As far as the quality of gulf tuna goes it is less desirable than the yellowfin that comes from the upper Atlantic and the Pacific because of it’s high water content.
One solution I have found for this is to wrap your tuna loin in a very clean cotton terry towel before you seal it for the freeze. The towel absorbs enough of the moisture that the flesh is a little easier to handle at room temperature and also becomes a little deeper red in color.
Big Glenn and Oneofthepack, knew “YOU GO TO GO TO KNOW” however we had a strategy for Saturday, Oneofthepack was to call at 0500 hrs. (Saturday) after assessing the conditions that morning.
Oneofthepack woke up at 04:50 hrs, as I stood in our condo over looking the French quarter, and all the windows where rattling. The hanging sings where all parallel to the sidewalk, “GO, NO GO” theirs was no option.
Called first mate, told him to stand down, great says he, now I can spend the next 45 minutes getting all this clothes off me.
Even thou we did not go, still had to make a run to “THE PEN”, met up with Matt (salvaged our boat) we signed the papers and the boat, motor, and trailer (if he can find it would be his.
Matt said getting the boat of the pilings was easy, the hard part was when the boat feel, it fell bottom side up. Never had to up-right a 19 foot before, but it had to be a challenge.
As for “THE PEN” , no boats, with the strong (18-20) mph wind, not many boats out, none for that fact. Water did not look bad, and the birds where setting on the water.
As our Saturday moved on, it became clear, that we where not going to be able to not fish both days. So called my co polite, Big Glenn B, what do you think ask I. If you going I’m going was the answer. We establish our ETA as 0630 hrs. Thought the wind was suppose to die down in the morning.
When we got their had to almost use the paddles to move the boat, trolling motor was no match for the wind. N.W., 15-10 mph.
After being out for 5 ½ hours, we where cold down to the bone, we where glad Loveofthepack had a appointment for us to looks at house across the lake.
We stopped fishing at 11:30 hrs.
• (6) Silver Wonders (1) throw back
• (1) Flounder
• (1) Jelly Fish (Big Glenn)
• (2) Bottoms
• (1) Stick
• (1/2) bushel of grass
They where not in our honey hole, had to fish the channel to catch them, purple was the lure of choice.
Only saw (4) boats, they left and came back, but did not stay long.
We will be heading to Delacroix Isle this week, see you all out and about until then:
In response to Myron Fischer
Hey had to chime in on the lump tuna de-bait. Having been a chef for the past 15 years I have bought my share of football loins. The fish mongers grade them as #1’s #2’s ect…
The wholesale fish markets will tell you that lump tuna grades lower than other tuna however that grade is what the fisherman gets when he sells his catch. When the fish monger sells that same tuna it goes for $8.00 to $10.00 a pound! Many people in the food industry have no idea what a Lump tuna is so they are easy game for the wholesale fish monger!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Late report from Chalmette,GOM Area. Just now thawing out from yesterday!!! Some days are suited to stay home..For some, maybe, but I had to Go!!! Wind was a Good 15-20, anchored to pilings,sunken shrimp boats,and what ever else would hold the Century from drifting!!! Saw Pack, he looked cold!!! Water was stained,but not muddy. Caught 10 juvies, only five to put on ice. Yesterday, 3/8 ounce white jig hook with lsu bayou chub, in 20 ft of water was the ticket.Fished until 12:30, No Mass!!!
In response to Damon McKnight
Damon, that was a great post. I have been in the commercial seafood business for more than 30 years and I have dealt with buyers from several countrys. The buyers will find fault with whatver they can get away with. However I have never had one ask where a fish was caught. Some buyers prefer longline, some hook and line and some harpoon and some, yep even gill net, so go figure. But the ONE THING that was crucial is that you had to get the fish on ice as soon as possibble and keep it there as long as possible. Any buyer anywhere can tell if a fish got warm, no matter where it was caught or how it was caught.
Hey,Norton its Cold up here in diss Yankee Land!Ya know diss is wear FEMA sent me an Alice after datt big Blow Katrina.Dere aint no Speckled Trout,so im commin down to Venition Isles ta try and cross Lake Borgne Ta get ta Shell Beach ta catch some Trout.But i need ta Know ,is it safe ta run 45 knots cross Lake Borgne?I don’t wanna hit nuttin summurged datt would tear up my friends fiberglass hull.Man its cold up here.16 diss morn.I wanna come home ta Chilly Gentilly but my Trailer gatt no Juice yet. Entergy says its da Shaw Groups Fault an Shay say its Entergys Fault.all i no is 1 of ems lyin.Love an Miss all you Coon Ass’s Cher.
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