Tuna Charters

Blazing Bluefin Tuna

Blazing Bluefin Tuna ChartersBlazing Bluefin Tuna is a catch and release adventure for those wanting a real fish story to brag about. We are located on the Northumberland Strait & St. George’s Bay in Northeastern Nova Scotia which boasts some of the best bluefin tuna fishing in the world.

Blazing Bluefin Tuna Charters is based out of Cribbons Point Marina, Morristown, near the town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Our tuna season runs from September to mid October and the average weight of a tuna is 500 to 1200 pounds.

Blaise recently refitted his 43 foot fibreglass boat for client comfort and safety. The Colton Gerard is powered by a 435 HP CAT Diesel Engine. It’s also equipped with:

  • 2 Plotters
  • GPS
  • Radar
  • Auto pilot
  • Depth Sounder
  • 2VHS radios
  • 8 person inflatable raft
  • 5 custom built rods with 130 ST International Penn Reels (blue printed)
  • Live bait tank
  • Washroom, microwave, fridge, bunks
  • Power 120 V

Contact Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blazingbluefin
Website: blazingbluefin.com
Email: boydblaise@gmail.com
Phone: 902-870-7351

Mailing Address:
302 Cribbon’s Point Road
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
B2G 2L2

Meet the Captain

The Captain and Owner is Blaise Boyd, whose family has lived in the area for 8 generations and fished commercially for 4. Blaise was born and raised in Antigonish and owned his own lobster gear at the age of 17. After 5 years, he moved to Calgary, Alberta and opened several successful fish and seafood businesses including Boyd’s Lobster Shop and Boyd’s Seafood Restaurant.
Once Blaise made his mark in Calgary, he headed back east to return to his true passion of fishing. He currently holds commercial licenses for lobster, scallops, mackerel, herring and tuna.

 

Tuna Fever Fishing Charters

Tuna Fever Fishing ChartersHave you ever dreamed of catching the elusive “grander”? If so, our Bluefin Tuna charters routinely land 1,000 pound and over Bluefins. We give you the best chance in the world to experience the ultimate in deep sea fishing – the chance to land that giant tuna.

I live and fish from the port of Canso. However I can fish from Canso or the gulf. My vessel, the Melissa and Papa III is a 38 foot fishing boat. I use Penn 130 reels, and a fisher can either fish from the chair or from the side of the boat (ie. the gimble). I am sorry, but I do not have any stand-up fishing gear, yet. However, if a fisher wishes to bring their own gear, I have no objections.

Contact Information

Website: www.tunafeverfishingcharters.com
Email: bill.bond@ns.sympatico.ca
Phone: 902-366-2934

Meet the Captain

I have been fishing practically my whole life, since I was 13. I have been chasing and catching Bluefin tuna for over 15 years. My crew almost that long, so together we have almost 30 years experience catching tuna to our credit. I have caught hundreds of tuna over the years, including the elusive grander!

MacDougall Bluefin Tuna Charters

logo_120x90px_macdougallMacDougall Bluefin Tuna Charters gives you a one of a kind fishing experience. Captain Dan has been catching Giant Bluefin Tuna for 35 years. The knowledge and expertise of Dan and his crew, along with their east coast charm, are sure to impress. The Jan&Grace is a 45’ Hustler powered by a 625 HP Volvo-Penta engine complete with dual steering stations. It is fully equipped with a full array of modern electronics and safety equipment all Transport Canada approved. Dan takes pride in his new custom built 180 class rods, Penn 130 reels, as well as his custom built kite rod they love to use for that beautiful kite bite!

The Father/Daughter dynamic on the Jan&Grace is what sets this crew aside from all others. The crew of the Jan&Grace never stops. Once your fish bites their hook, they guide and encourage you through your big fight. Dan’s first mate/daughter, Grace, will wire your Giant right to the side of the boat so you get a picture with the catch of your life! When you reel one in with Captain Dan and First Mate Grace, you’ll never forget the camaraderie and exhilaration. Before you know it, you’ll be saying “Wow! Let’s do that again!”

Contact Information

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MacDougall-Bluefin-Tuna-Charters-808008552590875
Website: www.macdougallbluefintunacharters.ca
Twitter: @NSBluefinGirl (First Mate Grace)
Email: info@macdougallbluefintunacharters.com
Phone: 902-863-6989

Mailing Address:
1904 North Grant
Antigonish, N.S.
B2G 2L1
Canada

Meet the Captain

Capt. Dan MacDougall is a 3rd generation fisherman with over 35 years of experience. He fishes Lobster, Snow Crab, and Bluefin Tuna. Dan has been an active volunteer on various advisory roles in the fishing industry. He has spent over 15 years as a representative of Gulf N.S. to ALPAC (Atlantic Large Pelagic Advisory Committee), which advises the Canadian delegation of ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas). Dan welcomes you aboard the Jan&Grace to share in their knowledge, enthusiasm and love for Bluefin Tuna fishing that he and his crew experience.

