1st Gloucester Bluefin on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

This shared charter aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters in June landed the 1st Bluefin tuna in Gloucester for the 2017 season.

1st 2017 Gloucester Bluefin on Tuna Hunter

Congratulations to Mindy and Doarsha, as they joined up on a shared tuna charter to battle this guy to the boat.   This giant Bluefin opens the season – and many more big fish and great angling battles to come.  Bluefin are feeding on bunker and mackerel, fattening up for future charters.

To reserve your Bluefin tuna charter call 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com or reserve now.  Good fishing to you !

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Tuna Hunter Spring Haddock Fishing

Haddock Fishing aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

Tuna Hunter Fishing Haddock Charters

Spring haddock fishing is underway – anglers are pulling in plenty of haddock and even a halibut here and there. Tuna Hunter is now fishing every day, heading to favorite bottom fishing spots on Stellwagen Bank and Jeffreys Ledge.

Striped Bass are migrating into Cape Ann waters now – there are schoolies in the rivers, and sizeable stripers follow them up the coast. Striped bass fishing charters will be in full swing by Memorial Day.

And don’t forget that bluefin tuna season opens June 1st. Tuna Hunter is ready to go. There are plenty of sand eels and other bait on the fishing grounds ~ lief abounds, which bodes well for great early season giant bluefin tuna fishing.

Call us at 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com to join us for spring or summer fishing charters. You just cannot beat a fine day on the water ~ Good fishing to you!

 

It’s Haddock Time ~ Gloucester Haddock Chaters in full swing

It’s Haddock Time!  Congrats to Paul and Anotoli on a fine day of haddock fishing aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

Plenty of haddock out there to keep everyone reeling and bring home tasty haddock for dinner.

        Call 978-407-1351  or captain@tunahunter.com to reserve your charter.

Haddock time for Paul and Anotoli on Tuna Hunter

 

 

 

Almost Here ~ Spring and Spring Fishing!

Never mind the snow – Spring is here!  That means spring haddock fishing is right around the corner.

 Tuna Hunter  opens the 2016 fishing season wit hhaddock fishing starting May 1st.

We are hard at work now spiffing up Tuna Hunter for the coming season. We look forward to being on the water hauling in haddock.

Pineapple Gang Tuna Hunter Haddock Fishing

As of May 1st Tuna Hunter is fishing every day – for haddock, pollock, cusk. As soon as the striped bass migrate in inlate May, we will be running striped bass charters.  As of June 1st we can start  bluefin tuna fishing charters.

 Call us at 978-407-1351 to reserve your fishing charter – Spring is much more fun on the fishing grounds!

 

Last Minute Gifts for Your Fisherman ~ Tuna Hunter

A Tuna Hunter Gift Certificate in any amount is fast, can get there by Christmas, and keeps giving in the middle of fishing season when the striped bass, haddock, bluefin tuna and sharks are biting.

Call us at 978-546-7992 to fishing up your shopping for all your fishermen and women.

Good fishing and Happy Holidays to All,

 Gary and Karen

Bluefin Tuna Action Begins – Country Boys Boat Bluefin Beauty

Tuna Hunter starts the bluefin tuna season strong, boating this 400lb bluefin beauty to start things off.

Steve and the Country Boys angled this bluefin for 1 1/2 hours.  The guys got sore arms, big smiles, sushi, tuna steaks and a free trip.

The fish got a free trip to Japan.

Congratulations to all!

Steve and Crew 400lb Bluefin Tuna

Tuna and Bait on the Banks Now Point to June Tuna!

Our offshore scouts report jumping bluefin tuna and plenty of bait on our fishing grounds.

This much life on the banks now indicates a June tuna season – Yeah! 

Bluefin tuna opens June 1st, and yes we have some June openings.  

Consider a Tuna Hunter Fishing Charter for graduation, Father’s Day, or celebrate beginning of summer with a giant bluefin tuna.

Call us at 978-407-1351 for the latest reports and opening – Good fishing to all,

 Gary & Karen

 

Bluefin tuna on Tuna Hunter

NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Recreational Groundfish Measures

Today NOAA FIsheries also opened a comment period for recreational cod and haddock fishing policies:

NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Groundfish Recreational Measures by June 1, 2015.

Today, NOAA Fisheries published an interim final rule for the Northeast recreational groundfish fishery. This rule implements a reduction to the minimum size (now 17 inches) and a bag limit of 3 fish per person per day for Gulf of Maine haddock taken in the recreational fishery. 

 

This interim rule is necessary to ensure that the recreational catch of haddock and recreational bycatch of cod will not exceed the annual catch limits for the recreational fishery in fishing year 2015. 

 

This rule should reduce discards of cod and haddock by allowing anglers to retain smaller haddock so that they reach their bag limit more quickly.   

 

Read the complete rule as published in the Federal Register, and submit your comments through the Federal Rulemaking ePortal. Or, submit your comments via mail to:

 

John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator

National Marine Fisheries Service

55 Great Republic Drive

Gloucester, MA 01930 

 

Mark the outside of the envelope, ”Comments on the fishing year 2015 Haddock Recreational Measures.” 

The comment period closes on June 1, 2015.

 

Questions? Contact Mark Grant, Regional Office, at 978-281-9145 or email Mark.Grant@noaa.gov.
 
 
We at Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters encourage you to submit comments – we are not heard unless we all speak up for our share of the cod and haddock fisheries.

2015 Recreational Haddock Rules

As of May 1, the recreational haddock rules covering Tuna Hunter and all charter vessels in MA fishing in the Gulf of Maine (the aters off the MA coast north of Cape Cod)  are:

  • 3 haddock per person
  • 21 inch minimum

This is from the latest notice from the MA Division of Marine Fisheries.  Read the full notice here.

MA DMF Broadcast header log

From that notice note:

  • A dual-permitted (state and federal) for-hire vessel fishing in state or federal waters and landing in Massachusetts is bound by a combination of the most restrictive rules: 3 fish and 21” minimum size. The vessel cannot catch or possess GOM haddock from state or federal waters during March, April, September, and October.

and

  • A private recreational angler fishing entirely or in part in federal waters and landing in Massachusetts is bound by a combination of the most restrictive rules: 3 fish and 21” minimum size. The angler cannot catch or possess GOM haddock from federal waters during March, April, September, and October.

The MA Division of MarineFisheries (MA DMF)  is currently accepting public comment and will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, May 28 on changing the state GOM haddock recreational rules. For more information on how to submit comment or the timing of the public hearing, refer this MA DMF Advisory.      

Bottom line: 3 haddock per person. Unlimited pollock.  unitl further notice. 

With warm weather in site, we look forward to being out on the water, enjoying the sunshine, pulling in tasty haddock.

Call us at 978-407-1351 for the latest fishing charter openings.  God fishing to all.

Bluefin Tuna Madness is On! Fat Boy by Jeff and Jack

If you have not heard, October Bluefin Madness has struck – bluefin tuna arrived off Gloucester in numbers not seen in years, following awesome schools of herring like we have not seen in years.

Of course Tuna Hunter was there, as Captain Gary is “tuna hunter” in every sense of the word.  Tuna Hunter will be Bluefin Tuna Fishing every day, weather permitting, through November.  

600lb Gloucester Bluefin Tuna on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

This 600lb fat boy was landed by the awesome crew of Jeff (“English”) and Jack (Special K) a crew we are honored to have aboard.

Call 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com to join us for this late season bluefin tuna fishing madness.  Good fishing to all!