Weight of pre-prepped bluefin

aquaholic

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How much weight does a 100lb bluefin lose when it’s prepped for the fish hold on a sport boat? Just curious how much they weigh when they come over the rail as opposed to being weighed for the processor.
 

Kos

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    I talked to Five Star fish processing and they say approx. 12% weight loss from the time it's caught to the time it gets to them. It works out better now for us fisherman because we're giving the processor a fish that weighs less than when it was caught, so we pay less to have it processed. The downside is you never get an exact weight unless the boat has a scale on board.
     
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    mike garrahan

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    I don't think it works out better for the fishermen. Processing used to be 65 cents a pound for a long time. Once the boats started doing more gill and gut for the bigger tuna the processors just raised their prices. You used to get a discount if you paid cash and often they would throw in a free T shirt. Those days are long gone. First it went to .75 then .85 and then .95. I think they skipped $1.05 and went straight to $1.10. Now if you bring in a fish that is not gilled and gutted you still pay the higher price.
     
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    sickcat

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    Taping them out (length and girth) is an easy way to get you a reasonable weight.

    Check this thread:

     
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    kevina

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    I talked to Five Star fish processing and they say approx. 12% weight loss from the time it's caught to the time it gets to them. It works out better now for us fisherman because we're giving the processor a fish that weighs less than when it was caught, so we pay less to have it processed. The downside is you never get an exact weight unless the boat has a scale on board.
    I know the processors aren't happy about the weight lost. It just a matter of time before they add 10% to the weight of a gill and gutted fish or charge a different price for gill and gutted fish.
     
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    bullyo

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    They are a small business and an absolute luxury to have. No matter what they charge, you don't have to use them. Try opening a similar operation and see what the costs amount to for the freezers, a/c, permits, etc., blah blah blah. Never mind finding a steady workforce with their crazy hours. Anyone remember the days of letting the popsicles thaw out?

    I have and will use them as they provide a great product/service and it is100x easier than doing myself
     
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    surfgoose

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    My last big tuna taped-out at 205# and after being gilled & gutted and bled was weighed at Five Star at 180#. So the percentage figures mentioned are pretty close.
     
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