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August 26, 2013

Everyone showed up but the tuna

Second 'Bluefin Blowout' tourney draws 45 boats, but ends in shutout

It’s not as if they weren’t trying.

Forty-five boats went out on Friday on the first day of fishing in the second Bluefin Blowout at Cape Ann’s Marina and Resort and 45 boats came back. And nobody was packing any tuna.

No worries. A whole other day of fishing awaited on Saturday.

Then on Saturday, a spectacular day that seemed ordered straight from room service, the intrepid 45 headed back out in search of the great bluefin.

At the end of the day’s fishing, or as the Irish say, in the heel of the hunt, the intrepid 45 boats returned. Nary a one carried a tuna.

And with that, the Bluefin Blowout became the Bluefin Bustout. Forty-five boats tied for first. Forty-five boats tied for last. Talk about parity.

Apparently no one invited the tuna.

“It’s just crazy,” said Rob Bouley, one of the co-founders of the Bluefin Blowout tournament, as he stood on the docks Saturday evening as the last the boats made their way in. “We talked about the possibility of no one catching anything last year in our first year. But with so many more boats this year, it never even occurred to us.”

Bouley and partner Drew Hale obviously weren’t pleased that the bluefin tossed a shutout, but like everyone else they know there are no guarantees when it comes to fishing. Just ask the Gloucester commercial fleet.

“It’s been a great two days, just no fish,” Hale said. “We’ve had boats all the way out to Cape Cod and up to New Hampshire, anywhere from 14 to 40 miles out. And no fish. Unbelievable.”

Around 4 p.m., as Bob Marley & the Wailers’ “Waiting in Vain” appropriately pulsed from the speakers, the two partners started planning contingencies in case their tournament fleet got whitewashed.

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