Dan’s first mate, Grace, is a chip off the ol’ block and has been on her Dad’s fishing boat since before she could walk. She has been his helper since 2005 and is a natural on the boat. She fell in love with fishing as a full time Snow Crab and Lobster helper while attending high school and university. But ever since the first time she experienced the thrill of catching Giants with her Dad, she knew she wanted to do this for a living. She spends the “off season” as a personal fitness trainer and continues to fish full time as a Lobster, Snow Crab and Tuna helper. She looks forward to the day when she becomes Captain and a 4th generation fisher.

Hooked On Bluefin Tuna Charters

Hooked on Bluefin Tuna Charters is a family run business with Captain Allan, Son, Captain Blaine, and grandson Mackenzie. Allan has been involved in many areas of fishing for well over 40 years, which includes Bluefin tuna, lobster, mackerel, pelagics, groundfish and others. Both Allan and Blaine are experienced tuna fishermen. They both love the sport, and are very serious enthusiasts! Allan is a storyteller, and is known to keep people thoroughly entertained during fishing trips!

We do Tuna fishing, mackerel fishing, sightseeing tours, whale watching, sunset sailings, and any other boating experience you can think of.

During the summer and fall months, Nova Scotia is home to the largest Bluefin Tuna in the world, and Captain Allan docks his boat at the very same wharf where the IGFA All Tackle World Record Bluefin Tuna was landed by Ken Fraser in October 1979, weighing 1496 lbs. Giant Bluefin in the 700+ lb category are the norm for these waters, and granders are a regular sighting! Come and enjoy this unique and exclusive fishery … the only place in the world where you have a good chance of joining the 1000lb club!

We also have a completely furnished rental apartment over our garage if you choose to stay close by.

Contact Information

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hookedonbluefintunacharters
Website: www.hookedonbluefintunacharters.com
Email: allan13692@icloud.com
Phone: 902-747-3270 or 902-227-5913

Mailing Address:
Anderson Strait Fisheries Ltd.
13692 Hwy 4
Havre Boucher, Nova Scotia
B0H1P0

Meet the Captain

Allan started tuna fishing when all fishermen became licensed by the Canadian Government in 1979. His largest fish was 1188lbs. He has tried and tested many methods of tuna fishing over the years.

The crew of the MV Old Stick have been 5 time winners of the Sharp Cup (the fifth oldest sporting trophy in the world)at tournaments held in Halifax in the late 90s and 2000s.

In the early 80s Allan and crew were involved in a film for the dept. of tourism, called “Where the Biggest Bluefin Swim” with famed Bluefin Tuna Fisherman and Salmon conservationist, Lee Wulff and his wife, Joan Wulff from Upstate New York, USA

In 2014 Allan and crew were in a Bluefin documentary with Methods of Take out of California, called The Giant Tuna Experience. This was aired on NBC Sports in the USA in February 2015.

The MV Old Stick is a 45ft. Four Ports vessel, and is an approved charter boat, with both Allan and Blaine carrying all papers, tickets and licenses.

MacInnis Bluefin Tuna Charters

MacInnis Bluefin Tuna ChartersJoin the MacInnis family on board CFV Carrie Anne II for an unforgettable big-game fishing experience.

Contact Information

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MacInnisBluefinTunaChartersArisaig
Trip Advisor: www.tripadvisor.ca
Website: www.macinnisbluefintunacharters.com
Email: macinnischarters@gmail.com
Phone: 902-863-1509
Cell: 902-870-4776

Mailing Address:
5797 Highway 245
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
B2G 2L1

Meet the Captain

Captain Stevie Maclnnis has been a commercial tuna fisherman and advocate for the industry for many years. In 1981 he landed the second largest bluefin tuna in North America weighing in at 1,421 lbs and then landed a second tuna weighing in at 1,200 lbs on the same day. Capt. Stevie has 30 years of experience and would love to share it with fellow enthusiasts.

Boyd’s Bluefin Tuna Charters

Boyds' Bluefin Tuna ChartersBoyd’s Bluefin Charters is a family run charter business with a long history of fishing going back several generations. Born and raised on the waters of Northern Nova Scotia, Mark and Rob have been learning the techniques of Bluefin Tuna Fishing since they were old enough to hold a rod.

In addition to Mark and Rob Boyd, well known angler Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures, has been integral partner to ensure a world-class fishing experience. To catch these magnificent creatures, we use a 45 foot Northumberland Strait fiberglass boat with the latest electronics and fish-finding equipment, well suited for the tough conditions that you may experience during the fall season when battling these giants. Custom tackle, such as Melton Rods and Shimano reels, are utilized so ensure the angler has top notch equipment to battle these giants whether it be in a fighting chair or stand-up.

Contact Information

Facebook: www.facebook.com/boydscharters
Website : www.boydscharters.ca
Email: contact@boydscharters.ca
Phone: 902-870-2825

Mailing Address :
82 Cribbons Point Road
Antigonish, NS
B2G 2L2
Canada

Meet the Captains

Brothers Mark and Robert Boyd along with well-known angler Josh Temple of Prime Time Adventures, ensure a world-class fishing experience.

