Bluefin Tuna Fishing Going Strong

Giant bluefin tuna fishing on Tuna Hunter continues through the fall, for as long as weather allows and the bluefin are in our Cape Ann waters.

Yet another recent trip yielded three tagged giant bluefin. A few days before, our charter went home with a porbeagle shark and tagged a giant bluefin in the same afternoon.

giant bluefin on Tuna Hunter

Cannot beat this experience for anglers or any age.  We are quite sure this guy, and his family, are still smiling …

Young Bluefin Angler on Tuna Hunter

Giant bluefin – over 73 inches – are tag and release.  Bluefin under 73 inches may be retained by the charter – one 47 to 73, two 27 to 47 inches. (Regulations may change!)

giant bluefin on Tuna Hunter

Tuna Hunter is fishing right into November – and conditions are fabulous – plenty of bait , plenty of bluefin, gorgeous days on the water, low crowds.   

Call 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com , or use our Reservations page, to join us!

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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 

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

Two for One – AccuTech Gloucester Bluefin Tuna Charter

Chris and the gang from AccuTech took advantage of the two-for-one bluefin tuna charter special aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters on their recent charter.

Glocuester Tuna Fishign Charters - Tuna Hunter
Two Giant Bluefin Tuna for the AccuTech Team

Both tuna hit on the kite – if you have not seen it, it is an awesome sight to see a giant bluefin rise to the surface and smash a kite bait. As has been the usual, Tuna Hunter was kite fishing – dangling live bait just at the surface, using a fishing kite. On this day the tuna were there and hungry, and the AccuTech anglers did a fine job battling both fish to the boat.  Current NMFS Tuna regulations allow for up to three giants in one day. Bluefin of all sizes are in our area now, and will stay through September and October.  Tuna Hunter is ready to provide that three-for special – give us a call at 978-407-1351 to book your September tuna fishing charter out of Gloucester.  Congratulations to Chris and the AccuTech team, and Good fishing to all!

Hook, Line and Sinker Bachelor Party – Gloucester Tuna Fishing

The Hook, Line and Sinker bachelor party aboard Tuna Hunter yielded a great time for all, and a bluefin tuna in the boat.

Gloucester tuna fishing is in full swing now, with bluefin of all sizes Tuna Hunter uses a combination of kite fishing, speed jigs, balloons and sometimes trolling. In short, we have an arsenal of techniques and a ready to use whatever fish are responding to for the day’s conditions. This often means switching things up throughout the day, and using several techniques at once.

On the Hook, Line and Sinker success, the bluefin hit a balloon, passing up gorgeous kit bait – go figure. The fish hit on the Matsuura reel, making for a smooth angling experience. The Hook Line and Sinker team reeled the bluefin to the boat, where he measured just legal to take home. 


A good omen – land a bluefin and bring home sushi on your bachelor party!  Best wishes to Tim and his bride!

  1. Gloucester tuna fishing will only get better form now through October. Call 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com for our latest openings. We look forward to hooking you into a nice Charlie.

 

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, http://www.tunahunter.com  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 captain@tunahunter.com

More later … focus on those elk!

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