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Would you fish for "caged" tuna

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Anglers wait their turn to get ferried back to shore after their tuna fishing session in the Irish Sea. Anglers wait their turn to get ferried back to shore after their tuna fishing session in the Irish Sea.

One enterprising fish farmer in Ireland has set aside one day a year to allow anglers the chance of a lifetime to fish for bluefin tuna in his pens located off the Irish coast.

While their wild cousins still swim off the coast of Ireland most local and visiting anglers never get the chance to experience the thrill of hooking into one of the oceans greatest fighters, the bluefin tuna. Until now that is as the owner of one Irish fish farm has found a very innovative way to boost his annual income by allowing anglers the chance to fish for tuna in his pens located in the Irish Sea.

The scheme has been so successful that places are distributed through a lottery scheme and over-subscribes every year as eager anglers fight for a once in a lifetime experience.

Owner Michael E. Finn is pleased with the success - "I am glad that anglers now get the chance to come and catch one of my fish and discover for themselves just how hard they can fight." He went on to explain that he does see plenty of fly fishers as well as regular anglers along with a great many broken rods. "They just don't have a clue how hard they are going to fight" says Finn. "Luckily I have a stock of tackle on hand at reasonable rates to ensure that everyone can keep on fishing until their session is over."

You'll need good sea-legs though as the pens are of course subject to the wind and the waves and the casting platform around the edge is rather narrow - wearing a life-preserver is essential although there is a boat on hand at all times should anyone take a step back too far! "Once they hook a fish falling in is not a problem" laughs Finn, "they'll be too busy being pinned against the rail as 50lbs or more of angry tuna pulls them forwards."

If you fancy entering the lottery yourself you'll need to check your diary and put a big red ring around April 1st!

 







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Comments (6 posted):

mcnerney on 01/04/2011 14:41:17
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Paul: That is an interesting story, I guess it would depend on the price, but if not too expensive I would probably give it a go, once at least. It would be kind of interesting to experience how hard a tuna can fight! From the sounds of it they must pull pretty hard, I wonder what size of rod would be needed, maybe a 10 wt? Anyone with experience know what the proper rod is for a tuna? Larry
khl on 01/04/2011 15:00:57
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Ummm Larry - I'm going to guess Paul just caught you with a pretty damn good story. April 1, Mick E. Finn..... :) Kai Paul: That is an interesting story, I guess it would depend on the price, but if not too expensive I would probably give it a go, once at least. It would be kind of interesting to experience how hard a tuna can fight! From the sounds of it they must pull pretty hard, I wonder what size of rod would be needed, maybe a 10 wt? Anyone with experience know what the proper rod is for a tuna? Larry
mcnerney on 01/04/2011 15:15:15
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Ummm Larry - I'm going to guess Paul just caught you with a pretty damn good story. April 1, Mick E. Finn..... :) Kai Kai: Maybe so, I forgot it was April 1:D Larry
MoscaPescador on 01/04/2011 16:08:02
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I thought that I've seen this story on some past April 1. MP
Glen Wright on 01/04/2011 16:08:34
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That is a awesome April Fools joke! He even got me go'n.
Editor on 01/04/2011 23:06:19
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Good spot Kai - sorry Larry ;-)
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