“As a charter operator and super keen fisherman, looking after my catch is not only good practice, it’s vital in maintaining the eating quality of our tuna for our clients and ourselves. Better quality fish means our clients can enjoy their ‘day out’ well beyond the day they booked with us.”
— Richie Abela, Dream Catcher Sportfishing II
SBT are tough competitors. I love the challenge of the fight – and the joy of seeing someone catch their first big one. Take plenty of ice onboard, because if you don’t chill them down quickly the meat is ruined. When tagging and releasing a big SBT, it’s always better to have the boat moving forward slowly – and keep the fish’s head below water at all times. This makes it easier to control the fish, as fresh oxygenated water continues to flow over the gills.