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What To Expect
provides all bait and meticulously maintained tackle for all
fishing charter trips. We provide instruction (as needed) on the use of all
tackle and angling techniques suitable to your fishing charter
Our mates will handle your bait and fish
throughout your fishing charter,
and fillet and bag your catch at the end of the day. Ice is available at our marina, or at the Mobil Mart next door, for keeping your catch cool on the way home.
What to Bring
All you need bring is food and drink for your party for the day, plus personal items such as hats,
sunglasses, sunscreens, jackets and windbreakers, rain gear (if rain or showers are in the marine forecast)
and soft soled, non-marking shoes (no ork boots please - it hurts our teak!). Plan for plenty of water and perhaps an extra sandwich or two, since
being out on the water works up an appetite.
Just in Case ...
For those prone to seasickness, we suggest checking out the many over-the-counter sea sickness remedies:
Bonine, Dramamine, seasickness patches or accu-pressure wristbands, to mention a few. Note that products
like Bonine and Dramamine should be taken before you get on board - please read and follow the recommended
What to Expect on Your Charter
Bass and Bluefish Charters - Inshore
Striped Bass and bluefish charters are exiting, light
tackle fishing inshore, around the rocks and islands of the
Cape Ann shores. We fish with a combination of live
bait and chum, casting or trolling, to suit the conditions
of the day. Tuna Hunter
has been known to catch
400-pound bluefin tuna while fishing for striped bass - so
be prepared - if a tuna strolls by, Captain Gary will be sure
to attempt a hook-up.
Tuna Charters - Offshore
Giant bluefin tuna is a specialty of Captain Gary, who
has been tuna fishing up and down the Atlantic Coast since
1980. Bluefin tuna fishing is serious big game
fishing - Tuna Hunter carries an arsenal of five meticulously
maintained Penn 130's mounted on custom Hardy big game rods.
Tuna charters are offshore, anywhere from 5 to 25 miles
offshore, or more. One may troll squid rigs early
in the season, or anchor along a hot-spot edge an chum or
offer live bait. Capturing fresh live bait is
an integral part of all tuna charters - "livies"
are like lollipops for giant bluefin - and the goal is to
turn their head and make them bite. Cod and
haddock abound on the tuna grounds, so charters most often
bring home ample fillets for a few seafood dinners.
A giant bluefin hookup is like no rush
one has ever experienced - the reel screams, the crew goes
nuts, 25 things happen at once, then you are reeling like
crazy til your arm feels like it is going to drop off.
Plan on bringing strong arms on these charters!
This is big game hunting. Once harpooned, tail wrapped
and brought on board.
Small and Medium bluefin tuna
fishing has been excellent in the last few years, offering
exciting light-tackle tuna action. For this category of
tuna fishing, we use lighter tackle conventional and spinning
rods. Strap on a belt and fight your bluefin stand-up.
Tuna of all sizes have tremendous power - the battle is
incredible. Fighting stand-up, it is just you and the
fish. Technique is important here. Captain Gary and
crew will provide coaching and direction as needed to bring
these awesome bluefin tuna to the boat. According to the
latest Angling regulations, smaller tuna may be retained by the
charter, or tagged and released.
TUNA HUNTER is a proponent of tag-and-release for the
study of these bluefin. Read more at
Tag-Flag Awards on our News page.
and Haddock Charters - Offshore
Cod and Haddock charters are traditional deep sea fishing
- offshore anywhere from 5 to 25 miles or more, often on
Stellwagen Bank, Jeffreyss Ledge, Tillies, Saturday Night
Ledge, or other favorite hot spots that Captain Gary frequents.
These charters are bottom fishing, in 100 to 300 feet of
water, using conventional reels and quality Fenwick rods.
Tuna Hunter employs a mix of jigs and bait.
While bottom fishing, one may encounter wolffish, large
pollock, cusk, and other good-tasting food fish.
Blue sharks abound - and are known to follow one's catch
up to the surface for an impressive view ... Bluefin tuna
are a possibility. Whale watching is a side-benefit
of all offshore charters.
Charters - Offshore Shark fishing charters are not exactly
like JAWS - do not expect a great white to gnaw on the end
of our stern! Though great whites have been seen in our waters in recent years - a great white sighting is a possibility. Makos, probeagles and threshers are more likely. Shark charters of offshore, traditional
deep sea fishing. We travel 15 to 30 or more miles
offshore to the waters of Stellwagen Bank, Jeffries Ledge,
Tillie's Bank or similar waters.
TUNA HUNTER will most often chum heavily for sharks.
Once sharks are "chummed in" and marked under
the boat, Captain Gary may swap in a light tackle rod to
make for an optimal fight for the size of shark. We
want you to experience the best fight possible - this means
using tackle to match the size of the shark at hand.
Charters may encounter cod and haddock, whales or even bluefin
tuna while on a shark trip.
Fishing - Inshore or Offshore Mermaid fishing is a rare
opportunity, that has been reported to occur on lucky
HUNTER fishing charters. All we can say is, catch
one if you can!