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

May 20th, 2015

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

May 1st, 2015

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

May 1st, 2015

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

November 22nd, 2014

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!

Tail-Wrapped Bluefin – A Wonderful Site

October 20th, 2014

Anyone who fishes for giant bluefin tuna knows that “Tail Wrapped” means Done – You Got ‘Em!

(Well, there are a few more things that could go wrong, but one needs to be real unlucky).

We are happy to report seeing lots of this site lately - 

Tail-wrapped bleufin tuna on recent Tuna HunteR fishing Charters bluefin tuna charter in Gloucester, MA

and plan on many more before the season ends.  Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters will be fishing every day weather allows.   Call 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com to join us.

 

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

October 20th, 2014

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”), Dave (“Mr. Lucky”) 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!

 

Last-Minute Shared Charters on Tuna Hunter

September 23rd, 2014

The fall Bluefin Blast is underway …and Tuna Hunter has  these last-minute shared bluefin tuna charters:

 Wednesday, Sept 24th – up to 3 persons

  Monday, Sept 29th – up to 2 persons

To join, contact us at 978-407-1351 or at captain@tunahunter.com.

Plan on $350 per person when 4 persons go, plus a 15-20% tip for the mate.  See complete details on our Shared Charters page.  

Good fishing to all ~

Tuna Sunset

September 22nd, 2014

  Bluefin tuna sunset … what can be better than battling a giant tuna?  Battling your giant bluefin against a beautiful sunset like this one.  Join us this fall to take advantage of gorgeous fall days and a bluefin tuna season that is shaping up to be a fine one. 

Tuna Hunter Sunset while battling giant bluefin

 

Tuna Hunter is tuna fishing through September, October, and into November, as long as bluefin tuna remain in our area.  

Call us at 978-407-1351 to reserve, or email captain@tunahunter.com for more information.

Joe’s Bachelor Party – Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

August 28th, 2014

  Joe’s Bachelor party aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters – a fine day on the water, earlier this season when we could catch cod, haddock and stripers.  

Joe's Bachelor Party Fishing on Tuna Hunter

 

Cod and haddock season is closed as of Sept 1, but we are still fishing bluefin tuna, sharks, stripers and bluefish through September and October, as long as bluefin tuna remain in our area.  

Call us at 978-407-1351 to reserve, or email captain@tunahunter.com for more informations.

Pineapple Gang 11th Annual Cod Fishing Charter on Tuna Hunter

August 26th, 2014

The Pineapple Gang are serious about their Gloucester Cod Fishing – and it was fishing as usual on  their recent Cod Fishing Charter on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters.

The Gang reeled in cod and haddock n a steady basis throughout they day, with a pause for the usual pineapple break.  Notice the new attire – this is the best dressed cod fishing team we have seen!

Pineapply Gang Cod Fishing Charter on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

Always a pleasure that have these guys aboard.

Haddock fishing is the best we have seen in years – and we expect this to continue through the season.  Call 978-407-1351 for our latest openings - 

Good fishing to All -