 

Rack Em Up

Are you ready for an adventure? Come aboard the Rack Em Up and try your luck at catching a Giant Bluefin Tuna off the coast of Nova Scotia.

Meet the Captain

Captain Derrick Grant and his crew have caught numerous tuna and will be pleased to give you an experience of a lifetime!

Time N’or Tide Charters

Time N'or Tide ChartersTime N’or Tide Charters is a family run tuna chartering outfit out of Margaree Harbor, Cape Breton. We also offer other fishing excursions; availability depending on the seasons.

Other adventures include boat tours of the local marine area and wildlife, such as whales, seals and more. Customized excursions can be organized upon request.

Time N’or Tide is equipped to Transport Canada Safety Standards & Regulations to ensure a safe and fun filled day on the water. On an excursion with Time N’or Tide, we guarantee great memories and many laughs.

Contact Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/timenortide (Time N’or Tide Charters)
Website: www.timenortidecharters.com
Email: time-nor-tide-charters@outlook.com
Phone: 902-235-2420 or 902-295-7811 or 902-258-7006

Mailing Address:
PO Box 35 Shore Road
Margaree Harbor, Nova Scotia
B0E 2B0

Meet the Captain

J Lauchlin MacKinnon is the captain of Time N’or Tide and the proud father of his crew. He was born and raised in Margaree Harbor with fishing in his blood.  He grew up around the wharf, with his own father.  He has been a commercial fisherman his whole life and has great knowledge and experience of the marine environment and the local area.  He has a great passion for the ocean.  Throughout all seasons of the year, Lauchlin fishes, from tuna, to lobster and crab, to halibut and scallops.

True North Tuna Charters

Meet the Captain

Capt. Kevin MacDougall comes from a fishing familyand has many years of experience hunting giant bluefin tuna. Capt. Kevin loves sharing this amazing experience with his clients and looks forward to every season.

Giant Bluefin Tuna Charters

Giant Bluefin Tuna ChartersGiant Bluefin Tuna Charters offers not only private deep sea fishing charters for bluefin tuna but also customized tours such as sightseeing, mackerel fishing, whale watching, sunset cruises, private boat rentals, memorial services etc aboard their safety approved passenger carrying vessel.

Capt. John and wife Chandra take great pride in their tuna charter operation.  They won the 2015 ‘Rising Star’ award from ‘Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores (a Nova Scotia tourism group).  They also now hold the IGFA Junior Female Bluefin Tuna Record for a 618 lb fish their 12 year old daughter Jenna landed in 2014, shattering the previous record. They charter with their new custom-built boat “Game Changer”: a 45’ Hustler with a 625hp Volvo engine and a bow thruster (a rare find in a down east fishing boat!).  The boat is fully loaded with an array of electronics, heat, a Kenwood bluetooth stereo with ample speakers both inside and out, lots of plugs for charging your cameras and phones (both standard 120 volt and usb plugs), a private bathroom with electric flush toilet, shower, sinks with running hot water and four comfortable bunks.

Capt. John is also very meticulous about his fishing equipment, using only what has been tried and tested by him.  He has a custom reinforced Release Fighting Chair (personally designed and tested by Release owner Sam Peters himself!), custom built 180 class rods (as well as some 130 class Penn rods), blueprinted Penn 130 reels, a custom  kite rod with a Penn 50 class reel, superior flying kites, and all top quality tackle.

Contact Information

Facebook: www.facebook.com/captainJohnGavin (Captain John Gavin)
Twitter: @nstunaguy (Captain John)
Twitter: @nstunagal (Chandra)
Instagram: giantbluefintunacharters
TripAdvisor: www.tripadvisor.ca
Website: www.giantbluefintunacharters.ca
Email: tunacharters@seasidehighspeed.com
Phone: 902-863-1128 or 902-870-2963

Mailing Address:
5323 Hwy 337 Cape George
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
B2G 2L2

Meet the Captain

Captain John Gavin is the ultimate professional bluefin tuna fishing guide.  He has 25 years experience fishing for bluefin and has been a captain for twenty years.  He has caught countless giant bluefin tuna on rod and reel out of the gimble, in the fighting chair and using stand up gear.  He even caught one on a hand-line.  It was his first bluefin tuna ever and weighed a whopping 1235 pounds!!! Capt. John can find the fish, hook you up, guide you through your fight and then wire your fish alongside for that coveted ‘bragging photo’.

Capt. John’s wife and fishing partner Chandra will also accompany you.  She is a hostess in true Maritime fashion!  Not only does she make sure you’re well fed while at sea, she is also Capt. John’s mate so she’ll be right there beside you when you reel in the big one!  She can assist you with the other non-fishing details of your trip as well and has been known to throw together an authentic Maritime lobster boil on short notice too! When you fish with the Gavins you’re treated like family!!