Striped Bass Charter: The Men From Lowell

The Men from Lowell enjoyed a great day of striped bass fishing aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters.  Congrats on some fine fishing.

he Men from Lowell on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

Striped bass off of Cape Ann are enjoying a summer blitz of pogies – more bait than we have seen in years.  Makes for fat stripers, hitting at livies.

To join us, email, or use our Reservations page.

Good fishing!


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!


Shared Cod & Haddock Charter Open for May 13 – Bring Mom Fishing!

We have slots open on Sunday’s shared Cod and Haddock charter on May 13th. 
 Bring Mom! or bring home plenty of haddock and cod (all cleaned and ready to cook, of course!)

Cod and haddock fishing is great right now – Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Give us a call at 978-407-1351 or email to join – Good fishing to you!

Bluefin Tuna Battles Continue – Norris Success

The Gloucester bluefin tuna action continues to be strong out on Stellwegen Bank, as the Norris family can attest.  Greg, Bill and Kyle battled two bluefin to the boat, both just shy of the regulation 73 inches, so they were tagged, revived and released by the Tuna Hunter crew.

Tag and release makes for much less glamorous bluefin tuna photos, but Greg’s skill with the camera gives us this series on tagging and reviving a bluefin tuna.  Let’s hope we see this fish again next year.

                                   Tagging a bluefin – Stick holds Tag to be Inserted

                                         Tag goes in at the base of the dorsal fin

Tag In at Base of Fin

                Once tagged, we “Swim” the fish alongside the boat to revive it  prior to safe release.

Not to be left out, son Alex managed the live bait situation, perhaps the most critical part of the operation.  We look forward to seeing Alex on the rod in a year or so!

Tuna Hunter employs a variety of bait, tackle and fishing techniques to match the conditions of the day, including live bait.  The bluefin fishing is challenging this year, demanding extra effort to get the fish to bite, so you get to fight them.  We always have the full arsenal on board, ready to go. Call us for the latest openings – Friday on the water, battling a bluefin.  Or why not Monday?  That next hook-up could be yours – call 978-407-1351 or email

Giant Bluefin Tuna in June!

 Some guys go fishing on their birthday … these guys go tuna fishing on their birthday. The birthday guy gets a can of tuna fish (Starkist?) for his present. That’s dinner, unless he lands a bluefin tuna that day.  So far, these guys are 100% successful, and were spared the canned tuna.

Gloucester Giant Tuna Charter on Tuna Hunter - Ted Cannon and Crew

Bluefin tuna arrived in Gloucester early this year – so bluefin tuna charters are in full swing now. There are tuna of all sizes out there, and even with the current slot regulations, Tuna Hunter will make sure you get the best battle and most bluefin tuna action possible.  Tuna are feeding on live prey, and matching that prey along with being the right locaiton at the right time with the right tackle and great crew makes the difference. This bluefin bypassed beautiful mackerel dangled from a kite, for a boring chunk of baint 30 ft down. Go figure.

Not into tuna? Striped bass are here as well, though perhaps getting overshadowed by tuna news. Striped bass around the rocky coast of Cape Ann is a great bet for a great day on the water, and a great piece of fish for the grill. 

Call us for the latest openings – that next hugie has your name on it

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“Skorp” Gloucester Cod Fishing

Skorp and crew are back aboard Tuna Hunter for some early summer Gloucester cod fishing.  Good people, great time, great catch.

Cod Fishing Gloucester aboard Tuna Hunter - Skorp!

The whole gang …
Cod Fishing Gloucester aboard Tuna Hunter - Skorp!

And one hefty cod …
Cod Fishing Gloucester aboard Tuna Hunter - Skorp!

Gloucester Cod Fishing – “Two Tuna” Gang Return for Cod & Haddock

The last trip for this crew they landed two giant bluefin tuna   (see photo on our Facebook page).  So of course we are happy to have these guys, and their luck, return for a cod & haddock fishing charter aboard Tuna Hunter.

A gorgeous day, good company, and great cod fishing made for a good time for all. No hugies on this trip, but steady action of keeper cod, limiting out by the end of the day.

