The Outer Banks bluefin tuna fishery really opened up only in the mid-’90s and has had some up and down years since then, but Diamond Shoals consistently holds fish close to shore, with easy access out of Hatteras, Morehead City and other Outer Banks ports.Alan Kikuchi
Power Packed: Tuna jigging produces bone-jarring hits and knee-buckling battles like this one did for Ween guitarist Mickey Melchiondo.Nick Honachefsky
Bluefin jigging and popping has been standard practice in the Northeast for some time but has just caught on in the Outer Banks, with some ferocity.
Quick Work: Large bluefin are beaten efficiently with composite rod setups.Nick Honachefsky
Icebox: Tuna to be kept should be gaffed with a head shot and iced down immediately to ensure the texture and quality of the meat.Nick Honachefsky