports have them 3 miles off. This may have been lost at the boat as there is what looks like a gaff hole in the lower jaw under the eye. Not a spot a hook would be unless it was foul hooked. Over 100 incher, worth BIG money. I used to carry a permit, but nothing ever this large ever came to the boat.
 

The Wick

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Nice fish, definitely worth some $ if it was fresh. A giant sea turtle once washed up on the beach in NJ. They estimated it to weigh over 500 lbs. They had to remove it with a back hoe