Giant Blufin Tuna Fishing

New England offshore waters are the mecca for trophy-sized bluefins in the US. This highly migratory species travels north to the relatively inshore banks, like Stellwagen off Massachusetts and Jeffrey’s Ledge off Maine, during the late spring and summer months. There, they settle in feeding, usually below the thermocline, on the abundant sand eels, herring and whiting that are attracted to the edges were up-welling occurs. Other seasonal hot-spots with this interphase of warm and cold water currents occurs off Chatham, MA along Great South Channel. Here again, this edge effect is particularly attractive to the baitfish that bluefins and whales prefer as well the clear water these sight-feeders need.

Fighting a giant bluefin tuna, with rod and reel, will test your wits, endurance and angling skill. They are one of the few fish that truly warrant 130 class tackle and are justifiably the pinnacle of big game angling accomplishments in the Northern Hemisphere. The traditional tuna fishing methods of trolling, chunking (chumming) and live-bait fishing are employed with varying degrees of success at different times of the season. Typically, trolling daisy-chains of mackerel and spreader-bars of shell squid work best in the early season as well as early and late in the day. After the surface waters warm during the summer months, thus establishing the thermocline in the water column, chunking and live-bait fishing with herring, mackerel or whiting out-performs trolling.

Tag and release giant tuna fishing is available at anytime during the summer months and early fall. Landing (retaining) a giant is a highly regulated endeavor. Historically, a four-day fishing week is employed with three quota allocations spread out over the season. There is a tri-month quota for June, July and August and a separate quota for September and October. These quotas are for the entire US. The daily limit is one giant or large medium (over 73") per boat per day. Regulations require that once the daily limit is caught, fishing must cease. These fish can be sold on a commercial basis both on the domestic and international markets. Regulations mandate giants and large medium tuna can be sold only by the permitted vessel that landed the tuna. The captain, predicated on the best available market information at the time of landing, will sell marketable bluefins. Sale decisions will rest solely with the captain and B-Fast Charters. At B-Fast, anglers fortunate enough to land a marketable tuna will receive 1/3 of the proceeds from the sale.

Here at B-Fast, your comfort, safety and enjoyment are our primary concern. To that end, we reserve the right to cancel charters that we deem will be unsafe or uncomfortable for the clients, based on the best available data of current weather conditions. Further, we will cancel in a timely manner and endeavor prevent a needless drive to Green Harbor in the event of pending bad weather. In the event that rescheduling is not possible, your deposit will be refunded. Reduced rates at local hotels, restaurant recommendations and taxidermy service round out B-Fast’s commitment to service excellence.

  - 15 to 25 miles off-shore

  - 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours to   fishing grounds

  - 6 to 7 hours of fishing

  - All tackle and bait provided

  - Locale: Stellwagen Bank
  and Beyond

  * 1/3 of the proceeds from a   marketable fish returned to   the charter. I.G.F.A., Tag and   release trips available.

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