NEWBURYPORT — Before tuna fishing became “wicked,” local fishermen had been capturing and hauling giant bluefin tuna off the coast for years.

The dangerous task has gone on to gain notoriety with the popular ABC show “Wicked Tuna,” but the history of catching giant bluefins has deep roots in Newburyport going back generations.

Newburyport residents Lee and Bob Yeomans are both experienced at fishing for tuna and hand-lining.

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