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: (Captain John Gavin)
Twitter: @nstunaguy (Captain John)
Twitter: @nstunagal (Chandra)
Instagram: giantbluefintunacharters
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!!