RYE — Each tin of Gulf of Maine Conservas tuna begins with fisherman Keper Connell boarding Figment, his 45-foot Novi, long before sunrise to make the two-hour, 25 mile journey from Rye Harbor in New Hampshire to Jeffreys Ledge.  

At the fishing grounds, Connell anchors where the ledge drops from 200 feet to 500 feet and sets out two or three lines baited with mackerel, herring, squid or a groundfish, if that’s what the giant bluefin tuna are feeding on. 

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