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An AFTCO Original Film

The first in a film series showcasing the myths, legends, and allure of sportfishing’s best kept secrets, AFTCO presents Folklore Films: Year of the Bluefin.
Hop into the Pacific Ocean with Greg Stotesbury, retired AFTCO Tackle Manager, Avalon Tuna Club Committee Chair and legend in the SoCal fishing community, as he recounts the return of the mighty bluefin after they disappeared for nearly a century.

Legend has it that sportfishing in the United States and the Avalon Tuna Club was born out of the bluefin fishery off the coast of Santa Catalina Island. Founded in 1898, the Tuna Club is the oldest fishing club in the United States and was renowned for drawing dignitaries and celebrities alike to the island for its promise of world class tuna fishing. However, around 1935 the game fish that ushered in the sport disappeared.

It wasn’t until the mid-2010s that big bluefin reappeared near Catalina and this time in a spectacle rivaling the golden era of the past. This film explores the mysterious migration of the fish, how we can protect them, and the bonds forged by the anglers who spend their lives chasing them. One question still remains unanswered. When will they disappear again?

Catch all the action and watch the premiere of Folklore Films: Year of the Bluefin at

Along with the 8 minute video on California’s Bluefin Tuna fishery, we’ve also released a bunch of content on the history of the Tuna Club (the world oldest big game fishing club), California sportfishing, conservation efforts, and tuna recipes from our pros such as Ali Hussainy’s Guide to Sushi Cuts and Bluefin Sashimi Recipe. See all that here –

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