How far ahead of time should I book a charter?
Plan your charter as early in the season as possible to get the best availability of boats, charter dates and lodging in the area. Ground fishing trips can normally be accommodated with 2-4 weeks’ notice and many times less. For Giant Bluefin Tuna we recommend 2 months or more in advance if possible. If you have a specific captain and boat in mind we recommend booking in April or May. This is especially true if you wish to book the entire boat. In fact, we start booking Tuna Charters as early as February. People who have been here before realize that July, August, September, and October are the most desired charter months and Gloucester’s busiest tourist months. These months are the best for Tuna Charters because of the historic migratory run of the giant bluefin tuna. Veteran fishermen book their charters early to increase their chances of catching a giant bluefin tuna by securing their desired dates. Considering the overwhelming response from our nationally advertised commercial and ‘word-of-mouth’ recognition, we suggest that you secure your charter and local lodging by booking your desired dates at the earliest time possible.
How do I book a charter?
First, feel free to call us to discuss things that will help you in determining best time to come, type of charter to request and how many people you may want to invite. We can give you open dates or you can let us know how many people are coming and what date(s) you prefer. Once we have confirmed a date and boat we will require a 50% deposit to hold that date and will mail or email you our welcome package with the confirmation. The remaining 50% will be due by or before 14 days in advance of your charter date.
The kind of fishing you are seeking also will help us determine the best Captain and Fishing Vessel combination for you. You can’t go on an overnight trip in a center console boat any more than you can easily fish the flats in a large sport fisherman. Being as specific as possible to the kind of fishing you want to do, the size of your group will help make sure you’re in the right boat for the trip you are planning.