A week can make a big difference ! With the onset of the new moon, and a change in the wind direction, the bluefin tuna east of Chatham have gone on the “bite”. Last Thursday, after the east wind we caught a nice fish at the sword. Monday we struck out and we were on bait and whales all day. It was greasy calm. Tuesday, I made the run to the BB buoy area and we got two bites. The first got off right away and we landed the second, a nice 67” fish. Thursday the 21st had a little chop on the water from a northeasterly breeze, and I again went to a different area. We found the whales and the bait and stayed with them as the worked to the northeast. We caught 2 fish in the mid 60” range and ended up 5 miles northeast of where we started. Yesterday was the best day ever. I caught four tuna by 11 am ! The whales led us to the bait and the birds led us to the fish. We landed and sold a 78” bluefin and released 3 others that were in the mid 60” to 70” long. I am open on Monday and Tuesday (8/25 + 26) if you want to get in on this tuna bite. Call me - they are biting now !
I absolutely love fishing for giant bluefin tuna ! I cant sleep the night through as I lay in my bed thinking about what the next giant tuna fishing day may bring. I try to think it through and anticipate every possible screw up that could happen and to prepare in advance for it. Its no different in the off season, with the phone conversations with other tuna fishermen as we touch base. For those seeking to charter a boat for a true giant tuna, we have something you might want to do. Latter fall months are the times to do this, as the fish are feeding heavily prior to their migration patterns. September and October are the best months and with right weather patterns into November as well. Currently these are the following open dates for tuna charters, for either recreational or giant bluefin trips. September 1, 2, 3, 16, 17, 22 thru 25, 29, and 30. October is currently unbooked at this time and has some really exceptional tides for tuna, some weeks are better than others, so perhaps call or email for a reservation or to discuss the possibilities.
I am changing something this year. I have never before given shares of tuna sales back to the recreational charter party, because I have always felt it led to a false sense of a payday or was used as a gimmick to entice the charter booking. Being that we are now landing more commercial tuna on the recreational charters, than we used to, I am willing to moderate that just a little bit. I will now return one-third of the proceeds, after expenses, UP TO the total cost of the unpaid balance of the charter for that day. I expect there will be many more large medium tuna caught on chartered recreational bluefin tuna trips this year as the fish are growing and all the 70-73 inch fish last year will all be in the now legal sizes of 73-76” ranges this year.
I also will be taking overnight and offshore commercial tuna charters to the further areas of the BB buoy and Georges Bank again this year, to very size limited parties of 2 or less. These trips are true “bucket list” charters, for the angler that wants the absolute best chance of catching a giant bluefin tuna. For me, a true “Giant” Bluefin Tuna is a fish over 85 inches long and at least 400 pounds. There are very few choice windows of opportunity with the combination small tides, time of the year, moon phase and abundance of large bluefin in the area when these trips should be taken. The rate for a charter targeting these bluefin at those time of the year, will be $1800 per day with a two day minimum (for Georges Bank or overnight) . Departure times will be late afternoon the day before your trip to get bait and steam to the grounds. All of these fish caught will be retained and sold by the boat. Normal crew shares will apply.
We do have a Canon video camcorder mounted on board to record your event, if you like. There are shortened versions of past charters posted on the video gallery at http://www.sportfishingcapecod.com/video/. If you desire the best chance at catching one or two of these great fishes, this trip requires planning and execution and must be done well in advance. I have already marked my schedule and reservation book for these very limited dates. I can assure you, the “Marilyn S” will be out there catching them or putting in our best effort. Will you be aboard ? My cell is (508) 237-0399 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Thanks very much,
Bruce & Marilyn S