As most of you already know, I rarely write about fishing. There’s good reason for that.
But when I heard about the unfortunate case of Carlos Rafael, I couldn’t resist… a caption contest.
Apparently, Mr. Rafael crew’s was asea off the New England coast when they caught a fish. A big fish. A really big fish!!!
Rafael’s boat ran across an 881-pound blue fin tuna, as seen in the photograph below. Even though Rafael’s crew had all the required permits, since they didn’t use a rod-and-reel to catch the fish (is that even possible?), but rather swept it up with a net, Rafael was forced to relinquish it to the authorities.
Federal fishery (say that five times fast) seized the big tuna, not to be confused with Bill Parcells, and according to Yahoo, sold it for just under $400,000. Rafael didn’t receive a dime. The case is still under investigation.
So, readers, I proudly present this week’s caption contest. Every article I’ve read on Rafael offered only the corniest of ‘the one that got away’ taglines. I know we can do better than that. The proud winner of this week’s contest will receive my own personal recipe for tuna fish sandwiches and a pair of slightly used, chop sticks.