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Previous Year's Fishing Highlights

BOMA Fishing Tournament Top Female Angler on Tuna Hunter

Tuna Hunter hosted June Cuniff, the 2015 BOMA Fishing Tournament Top Female Angler. June landed this beautiful 41.5 inch, 26 pound striped bass to claim the top female fish in the 24 boat 130 angler tournament.

Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters, June C and Captain Gary Cannell, BOMA Fishing Tournament Top Female Winner
TUNA HUNTER and June C. - Top Female Angler BOMA Fishing Tournament

Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters, June C and 41.5
TUNA HUNTER hosts June C. and 26lb Striped Bass - Top Female Angler BOMA Fishing Tournament

of Tag-A-Tiny Tuna Tournament

Captain Gary Cannell was the GRAND PRIZE winner of the North Shore Community Tuna Association’s Tag-A-Tiny Tuna Tournament, to benefit the Large Pelagic Research Center’s Tag-A-Tiny program.

Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters, Captain Gary Cannell, Tag-A-Tiny Grand Prize Winner
TUNA HUNTER - Tag-a-Tiny Grand Prize Winner

Gary has always practiced and encouraged tag and release of all fish that cannot be legally retained, and of all fish that will not be consumed.   The Tag-aTiny weekend was no exception.  Charters on Friday, Saturday and Sunday were treated to fine bluefin action.  Each day Tuna Hunter put here charters onto several bluefin, retaining one fish each day (all between 50 and 58 inches) and tagging all remaining fish.  While tied with First Light Anglers on the number of  tuna tagged, Tuna Hunter brought home the Grand Prize for most fish caught over the weekend.

Tagging efforts did not stop there - Tuna Hunter continued tagging bluefin tuna through November, and will continue fishing and tagging to support reasearch and preservation of our industry.

The focus of the Tag-a_Tiny Tournament, was 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.

Thank 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 BillfishFoundation; 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.

40th Birthday Bash - Rob and friends on a birthday charter tackled this bluefin, their first, and retained it for the birhtday party..  They tagged the next 3 fish!
40th Birthday Sushi Party

Rob and friends on a 40th birthday charter tackled this bluefin, their first, and retained it for the birhtday party.. They tagged the next 3 fish, a worthy effort toward bluefin tuna research!

Tagged Bluefin, showng tag location just behnd the dorsal fn
Tag placement just behind dorsal fin

Proper Tag placement is critical - the tag has be on the top of this fish, behind the dorsal fin, in order to avoid the major artery.


Captain Gary Cannell WINNER of 2007 IGFA/AFTCO
Tuna Flag Tagging Tournament

Capt Gary Cannell, AFTCO Tuna Tagging Award

Captain Gary Cannell was awarded the 2007 International Game Fishing Association / AFTCO Tuna Flag Tagging Tournament trophy for tagging the most tuna - bluefin, yellowfin and bigeye - in 2007.

Fellow Cape Ann Marina and Rockport , MA Captain Jules Boudreau received the 2007 AFTCO Tuna Flag Tagging  Tournament Angler's trophy, for tagging the most tuna as an Angler.  Congratulations to Jules!  A well earned honor for a seasoned and well-respected captain.

The award caps a remarkable bluefin season in which Tuna Hunter was able to tag and release over 40 school, medium and large bluefin, besides those retained by our charters.  Bluefin under 73 inches may be  retained by the charter, or tagged and released. 

Tuna Hunter  uses a variety of tags to support bluefin research, an important part of protecting our resource and our access to these magnificent fish.

AFTCO Tuna Flag Tagging Awards, Captain and Angler

Tuna Hunter

  fully supports tagging programs for bluefin tuna, to support research on migration and reproduction patterns in order to preserve this resource for future generations. 




Bluefin Tuna Fishing Articles by James Chambers featuring Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters


View more photos of Giant Bluefin Tuna taken aboard Tuna Hunter, some weighing well over 1,000 lbs.
Learn more about the conservation of this valuable resource through articles written by Mr. Jim Chambers:
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Bluefin Tuna Fishing
920 lb Bluefin hauled onboard




Local & Beyond ~ Favorite Resources

  • Yankee Fleet Whale Watch and Deep Sea Fishing - Whale watching and deep sea fishing. Our neighbors at Cape Ann Marina, offering a full schedule of whale watch trips from April through November.

