During the winter of 2009 we completed some major upgrades to the Karen Lynn that we thought were going to help our customers catch more of the larger Blue Fin Tuna that we knew were going to be in our local waters in the next few years. The major school of fish that came to Cape Ann and the Gulf of Maine has grown from an average size 100-120 pounds in 2008 to what we expect will be over 200 pounds in the summer of 2010.
To help catch and boat these fish we many a number of improvements and modifications. We added a large tuna door in the transom with a ramp down to the water line. We also added a custom made deck mounted 200 gallon livewell and cooler that holds 450 pounds of ice. As Tuna grow into the “Giant” class they get harder to hook and much more finicky in what they eat. Having live bait it the best possible condition becomes crucial to coming home with fish.
To find both the bait and the Tuna we added a second sounder. We choose the new state of the art digital Furuno FCV-1150 and paired in with four transducers after much consultation with Furuno and Airmar engineers. Lastly we added some additional safety features including additional alarms and a new non skid deck coating.