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!

 

June 1st Shared Tuna Charter is On! Join Us

Striped Bass are in, Haddock fishing is fabulous, and Bluefin Tuna Fishing opens June 1st.

Our June 1 shared tuna charter is ON ~ a few slots left, call 978-407-1351 to join us. Tuna have been spotted in our waters – we will be there to greet them on June 1st.

 

Bluefin tuna dragged behind the boat
Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters bluefin tuna charter ~ results!

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.

Wicked Tuna Boys Land Giant Bluefin Tuna aboard Tuna Hunter

The Wicked Tuna Boys had an awesome bluefin tuna charter aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters.

While they are all avid Wicked Tuna fans, they will agree that nothing compares to being there in person to hear the reel scream, feel the power of the fish through the rod, battle fist to reel to angle the fish in crank by crank, see the harpoon shot, and finally pull your bluefin through the fish door.

It doesn’t get any better than this – memories of a lifetime for young crew, the fathers and for Tuna Hunter.

Tuna Hunter is already booking for next year. Consider a Gift Certificate in any denomination for the Wicked Tuna fan on your list. Call us at 978-407-1351 or 978-546-7992, or email captain@tunahunter.com for more details.

Good fishing to all, and to all a good bite!

Pennsylvania Leek Diggers Cod and Haddock Fishing on Tuna Hunter

The Pennsylvania Leek Diggers had a great off shore Cod and haddock trip on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters.

The men all had sore arms and full coolers of tasty fresh fish.

Cod and Haddock Charter – Pennsylvania Leek Diggers on Tuna Hunter fromTuna Hunter Fishing on Vimeo.

 

There are lots of herring and mackerel around so with lots of food whales,  tuna and striped bass are showing up – looks like a great fishing season underway.

Call 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com to join us.

Good fishing to all!

Gloucester Cod and Haddock Fishing with Anatoli and Pavel

We know it is really spring when Pavel and Anatoli join us for a full day Gloucester cod and haddock fishing.  Always plenty of smiles, plenty of stories, and plenty of cod and haddock.

This recent trip yielded more haddock than cod, but no complaints there, we have osme tasty dinners ahead.

We wish our friend Anatoli best wishes and speedy recovery – we hope to have you back fishing with us soon! Pavel, you need to reel in twice as much fish now.

Join Tuna Hunter for your Gloucester cod fishing charter – we are ready to go, 7 days a week. Call us at 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com for the latest openings.

Spring is Here! Cod and Haddock FIshing on May 1st

Spring cod and haddock fishing is a right of passage for Tuna Hunter – another year, ready to go. Everything is waxed and polished, the reels are shiny, the rods are ready to go after a winter sleep.

All you anglers know its time for hauling some huge cod and haddock over the rail. Beautiful spring days – even the cloudy ones – are wonderful on the water when you are fishing with your buddies.

Call 978-407-1351 to reserve your Gloucester fishing charter aboard Tuna Hunter – We look forward to fishing with you.

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