The Guysborough Journal.
Billy Bond and crew land the big one
By Lois Ann Dort
CANSO- Living by the sea, we’ve all heard the story about the big one that got away, but have you ever heard a tale like this?
Bill Bond of Canso, skipper of the Melissa and Poppa III left last week for the
About an hour after steaming out of Ballantyne’s Cove, the fisherman were baiting their hook with herring. The baited hook lying across the side of the boat was just too tempting for one fish. It pulled up alongside the boat and swiped the bait and the battle began.
Ken Snow manned the rod and played out the line to let the
Although, the fisherman had seen the fish as it grabbed the bait, it wasn’t until they hauled it up alongside the boat that they knew the size of their catch. Bill Bond explains:
“It didn’t feel any different than any other fish we’d caught in the past. Sometimes a young fish will give you as much fight or more. We were surprised when we saw it.” And well you might be surprised to haul up a fish that weighed in at 1,110 pounds, the largest fish landed in the Gulf to date.
Bill Bond has been a fisherman all his life and has been fishing the
He’s seen some
Blue fin tuna caught in Atlantic Canada is sold by auction to buyers in Japan, where the fresh flesh of the
Bill Bond describes the difference between the European fishing model and what happens in Atlantic Canada: Tuna fisherman in Nova Scotia pursue these gigantic fish with rod and reel alone, no wenches or other mechanical devices are used to haul in the catch, just pure sweat and blood manpower. The season in the Gulf is open for two days. In that time, the quota of 50,000 tons is met. We only fish mature tuna, although there appears to be more juveniles year upon year. As for the last of the
Atlantic Canadian fisherman can only hope that the rest of the world will adopt their fishing practices and conserve the