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 !

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!

Lucky Charmers Strike Again – 830lb Gloucester Bluefin Tuna on Tuna Hunter

Martha’s Lucky Charmers proved lucky indeed, as they landed this amazing 117 inch giant bluefin aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters last weekend. 

117 in bluefin tuna landed by Martha's Lucky Charmers on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

 

Kudos to all anglers – Martha, Patty, Al and Charlie, who expertly handled this long bluefin tuna throughout the 4 hour battle.  Al and Charlie had particularly long circling session with our girl, as she was having nothing to do with either of them, nor with mate “Lars-ceny” standing ready with the harpoon.  So close … yet so far, she’d come close and eyeball us, then flick her tail and be off. (That’s the 2nd harpoon in the foreground – the first was ready in hand.)

Giant bluefin tuna cruising alongside - so close yet so far.  2nd harpoon ready in the foreground, 1st harpoon in hand.

And oh what a good feeling it is when she’s tail-wrapped!

830 lb bluefin wrapped on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

 

The best news is, Martha brings us another lucky crew for the Gloucester Bluefin Blowout Tournament coming up August 1st – August 3rd.  Odds are with Martha on board we’ll break the shutout.  Good luck to all.

More Gloucester bluefin tuna are being landed every day – call Tuna Hunter for our latest August and September opening. This is shaping up to be an old-fashioned giant bluefin tuna season with more bigger fatter tuna as the season wears on.  

Join Captain Gary Cannell on Tuna Hunter for the best boat, captain and experience.  978-407-1351 or captain@tunahunter.com 

Mermaid Tuna Fishing

With all the hookups this season, we got or mermaid practicing on retrieving those bluefin that just might otherwise have got away.  She’s working her way up to the giants – perhaps by next year.


Delivery with a smile – Good fishing to you!
While we cannot deliver every bluefin tuna this way, we’ll certain try to deliver  the best bluefin tuna experience possible.   Call Tuna Hunter at 978-407-1351 or captain@tunahunter.com to join us!

Fall Tuna Fishing in Full Swing on Tuna Hunter

Giant bluefin tuna fishing is in full swing out of Gloucester aboard Tuna Hunter as we continue fishing every day weather allows and anglers are willing.

Last week we had a string of small-medium bluefin, just the right size for tag and release, or, to take home for some (lots) of sushi as the Thomas Chase party can attest. They caught this beauty on the morning tide on live bait. A great way to start off a fishing charter ~ get a big one in the boat early.

 Tuna Hunter will continue bluefin tuna charters as long as the tuna are here, through October and into November at least.  We have a few openings left, plus some shared charters OCt 23, 24, 25.  Call 978-407-1351 or captain@tunahunter.com to join us for your fattie.

Bluefin Tuna Tag Recapture – Tuna Hunter Tagging at Worl

Tuna Hunter and angler Nick Dobrowolski just received word of a tuna tag recapture – something we always hope for but don’t often get to see.

A bluefin tuna we tagged in 2008, caught by angler Nick Dobrowolski, was recaptured on its way across the Atlantic (or on its way back?) over 2000 miles from the original capture location. The fish almost doubled in weight in 5 1/2 years.

The stats in this recapture notice tell the story:

This proves that western Atlantic fish indeed do migrate west-to-east, and not just north-south as older science believed. Such tagging information is essential for scientists to help ensure the future of our fishery, and has a huge impact on international and domestics quota determination.

This tag was one of the Tag-a-Tiny Program tags of by the Large Pelagic Research Center, now located in Gloucester, MA.  Tuna Hunter supports the Tag-A-Ting Program and assists with tagging for all species, not just tuna. We need to give back a bit to support sustainable fisheries.

Oddly enough, this lucky tag was inserted on a Tag-A-Tiny Tournament weekend, contributing to Captain Gary Cannell and Tuna Hunter winning the Grand Champion award for most fish tagged and caught that weekend.  Though I cannot read that tag number, this photo, from Sept 20, 2008, could be that fish!

Alas, Charlie’s luck ran out on that recapture – he/she was recaptured dead in a longline.

Tuna Hunter begins cod and haddock fishing this week, and is open for fishing every day now through November.  Striped Bass are blitzing in New Jersey, we have mackerel here in our waters – that means striped bass action any day now.  June 1 opens Bluefin Tuna season.

Give us a call at 978-407-1351 to reserve your charter, or for more information.  Good fishing to you –
Captain Gary  captain@tunahunter.com  978-407-1351

Gloucester Tuna Fishing – Tag & Release for Research

Gloucester tuna fishing continues, with tuna begin taken every day in all size categories. 

Tim and Liz spent several days stranded in Gloucester, tuna fishing of course. They opted to tag and release all of their non-giant bluefin tuna.  Makes for some great angling – and these two know their stuff –  and gives back a bit to bluefin research.

Per 2011 NMFS regulations, tuna 59 to 73 inches must be released. Tuna Hunter tags these tuna, using Large Pelagic Research Center tags, to support bluefin tuna research.

Tuna tagging is not difficult, This photo shows proper tag placement, then the fish was quickly released, right back out through the fish door.

Tuna Hunter is fishing every day through the first week in November.  Catch those October tuna days, or stock up on cod and haddock before the winter.  Call 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com for your fishing charter. Single? Call for our latest shared dates, or see http://www.tunahunter.com/split-charters.htm

Evans Family Tuna Charter Success on Tuna Hunter

The Evans family’s recent bluefin tuna charter on Tuna Hunter yielded just the right size bluefin tuna for the grill, and some sushi along the way.

All family members took a turn on the reel, battling the bluefin to the boat where it was measured at 58 inches, just under the keeper limit.  Current (as of this trip)  bluefin tuna regulations allows for one fish 27-47, one 47-59, and tuna 59 to 73 must be released. Tuna Hunter practices tag and release, using tags from the Large Pelagic Research Center,  to support bluefin tuna research. We were ready to tag, but this tuna was a keeper.

Bluefin tuna of all sizes are in our waters off of Gloucester, MA, along Stellwagen Bank and northward into Ipswich Bay. Tuna Hunter fishes all over, according to the best reports and our recent experience. Tuna Hunter is fishing every day between now and November. We have some opening for your party, so give us a call 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com.  Good fishing to you! and congratulations to the Evans family

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 captain@tunahunter.com.

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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