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Science is giving anglers new opportunities to catch and release monsters in the famed giant-tuna grounds of the Canadian Maritimes

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Richard Herrmann / www.richardherrmann.com
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Malpeque, on Prince Edward Island at sunrise; its tuna fleet focuses on the commercial market but some boats fish recreationally.Capt. Vincent Daniello
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Satellite tags unlock secrets of tuna migrations.
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“Massive” describes the bluefin that visit these cold, productive waters.Paul Murray
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Tuna boats with fighting chairs are still the exception in these waters. But they shorten fight times, as Johnny Morris demonstrates.Capt. Vincent Daniello
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Canada Maritimes — Giant Bluefin Country
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Despite the deceptive camera angle, Johnny Morris’ bluefin tapped out at 1,200 pounds.Capt. Vincent Daniello
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Tags planted off Nova Scotia tracked one giant to Spain and the other to the Gulf of Mexico before both returned the next summer to Nova Scotia to feast on baitfish.Data source: Ben Galuardi / large Pelagics Research Center / ­tunalab.org
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Nova Scotia’s Wedgeport tuna museum.Courtesy Wedgeport Museum
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Early version of a fighting chair, off Nova Scotia.Courtesy Wedgeport Museum