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NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Recreational Groundfish Measures

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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

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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.

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.

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GRAND PRIZE WINNER of Tag-A-Tiny Tuna Tournament

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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.

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Wicked Tuna Boys Land Giant Bluefin Tuna aboard Tuna Hunter

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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!

Gloucester tuna fishing

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

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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

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!

Gloucester tuna fishing

Tail-Wrapped Bluefin – A Wonderful Site

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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 – 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.

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

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

 

Tuna Sunset

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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 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.

Pineapple Gang 11th Annual Cod Fishing Charter on Tuna Hunter

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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

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 –

Joe’s Bachelor Party – Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

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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

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 information.

Dan and the HVAC Men Gloucester Cod Fishing on Tuna Hunter

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Dan and the HVAC men on their recent Gloucester cod fishing charter on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters.

Gloucester Cod Fishing Carter for Dan and HVAC Men on Tuna Hunter

Gloucester Cod Fishing Carter for Dan and HVAC Men on Tuna Hunter

 

The cod and haddock seem to know the limits this year, as we continue to get many fish just on the line. As the season progresses more of the big guys are showing up, as we expected. Persistence pays off.

There are plenty of mackerel around and we anticipate solid catches for cod, haddock, tuna and striped bass fishing charters for the duration of this season.

Call 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com  for August and September openings.

Good fishing to all!

Lucky Charmers Strike Again – 830lb Gloucester Bluefin Tuna on Tuna Hunter

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Martha’s Lucky Charmers proved lucky indeed, as they landed this amazing 117 inch giant bluefin aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters last weekend.

117 in bluefin tuna landed by Martha's Lucky Charmers on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

117 in bluefin tuna landed by Martha’s Lucky Charmers on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

 Kudos to all anglers – Martha, Patty, Al and Charlie, who expertly handled this long bluefin tuna throughout the 4 hour battle.  Al and Charlie had particularly long circling session with our girl, as she was having nothing to do with either of them, nor with mate “Lars-ceny” standing ready with the harpoon.  So close … yet so far, she’d come close and eyeball us, then flick her tail and be off. (That’s the 2nd harpoon in the foreground – the first was ready in hand.)

Giant bluefin tuna cruising alongside - so close yet so far.  2nd harpoon ready in the foreground, 1st harpoon in hand.

Giant bluefin tuna cruising alongside – so close yet so far. 2nd harpoon ready in the foreground, 1st harpoon in hand.

And oh what a good feeling it is when she’s tail-wrapped!

830 lb bluefin wrapped on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

830 lb bluefin wrapped on Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

The best news is, Martha brings us another lucky crew for the Gloucester Bluefin Blowout Tournament coming up August 1st – August 3rd.  Odds are with Martha on board we’ll break the shutout.  Good luck to all.

More Gloucester bluefin tuna are being landed every day – call Tuna Hunter for our latest August and September opening. This is shaping up to be an old-fashioned giant bluefin tuna season with more bigger fatter tuna as the season wears on.

Join Captain Gary Cannell on Tuna Hunter for the best boat, captain and experience.  978-407-1351 or captain@tunahunter.com