  • First Light Anglers - Offers fly fishing equipment and light tackle fishing. An excellent fly tackle shop and a professional fishing guide service, on smaller vessels. Check these guys out.

  • Old Harbor Outfitters - Innovative apparel and gear for fisherman, built by fishermen.  OHO's fishing gear is incredible - good quality design, materials and construction mean more focus on fishing hard.   Tuna Hunter's crew is proud to wear OHO gear and be on the OHO Pro Staff.   Try the Block Island T (we can't wear it out!) and the North Rip jacket (beats Grunden's version).Great fighting belts, gear bags and now sunglasses.

  • Fisherman's Outfitter - Fisherman's Outfitter sells saltwater big game fishing tackle such as rods, reels, custom equipment, squids and lures, and line and leader, available in three stores, by catalog, or online.

  • Blue Fin Charters - South Beach Miami fishing charters with Captain Dave Barnadel aboard the classic 46' Jarvis Newman Blue Fin, or the speedy 18ft Squiddy. Awesome boats, awesome captain - you will have a great time. Contact Captain Dave by phone at 772-341-0866 or email

  • Captain Skip Nielsen - For all your fishing trips in the Florida Keys, we highly recommend Skip - you won't find a more knowledgeable, personable captain in that area.  Islamorada, FL.  Contact Skip by phone at 305-664-9314, or by email at

  • Markover Hunting Preserve - Markover is 300-acre private bird hunting preserve in northwestern Connecticut. This is where we go to keep Kali in prime Brittany shape and Gary sane during the off-season.

  • Reedy's Archery - Reedy's Archery in Middleboro, MA has a great site and is an even better shop for all your archery and hunting supplies.

  • Smitty's Fighting Belts - Smitty's Fighting Belts, Harnesses and Accessories for tuna (ok, and other fish too). Quality gimble belts built to take all the battles yo can hook into.

  • Saco Bay Tackle Company- Your best source for offshore saltwater fishing products and information in Northern New England.

  • Cape Ann Web- Online resources for the Cape Ann communities of Essex, Mass. Gloucester, Mass. and Rockport, Mass. Photos, restaurants, information and directories, Community Calendar, history, museums, fishing charters and lodging options.

  • Linden Tree Inn, Rockport - When in Rockport we recommend this Victorian-style Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Rockport, a short walk to beaches, art galleries and Bearskin Neck. Great breakfasts!

  • Blue Shutters Beachside Inn- Located just steps away from Good Harbor Beach in historic Gloucester, Blue Shutters is a perfect place for unwinding after a hard day of fishing, and an ideal spot if for some reason (we cannot think of one) a member of your party does not want to join you aboard Tuna Hunter.

  • Bass Rocks Ocean Inn - A beautiful oceanfront Gloucester hotel serving Cape Ann for over 100 years. Excellent location convenient to beach and Cape Ann sites. Beautiful sunrises!

  • Accommodations in Rockport, Massachusetts - A complete directory of Rockport accommodations, businesses and tourist attractions. Great B&B's and Inns, something for everyone.

  • Downtown Boston Hotels - Find hotels in Boston's Downtown district. Tuna Hunter is only 40 miles north of Boston.

  • Boston Garden Hotels - Your online source to find hotels around Boston Garden. While in Boston, fishing for a day is a great escape.

  • Boston College Hotels - Boston College is one of the oldest Jesuit, Catholic universities in the United States. U.S. News and World Report ranks Boston College 34th among national universities. Take your student (or parents!) on a fishing trip!

  • Boston University Hotels -Your online source to find hotels near Boston University, Boston, MA. Take your student (or parents!) on a fishing trip!

  • Gillette Stadium Hotels -Your online source to find hotels near Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA. Take a fishing trip before the game!

  • Marlborough Extended Stay Hotel Network - Welcome to Marlborough Extended Stay Hotel Network. We look forward to welcoming you to Marlborough, Massachusetts. Take a fishing trip while in MA!

