New London tuna surprise

Capt. Kevin Bentley, right, and mate Joe Brider, both of New London, measure the bigeye tuna caught by crew mate Philip Strickland, 73, of Groton in the foreground, helping gas up the boat, the Reelin, out of Capt. Scott's dock in New London. Strickland caught the tuna Tuesday about 88 miles from New London at the continental shelf off the coast of Montauk, N.Y. The crew figured the fish, which was 72 inches long and 54 inches around, would weigh approximately 280 pounds, an estimate because no suitable scale was available. The crew said it took Strickland two hours and 20 minutes to reel the fish into the boat.
Capt. Kevin Bentley, right, and mate Joe Brider, both of New London, measure the bigeye tuna caught by crew mate Philip Strickland, 73, of Groton in the foreground, helping gas up the boat, the Reelin, out of Capt. Scott's dock in New London. Strickland caught the tuna Tuesday about 88 miles from New London at the continental shelf off the coast of Montauk, N.Y. The crew figured the fish, which was 72 inches long and 54 inches around, would weigh approximately 280 pounds, an estimate because no suitable scale was available. The crew said it took Strickland two hours and 20 minutes to reel the fish into the boat. Dana Jensen /The Day Buy Photo

Capt. Kevin Bentley, right, and mate Joe Brider, both of New London, measure the bigeye tuna caught by crew mate Philip Strickland, 73, of Groton in the foreground, helping gas up the boat, the Reelin, out of Capt. Scott's dock in New London. Strickland caught the tuna Tuesday about 88 miles from New London at the continental shelf off the coast of Montauk, N.Y. The crew figured the fish, which was 72 inches long and 54 inches around, would weigh approximately 280 pounds, an estimate because no suitable scale was available. The crew said it took Strickland two hours and 20 minutes to reel the fish into the boat.

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