Film ID:
YFA 1241



Visitor Tabs


UK tuna fishing began in 1929, and much of the early fishing occurred off the coast of Scarborough, Whitby, and Flamborough.  It attracted many sport and commercial fishermen catching record numbers of fish.  This film documents a sport fishing expedition and the catch of the day.

Title – Tunny in Action
Title – Taking Ground Bait

A group of sport fishers, four men and one woman, are out in a small motor boat in the middle of the sea.  They are fishing for tuna off the side of the boat with small pieces of bait.  The fish can be seen near the side of the boat coming close to the surface of the ocean.

Title – Away Again

There are now two smaller boats both with sport fishers aboard.

Title – Bamboo Pole for Holding up Bait

Two poles can be seen hanging over the side of the boat, and the large fishing pole being controlled by the female sport fisher.  They manage to catch a large tuna and pull it close to the side of the boat.  The fish tries to swim away, and a system of pulleys is needed in order to get the fish onto the deck of the larger fishing boat.

Title – A Lady of the Party with her Fish

On the deck of the large fishing boat, the lady poses with two men next to the fish.  It is hanging by its tail and looks to be over 6 feet long.

Title – Away Again
Title – Here’s Another One
Title – Hoisting Aboard Once More

More fish have been caught and are brought aboard the large ship via a pulley system.

Title – A Mix Up, Lines Crossed.  Both Fish Eventually Killed

Two of the smaller boats cross paths, both very close to catching fish.

Title – The Boat Taken Watch the Line Going Out.

A man has hooked the fish onto the pulleys, though unlike the others caught that day, this fish is fighting particularly hard against being brought on board.

Title – He is Dead but he Won’t Lie Down
Title – A Wonderful Two Days Sport

The sport fishers pose along with the crew on the deck of the large boat.  Laid out in front of them are at least 8 very large fish covering the rest of the deck.

Title – Hardy Tackle Stands Supreme
Title – And So Closes A Perfect Day.

The film ends as the two boats sail off into the sunset ending a day of fishing out at sea.