Gloucester Cod Fishing - Two Tuna Gang aboard Tuna Hunter

We look forward to fishing with these guys in a month or two, when the bluefin arrive. Bluefin tuna fishing is right around the corner! And, we already have Striped Bass in Gloucester, so get ready for Gloucester striped bass charters – call soon for your date.  Good fishing to you!

Gloucester Fishing – Spring Cod!

Spring cod fishing has arrived! Finally we can all get back out on the water for some great bottom fishing.

For Phil’s Crew last Saturday, Tuna Hunter traveled to the Mussels. Fishing was fantastic -the best bite being early in the day on jigs, but we reeled in keepers all day long. Papa was high hook.

Gloucester Cod fishing will be strong all through May and into the summer. Call us for the latest openings.  Spring is time to fill you cooler, and soak up those gorgeous springs days on the water. Fish Gloucester on Tuna Hunter – we look forward to fishing with you!
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Giant Tuna

OK, I hear the guys want to see some tuna photos. 
Let’s start with the giants …

The following collection of photos are all from bluefin tuna fishing charters aboard Tuna Hunter.
See our website,  for more details.

Ok, I have to start with MY tuna.  Note the attire … rumor has it the leggings attracted this November fish.
This was the only fish I ever got  – and will ever get to –  yell at the Captain (REEL!)

Caught in November aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

 More giant bluefin:

At the buyer. Price negotiated .. the next step for this bluefin is an ice-bath, then off to Japan.

And another …

All of these bluefin are taken on different days, different fishing areas, different fishing tactics.
Captain Gary Cannell has been giant fishing since ’74 or so.  He knows the fish, the waters, the tactics and techniques, and knows how to adapt to the current conditions to read the waters and second guess the fish.   All that, and Gary will tell tell you that sometimes the fish wins.  We can tell you that very often Tuna Hunter wins.

You can reach Tuna Hunter at 978-407-1351, or

More later … focus on those elk!

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Tag-A-Tiny Tuna Tournament August 22-24th

Tuna Hunter encourages all anglers to participate in the Tag-A-Tiny Tuna Tournament August 22 – 24 to support the Large Pelagic Research Center’s Tag-A-Tiny program.

The focus of the Tournament, hosted by the North Shore Community Tuna Association, is promote tag-and-release of juvenile bluefin tuna and to raise funds for Dr. Molly Lutcavage and the UNH Large Pelagics Research Center. The Tag-A-Tiny program studies the migration paths of juvenlile bluefin tuna through internal and external archival tags. The Tag-A-Tiny program has made great progress since its inception in 2005. ( Read more about the Tag A Tiny program here) but funding is needed to continue this important program.

The Tournament has three categories of boats: small, large, and charter.

The winner of each category will be the boat that tagged the most fish.

Dated digital photos will be required for each fish tagged in order to
make the tournament as fair as possible.
There will also be a kill
category for giant Bluefin Tuna.

Each registered boat will receive a
tagging kit, sponsor gifts, four t-shirts, and four meal tickets for
the grand celebration dinner. The tournament will take place up and
down the east coast (from Maine to Florida ) with its base in
Gloucester, MA . Tournament tagging kits will be sent to all
applicants whose registrations are received before August 10th.
Entries within a two hour drive of Gloucester , MA will be accepted through Wednesday, August 20th, 2008.

Full details including registration form can be found at

To Download a registration click this link:

Sign Up

Contact Mark Godfried for more information about signing up for the Tag A Tiny Tournament


phone: (978) 317-1797

you to the tournament sponsors: Ouellette and Smith (Fishlaw);
Grady-White Boats ; Gloucester Seafood Display Auction; Gloucester
House Restaurant; Captain Carlo’s Restaurant; Commercial Fisheries
News; On the Water Media; Madfish Grill; Intershell; The Billfish
Foundation; and Seaboard Products Company, proud distributors of
Anheuser Busch Products. Please support these sponsors as they help support our fishery!

Tuna Hunter strongly supports tag and release of bluefin tuna and other species, and Molly Lutcavage’s efforts with bluefin tagging in particular. See our AFTCO Tag Flag tagging story here.

Call Tuna Hunter at 978-407-1351 or email for our latest openings.
Bluefin Tuna are running strong now – register for hte Tag-A-Tiny Tournament, or call us to book your appointment with a fattie (for tag-and-release, or course!)