In 1935, a fishing legend was born off Wedgeport, Nova Scotia. Michael Lerner, a wealthy New Yorker, embarked on a mission to catch the biggest tuna ever recorded. Armed with a bamboo rod and a 300-pound tuna on the line, Lerner fought an epic battle with the mighty fish. It was a heart-pounding tug-of-war, with the fish giving everything it had to escape.
After half an hour of intense struggle, Lerner managed to pull the magnificent bluefin alongside the boat. But the fishing frenzy didn’t stop there! Lerner and his team went on to catch another enormous tuna, over 300 pounds as well. This was a transformative moment in fishing history – the first time giant bluefin tuna had been caught using rod and reel in the region.
The story of Lerner’s incredible catch spread like wildfire, drawing attention from sportswriters and enthusiasts worldwide. He returned to Wedgeport, landing a total of twenty-six giant bluefin tuna during his adventures.
The coastal town of Wedgeport was forever changed, as bluefin tuna became a prized catch, boosting its fortunes and transforming it into a fishing paradise. It was an unforgettable moment in the annals of fishing, as Lerner and his team entered the realm of legendary fishermen, revered by angling enthusiasts and elders alike.