In the heyday of Hemingway and Sinatra, the islands of Bimini and Cat Cay were teeming with giant Bluefin tuna – establishing the area as the birthplace of big game sport fishing. Today, commercial overharvesting and other factors have all but wiped out the Bluefin population from these waters that were once home to the famous Cat Cay Tuna Tournament. Now Costa, along with the legendary Merritt family, are out to prove that sport fishing has a future in Tuna Alley. Follow the quest to revive an island, a sport and a legacy.
It’s been more than 35 years since a Merritt last caught a giant bluefin tuna off the coasts of Bimini and Cay Cay. Decades after Allen Merritt won the legendary Cat Cay Tuna Tournament eight times, commercial overharvesting and other factors have all but wiped out the bluefin population in these once teeming waters. Now Roy Merritt Jr. is on a quest to show the world — and his grandfather — that sport fishing has a future in Tuna Alley. But catching and releasing one of these 700+ pound elusive beasts won’t be easy, and it has nothing to do with their size.