- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) - It’s turning out to be a blockbuster bluefin tuna season off the coast of Massachusetts.

Patrick Mead, owner of fish processor Compass Seafood in Gloucester, says a steady line of boats has been showing up at his facility and it is probably the best season in a decade.

Mark Lodge of the vessel Tight Lines tells The Gloucester Daily Times (https://bit.ly/1qBPtFV ) it took him just seven minutes to hook a 644-pound tuna this week.

The fishing has drawn a horde of large and small tuna boats from all over New England to an area of Jeffreys Ledge, 10 to 12 miles off Cape Ann. Tuna are drawn to the area by the plentiful availability of food.

Fishermen have been getting between $8 and $20 per pound, depending on the tuna’s quality.

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Information from: Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times, https://www.gloucestertimes.com

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