shooting your tuna
I am not sure where "up north" is for you, but in 15 years of buying fish and fishing for giant tuna, I NEVER ONCE EVEN HEARD OF SOMEBODY JOKING ABOUT SHOOTING A TUNA, LET ALONE ACTUALLY DOING IT.
I have purchased thousands of fish from fisherman directly, purchased thousands more from other dealers as well.
NEVER SAW A BULLET HOLE, and if i did, i would probably have to reject the fish , as this would be TOTALLY unacceptable in Japan.
So your comments about the bullet hole as a mark of professionalism is totally wrong, i would consider the bullet hole a sign that a total CLOWN caught this fish and i better really check it over for damage and mishandling. It would NOT be a good sign to any of the 50+ fish buyers i know. more giant tuna are ruined by improper handling then all other problems combined, taking your $10+ a pound fish and turning it into catfood. i see it all the time, fish that would have brought $ 10-18+ lb if they were handled better turn into fish that i no longer can buy for export and they end up selling for $ 3-6 lb.
please tell me in what part of the world that you fish where the standard operating method is to shoot your giant tuna ? Please tell me the names of a few PROFESSIONAL captains that do this and more importantly please tell me the names of the buyers who like this, as i have lots of sub par tuna i can sell them if they enjoy fish with bullet holes in them.