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Old 07-11-2018, 08:00 AM
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Hay guys Iím thinking about trying to do some tuna fishing around Labor Day. I donít know much about NE fishing as Iím from TX working up here in PA. So I was wondering is that a good time of year or not and for what species. I would like go for a big bluefin mostly to have the experience Iíve been yellowfin fishing in the gulf a few times and itís a blast but want a shot at the big boy. I know there are laws about big ones but donít really want that much meat anyway but I would like to be able to keep a few pounds of something to take home. Any recommendations on locations and reputable charter boats would be appreciated. Iíve tried looking online but nothing has caught my eye but that could just be me as Iím not the most computer savvy person. If possible I would like to use some of my own equipment I heard some boats donít want extra equipment that they donít know can be trusted and thatís I can understand that so itís not a deal breaker for me.
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call real deal on the cape (truro).
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:12 AM
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Fishing Trips- tuna, bass with Captain Tom Szado - Perfect Catch
http://www.capecodsportsmen.com/
Cape Cod fishing charters aboard The HeadHunter - Saltwater fishing, sportfishing and saltwater flyfishing for striped bass, stripers, bluefish, cod, shark and bluefin tuna off of Chatham
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a few here, these guys have been around for a loooong time hand have caught many Bluefin. If the fish are around they'll get you on them. There are a couple guys out on Nantucket as well who are damn good.
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:33 AM
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Well, you are picking a good time of the year on Cape Cod. The Yellowfin are all off in the canyons (and there haven't been many GULF-sized YFT anyway). Big bluefin can be caught around Cape Cod within sight of the shore that time of year. Weather can be an issue with hurricanes / storms so you want a few days for a window if possible. Nice thing about tip of Cape fishing is you can get out back or inside and still find fish on some bad weather days and have some protection. You need to decide what kind of fishing you want to do... Bobby Rice will JigN Pop, so if thats what you're after then Real Deal is a good call, as mentioned above by OP ^^^^. I don't like the behavior of some of the other small boat guys running jig N Pop charters - I won't mention them. They seem to think that b/c they have a paying client onboard they can chop you (those guys can suck it). I pay for my boat, my gear and my gas and they dont get a free pass in my book. Anyway... One other consideration is conventional type fishing obviously. Tolling or chunking. Chinking is effective and that is what the giant guys will focus on. Keep in mind that if you are on a paying charter and score a commercial fish, I'm pretty sure you've typically waived your rights to that fish, s don't plan on taking a chunk before it gets weighed and packed away for Logan.
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Wrt keeping fish, any charter boat that targets tuna > 73" will likely keep it to sell. It's not that just want the money, the regs stop them from letting fares keep them. A rec boat (charters are rec boats) can only keep one fish over 73" per year. So if they have already used up that fish, they can't take another unless it's commercial.

And while they can let you keep bft under 73", they can't keep both at the same time (can't mix comm and rec in same trip). So that tends to drive the behavior where they release small fish and keep comm size. Not all, but many will. Check to see what their policy is first.

Btw, there are giants that swim through into January. Labor day isn't too late. That doesn't mean they will be plentiful at any given time, just that they will be around.
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:40 AM
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All good advice here, as usual!
Have you considered PEI in Canada? Truly large fish if that's what you are interested in.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:43 AM
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Thanks for all the in I knew there was something about the sizes I donít have a problem letting a big one go to market but would like to keep something. Are they allowed to keep anything other than GBF like other types of tuna or or other species. What else is biting that time of year
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Starfish Charters on Nantucket
great place to fish and visit that time of year
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There’s a mess of guys that are good and will get you a shot at a big fish if that’s what you want.
If you’re targeting giants and you get one, I don’t believe you can keep anything else. As someone mentioned, no mixing of recreational and commercial on the same trip. You have to pick one. There will be bass around to fish for. Pretty common to split a day between the two, bass and tuna.
I would suggest you do a recreational trip ( fish under 73”) a 70” fish can weigh a few hundred pounds and give you every bit of the thrill of truly big girl.

I haven’t fished with any of these but along with the several already mentioned here’s a few guys that are very good at this game.
Terry Nugent riptide charters
Jimmy ( the Greek) On time charters
and if everyone else is booked ( which is a good possibility)
Chuck Distefano Skip-a-dory ( bostonsportfishing) charters
hes out of Boston but also a very good Capt that will give you a legit shot at a tuna.
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call real deal on the cape (truro).
he's prob been booked since March for end of Aug - mid Oct.

good direction, Real Deal is top notch.
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Current rec catch limits are 2 fish over 27" and under 47" and one between 47" and 73". If the trophy fish quota is still open and the boat hasn't claimed one yet, you can also keep one over 73".

All classes of fish should be available at that time of year. Just get the charter to agree to keeping it to rec rules and not retain anything over 73" (unless it's the last and only fish of the day).
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you can always ask for the "head steak" if you just want some to try
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Thanks again for all the great info
how about the thought of bringing some of my own gear
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Thanks again for all the great info
how about the thought of bringing some of my own gear
i think youíd just have to ask and depending on various circumstances etc...
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given how this year has panned out for BFT so far, I think Labor Day is just about right.
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If you go with Terry Nugent of Riptide Charters you will have an excellent time!
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If I go rec only what other species are hot that time of year
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:42 PM
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For eating?... In the bluefin spots, probably just stripers & blues. Maybe you get lucky and the bonito will show on the south side of CC, MV / nantucket. You won't catch any bones up at Race Point, or Cape Cod Bay.
For fun (and if the WX is crap for bluefin) you should do some googling of False Albacore fishing on MV as a back-up. Shore fishing can be insane. They are a blast on light tackle (as are the Bonito). Bones are de-lish, Albies, not so much. Some people like bluefish to eat... Some people.
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Woodbone...you don't mention where you will be staying? Cape Cod? Boston Proper? Cape Ann.north...we need that to zero in on best charter wjthout you doing extra travel. Regards Tommy
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