Lyme Bay Tunny

Dorset Magazine|June 2020

Lyme Bay Tunny
During the 1930s the rich and famous fished for tuna off Scarborough, now bluefin tuna have been spotted here

‘Bluefin tuna are seen on a regular basis in Lyme Bay’

Tuna have been in British waters for centuries. Back in the early 1900s, tunny as it was called back then, would feed on the vast herring fishery off the east coast of England. Tunny weighing 300kilos plus were fished for both commercially and for sport. I found a couple of great books about this including The Glory Days of the Giant Scarborough Tunny.

During the 1930s there was an annual fishing event in this North Yorkshire town where the likes of movie stars, industrialists, ladies, and military heroes would fish from small wooden boats called cables, each tied to the herring trawlers with a long rope so if one of these bluefin giants took the bait they wouldn’t take the angler and the boat out into the ocean.


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June 2020