Left to right; Brian Schaffer of Lynfield; Ed Romano of Wilmington; Daniel Hurley of Maine; Michael St. Jean of Dracut; Gregg Looney of Dracut; and Allan
Left to right; Brian Schaffer of Lynfield; Ed Romano of Wilmington; Daniel Hurley of Maine; Michael St. Jean of Dracut; Gregg Looney of Dracut; and Allan Schaffer of Chelmsford pose at peir in at Compass seafood in Gloucster after weighing in over 600 pound Tuna.

In 2013, Dracut residents Gregg Looney and Mike St. Jean caught a 920-pound bluefin tuna, with a story in The Sun bringing them international attention. On Monday they landed another big one.

Though they won't say exactly where they caught this particular tuna, the crew left Beverly around 4:30 a.m on Monday on a charter boat owned by Fat Tuna Guides and directed by Capt. Bob Cook.

But it wasn't all smooth sailing. After losing a "Monstah" to an anchor line, they hooked a 600-plus-pound tuna around noon, and after an hour-long fight they were able to get a tail line on the fish.

According to Mike St. Jean, "Landing this fish was only possible because of Captain Bob and his first mate, John. It's the best charter, the action was non-stop and we marked fish all day."

The fish and its 417 pounds of meat are now packed on ice at a Gloucester fish weigh-in location, and the crew won't know the price they will get for the fish until next week.

Regardless, the same crew will be going out next year, on the same day to try again.

-- CHRIS TIERNEY


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