  • US City - Massachusetts - A complete directory of area businesses and tourist attractions.

Great Tackle, Fishing and Outdoor Resources

  • Gloucester Weather Forecast - Catch the latest weather, plan ahead for your fishing charter.

  • Salmon Express Charters - Full-service salmon and rainbow trout fishing charters on Lake Ontario,

  • Penn Reels - Tuna Hunter uses Penn Reels across our tackle suite: 130's for giant tuna, 750SS for school tuna and bass, 5500's for bass, 40 Senators for cod, and more. Dependable for all fish, strong and reliable.

  • World Wide Fishing Guide - Locate saltwater fishing charters, freshwater fishing guides, fly fishing outfitters, fishing lodges, sport fishing resorts and angling adventures.

  • Big Fish Fishing Tackle On-Line Super Store - Online secure fishing tackle super store.

  • eAngler - Fishing equipment, fishing information & fishing techniques for the avid fisherman!

  • GoPlayOutdoors - Online directory of outdoor recreation opportunities and travel destinations in North America.

  • - Boating directory/marine mall, offering information on boats for sale, boat parts, etc.

  • Fly Tying Kits - Customized Premium Fly Tying Kits.

  • Fly Fishing Online - The Internet's Fly Fishing Headquarters.

  • World Wide Fishing Flies - For the Fly Fishermen out there, World Wide Fishing Flies offers a full range of had-tied flies for all angler.

  • Planet Charters - Lists charters for everything - fishing charters, hunting charters, adventure planning of all sorts.

  • Atlantic Panic - For all East Coast Sport Fishing information and needs. Great site for striper fishing info, boat and marine equipment and fishing reports.

  • St Simons Island Fishing in Georgia - See Captain Scott Owens for Georgia fishing.

  • Destination Wild - For all sorts of big game hunting and fishing charters.

  • - The complete boating resource.

  • InfoHub Specialty Travel Guide - A travel guide containing unique specialty interest tour packages and anything associated with specialty travel.

  • Key West Fishing- Fishing - Key West Florida - A fishing guide to key west and the Florida keys including Deep Sea Fishing, Flats, Reef and Wreck Fishing, fishing trips, fishing boats, and fishing vacation information. Sport fishing at its best..!

  • Lake Erie Fishing Charters- Enjoy a day of action packed and fun Lake Erie fishing for walleye, yellow perch, and more with top Lake Erie fishing charters, WallHanger Charters with Captain Jeff Bastulli.

  • South Florida Saltwater & Freshwater Fishing Forum - We are based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. Get the latest reports, tips, and tricks from the locals in South Florida and around the country. Salt water charters, diving, fishin, & beach reports. Free Mustad Circle Hooks when you join the forum.

  • Boating Forums - Boat racing, boat building, and general boat discussions from boatingforumz.

  • FISHPO: Massachusetts Charters and Guides - Services - FISHPO, home of fishing.

  • Kayak Fishing Kayak fishing from the UK. Including Bass, Pollock and other UK sport fish.
    (( If you are interested in local kayak fishing, call Tuna Hunter as that is what we do on our days off!))

  • Gloucester Boat Rides (& Fishing too!) - When We Get There Tourist Attractions - What To Do when you get to where you're going.

  • Costa Rica Fishing - Daily Fishing Reports for Los Suenos Marina, Jaco Beach, Costa Rica

  • Fishing Fort Lauderdale - Come and enjoy a fun day of Fort Lauderdale deep sea fishing aboard the Happy Day Today with the top Florida fishing charter skipper, Captain Tom Zsak who will put you right on the fish today!

  • - Fishing reports, fishing pictures, and more... - GoFISHn is the best place to find fishing reports and news and a complete guide to fishing guides, charters, and outfitters.

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  • Charter Fishing Tampa Bay - Offers Tampa Bay fishing at it finest whether that means inshore flats fishing or deep sea fishing offshore for grouper, snapper, and other top Florida sportfish species.

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Please call us at 978-407-1351 to arrange an outing that suits your party.



All Tuna Hunter Charters depart from Cape Ann Marina, slip J6, 75 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA