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COME FISHING WITH US THIS WEEKEND!

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OPENINGS THIS WEEKEND!

WE HAD A COUPLE CANCELLATIONS SO WE’RE LOOKING FOR HUNGRY ANGLERS TO GO STRIPER, GROUND, OR TUNA FISHING WITH US!  STRIPERS AND GROUND FISH ARE ABUNDANT AND THE GIANT BLUEFIN TUNA HAS ARRIVED OFF THE SHORES OF GLOUCESTER HARBOR – THE GIANT BLUEFIN TUNA FISHING CAPITAL!

BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!  IF YOU’VE GOT MORE THAN 6 PEOPLE (LIMIT OF BOAT), WE CAN GET ANOTHER BOAT TO TAKE 6 MORE…CALL US NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT AND HAVE A GREAT DAY OUT ON THE WATER!  WHO WANTS TO BE THE FIRST TO GET ON BOARD???

 

Gloucester Charter Connection Bluefin Blowout Ultimate Package

Get Your Game on! Join us for the Bluefin Blowout

The Bluefin Blowout is New England’s premier giant bluefin tuna tournament presented by the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group, and hosted by Cape Ann Marina Resort in the historic fishing port of Gloucester, MA. We invite you to spend two days & two nights of tuna fishing aboard the FV Subdivider with Captain Johnny Johnson. Be part of the three-day event featuring cash prizes, merchandise giveaways, cash Calcutta, nightly dinners and live entertainment. The Gloucester Charter Connection Bluefin Blowout Ultimate Package is described below!

Are you and your team ready to join us to compete for over $40,000 in cash, jackpots, and prizes along with the coveted
Bluefin Blowout Trophy?

Everything in this World Class Hunt for the Giant Bluefin Tuna included for $5,500. Although the boat can fish up to 6 people we are looking for 4 serious anglers. See below for what is included in this package!

So call Captain Johnny Johnson right away at 256-486-6094 for all the details on the Gloucester Charter Connection Bluefin Blowout Ultimate Package!

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Join Captain Johnny Johnson at Midnight, July 27th and fish non-stop until weigh-in at 3 pm, Saturday, July 29th. Bring your overnight bag because you will need it.

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Enjoy Food & Entertainment! Join the team at GCC for a Barbecue dinner with music & cocktails on Thursday, July 27th.

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Rest in Yacht Luxury! You and your family are invited to lodge on our luxury Viking Yacht at Cape Ann Marina that sleeps up to 8 from noon, July 27th through noon, July 30th.

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Help us take home the Trophy! Join Captain Johnny Johnson to compete for over $40,000 in cash, prizes, and calcutta along with the coveted Bluefin Blowout Trophy.

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More Food, Music and Awards! Join Gloucester Charter Connection Saturday evening for dinner and awards. Events start at 1 pm and continue through the evening, July 29th. Bring your family along to enjoy all the day’s activities while you hunt for that trophy tuna. Gloucester Charter Connection Bluefin Blowout Ultimate Package is an great package for serious anglers.

Fill Your Freezer!

 We are booking NOW for the 2017 Ground Fishing Season

Full and half day charters to get your fill of Haddock, Giant Pollock, Stiped Bass and other species in season at the time with our Ground Fishing Charters. Book a Full day charter and we guarantee you will catch your limit – or the charter is on us! What a great way to spend a day on the water with family and friends and fill your freezer at the same time. We filet and bag your catch for you before you leave the boat. And stay with us to enjoy our “Catch and Cook” feast at Mile Marker One, Cape Ann Marina where they cook to order a sample of the day’s catch for only $10 per person. Book Now!

Fishing has been extremely good the last couple of years and we have received a lot of “word of mouth” recognition. We have some great captains but once the spring hits our boats will fill up quickly.

We don’t want to leave anyone out! So call soon for available dates and let’s get you on board.

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Fill your freezer with fish!

Fill your Freezer with your family! Bring up to 6 people to help you catch the maximum quota.

Trophy Fish with Gloucester Charter Connection

Set a record catch! Bring home a trophy as well as a freezer full if fresh fish and great stories.

Max out early fishing with Gloucester Charter Connection

Max out early! And on the way home we will filet your fish while you enjoy the rest of the charter day.

Harvesting Lobster Traps with Gloucester Charter Connection

Haven’t had enough? We will check Gloucester Charter Connection’s Lobster Traps on the way in and add to your catch.

Catch and Cook meal at Mile Marker One

Before you leave we invite you to Mile Marker One at Cape Ann Marina to enjoy a prepared sample of your catch along with great sides for only $10/person.

Overnight Bluefin Tuna Charters

Overnight Bluefin Tuna Charters

Typically the rule of thumb when pursuing a giant Bluefin Tuna is, “the more hours on the water, the better the chance to get that BIG fish!” The giant Bluefin Tuna tend to swim further off shore. It takes our fishing charter boats a longer time getting to the “tuna grounds”, thus offering less time for actual fishing. The giant Bluefin Tuna tend to feed at night. To increase the odds of landing that BIG fish, we prefer to stay at the “tuna grounds” for prolonged periods of time. High tides, low tide, current changes, wind direction, dusk and dawn all influence the odds of catching that BIG fish.

For the more serious angler, Gloucester Charter Connection offer both single and multiple overnight excursion options. How long can you hunt tuna? We will test your answer if you are up for it. We are able to fish during the evening/overnight hours in addition to the daylight hours. So if you are up for it…you can get three day’s worth of Tuna Hunting time by booking a two-day charter and requesting the overnight option. The best thing about that is that we do not charge extra for the overnight portion. Woo Hoo…more time to get that Giant Bluefin Tuna on the hook. We have sleeping bunks if you need to catch some sleep while your fishing partner stays on the lookout for ‘reel’ action and we will make sure to wake you up once that rod starts to bend! If you need us to set up some appropriate food for the journey let us know or bring your own. We will certainly be cooking up the fresh catch while on the ocean. Bring your own change of clothes, drink and cell phone to capture your fish. We will take care of the rest.

Come visit Gloucester, Mass to set up your Bluefin Tuna or ground fishing charter!

For more information call 978-515-7739. Create your own Adventure of a Lifetime Story.

(Photos below of sunrises seen on Overnight Bluefin Tuna Hunting Adventures!)

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Sunrise on an Overnight Bluefin Tuna Hunting Adventure.

A Day In The Life Of A Bluefin Tuna Captain

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I am a Bluefin Tuna Captain. It’s 4 am and my bedside alarm jolts me awake.

I half roll out of bed, silence it, then lie back down to start thinking about the day ahead.  Getting dressed, I fire up the laptop to check the online marine weather.  No major changes from yesterday and no precipitation. It’s shaping up to be a classic, early September day on the water.  Another day of Bluefin tuna fishing and I can’t wait to get to the boat!

The day started promising enough. A non-charter day; no clients, no pressure, no problem.  We left the dock early, pitch black, not hint of a rising sun, the marina is dead quiet.With no other engines fired up to go out, my mate and I silently left the boat slip.  The plan for the day….1)motor out to an area where we’ve been able to jig up bait all season,  2) check out some spots on the way to the fishing grounds that we like and 3) if there is sign of life we’ll throw down anchor and set up for a day.

We plan to be set up for the next two tide switches, with one every 12 hours. We know we will have plenty of time to set the anchor, drift to the depth we want, start chumming, (or not), then fish the way we know how for the rest of the day.  No matter what the apprehension or doubts in your mind you just need to pick your spot, work it, work it, work it some more, and then work it until a fish eats your bait.

Waiting for the bite can be the most difficult and mind racking part of the day.

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Reeling in a Bluefin Tuna on a Giant Bluefin Tuna Charter with Gloucester Charter Connection.

Always, as a bluefin tuna captain, all decisions on the boat are yours.  Dropping the anchor and setting up on “numbers”, for me is the most mentally nerve racking part of the day.  Occasionally those days occur when the fish were here yesterday, so every bone of your angler body knows, that they’ll be here again today!  Those days rarely happen consecutively in this fishery but when they do you feel like a superhero.  Motoring towards our destination we spot cormorants and kittiwakes diving into the water ocean’s surface.  Suddenly ripples and swirls pepper the ocean’s surface.  As I throttle back on the engines the water takes on a glassy sheen with only the boat’s wake disrupting the stillness emanating from the bow.  The faint glow on the horizon is a welcoming thought of the rising sun to follow, but for now, blackness and stillness is the friend of a fisherman.  Our anchoring spot for today is approx. 20 miles from the marina so we have a good 1 ½ hour of travel time until dropping anchor.  The ride out is no time to sleep however . . . there is always the chance of seeing “signs of life” as we motor out.   Anything, birds, bait, whale, ripples, fish crashing, other boats stopped to jig up fish.  It’s all a possibility.  Keep your eyes open, scan the horizon, stay sharp.  The “real fish” ie tuna, can be closer to shore than you think!

While traveling we are constantly looking at it to see any sign of life under the boat in addition to reading the bottom contours of the seafloor describing where to lay anchor.   As captain I am up in the wheelhouse with eyes open, one hand on the wheel, one hand on the coffee cup.  The mate is on the back deck, eyes open, scanning the horizon, readying the rods, reels, lines, hooks, gaffs, tail lines, harpoons and other misc gear.

