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Posted on Mar 13, 2013 in
Discovered! Classic Giant Bluefin Photo
by Mike Mazur
Courtesy Dave Adams/Tormenter Tackle
Dave Adams wires an enormous bluefin tuna off Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1976.


If you’re going to know anything about me, it’s this – I’m a sucker for classic black-and-white photos. There’s something about these old photos that just can’t be duplicated by today’s technology. They’re mysterious. They’re nostalgic. They make you daydream. Most of all, they make you want to fish!

So when Dave Adams, founder and chief executive of Tormenter Tackle, showed me this old shot of himself as a youngster wiring a monstrous bluefin tuna off Gloucester, Massachusetts, I knew I had to write about it here.

“I was 17 and 1,600 miles away from home,” says Adams, who grew up fishing out of Miami's famed Pier 5. “I traveled the whole Massachusetts coastline looking for work and accidentally got on the top boat.”

That boat was the Renegade out of Gloucester, and this fish — an 830-pounder — was one of 100 that Adams caught that year (1976) as a mate during his first-ever season for giant tuna. It hit a daisy chain of Boston mackerel.