Approaching our chosen area, we are not only looking for a good spot to anchor, but also scanning horizon for other boats.   While picking an optimal spot to drop the anchor, I’m paying attention to the wind, the swells, the tide movement, the depth and what’s going on with any nearby boats. And this is all before we have even started fishing….

As the vessel rolls out of the dock, there is more time to talk. We often reflect on the events from the day before, about the days past, the one that got away, the one that was caught.

On a charter day, the experience is very much the same – aside from the awkwardness of meeting 6 people for the first time, and knowing that you will be responsible for them for the next 10-12 hours.  On charter days, your Captain’s hat must now replace the casual and fun guy. Gone away is the familiarity and comradely learned and earned on those first 90 min.  The jokes, ribbing, tales, knowledge, and stories exchanged are replaced with your responsible persona as you know it is time to step up.  Who knows, maybe the short stocky guy with glasses that you previously observed in the group, turns out to be a world class fly fishing guide who has caught more species on more continents than you!

A charter day or a commercial fishing day always wraps up the same. The day starts to wind down. It’s time to go back to the dock. On the ride back to the dock, some of the anglers are talking, some are worshiping the sun, and one is sleeping. I get back to the dock and tie up the boat. There are fish to be cleaned. I say goodbye to today’s charter party, it’s all over for them but not for me. I clean the boat, wash all the rods we used today, and re-rig all lines that need it. When I am finished, I run up to the tackle shop to puck up bait for tomorrow. I bring the bait back to the freezer by the boat. Finally, there is a chance to sit down on the dock. Looking over the boat I think to myself,

There’s nothing like being a Bluefin Tuna Captain, I can’t wait ‘til tomorrow.

Gloucester Charters

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Gloucester, “America’s Oldest Seaport,” was settled in 1623. An area as rich in culture and beauty as it is in history, Gloucester has been a key player in the fishing industry since its settlement. Originally codfish brought settlers to the area, but now residents and visitors ship out from the port of Gloucester in pursuit of a variety of species. Cod, haddock, stripers, bluefish, giant Bluefin tuna, and sharks – to name a few.

We have charters for the seasoned fishermen, old salts, the novice and children.

We offer charter adventures for every level of experience. While all fishing excursions are memorable, there is nothing that compares to capturing a 1,000 lb. giant Bluefin tuna. An experience of a lifetime, hunting tuna quickly becomes addictive. Oftentimes, those who have braved the seas, reschedule their next charter upon returning to shore.

Tuna fishing excursions are perfect for corporate groups.

Whether you are finessing a new client or looking for a team building experience, the challenge of capturing a half ton behemoth from the depths of the ocean – brings out the collaborative skills in all attendees.  Our captains often speak of witnessing the evolution of leaders that emerge from these life altering adventures. The bond of trust that is built during these fishing trips typically seal the deal for prospective partnerships.

Our professional captains operate some of the finest fishing vessels on the North Shore. Our fleet brings with it decades of experience on the water. Once you have fished with one of our captains, you will be reserving your next charter before landing back on shore!

CHOOSE YOUR CHARTER

 

 

Tuna Fishing Tips and Tricks

How to Avoid Getting Seasick

Becoming unexpectedly ill as a result of seasickness is always a possibility. In one form or other, it is possible for anyone on the trip to feel sick, even on calm waters. It can happen to anyone. If you have a tendency to get seasick or suffer from motion sickness, we strongly recommend you consider a prescription patch for the trip. At a minimum, we recommend that you take over the counter medication like Dramamine, starting the night before your trip. It does little good to start taking these over the counter medications once you are feeling queasy. Be sure you carefully follow the instruction label for taking an over-the-counter medication to ensure sufficient dosage. The dosage is typically calculated for a 150-pound person.

What you eat and drink before and during a trip is crucial to avoiding seasickness. Typically bland, easily digestible food is best. Pass on the predawn bacon, egg and cheese sandwich! Minimize alcohol consumption. Getting sick will definitely ruin your day and can make the trip unpleasant for the other guests; so we urge you to err on the side of caution.

Dock and Departure

Unless otherwise agreed upon, fishing charters depart from Cape Ann Marina, 75 Essex Ave. Gloucester MA. The time for departure is dependent on the type of charter and the time of year. Please confirm your charter departure time and plan to be at the dock at least 15 minutes prior.

What You Should Bring

Food (bagged lunches)
Drinks (soda, water, juice and beer/wine)
Appropriate Clothing
Remember that it is cooler on the water than it is on land, so you may want to bring a sweatshirt or jacket.
Rain gear, waterproof boots or shoes.
If you’re a hearty soul out fishing in the fall or early winter, you’ll want to dress in layers.
Sun visor or a hat to block the powerful rays.
Sunblock
Sunglasses

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