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Fantastic Fishing!!!

WOW!!!   In all my years fishing, I can’t remember seeing so many big ground fish!  The fishing has been truly exceptional and we are having a blast.  Clients from Texas, Illinois, Georgia, and Massachusetts now have their freezers stuffed full of fresh haddock and the giant razor pollock.  If you would like to fill YOUR freezer, NOW IS THE TIME!  We have several people calling the office that have one, two, or three folks, so if you don’t have a whole group, don’t hesitate to call the office and we’ll customize a trip for you.

It’s finally warmed up and the water is flat.  We’re seeing excessive amounts of herring, mackerel, gannets and whales.  We are even marking a few giant bluefin tuna and the harpoon boats are starting to bring them in steady.  The striped bass have shown up and the big boys and cow stripers are being hooked daily.  So if you want your chance to get in on the fantastic fishing,  call us today and speak with Faith or Julie at the office or Captain Johnny on his cell phone at (256) 486-6094.

Thank to all of our VIP customers who booked your giant bluefin tuna trips early!  It makes the work in the office so much more efficient!  For those of you who have not booked yet,  please call us and let us know of your plans as soon as possible before our calendar is full!

Tight Lines, Captain Johnny
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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.

TIGHT LINES
CAPTAIN JOHNNY

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.

DO YOU WANT TO CATCH A GIANT BLUE FIN TUNA?

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DO YOU WANT TO CATCH A GIANT BLUEFIN TUNA?

Greeting from Captain Johnny!

First come first served – so book your dates now.  We  know it’s only February, but our phones are ringing already!!!  For returning customers, you get VIP pricing in 2017.  For military, firemen, policemen, veterans, we offer our 10% discount off of our regular boat price.  Fishing has been extremely good the last couple of years and we have received a lot of “word of mouth” recognition.  We don’t want to leave anyone out!  So call soon for available dates and lets get you booked in.

TIGHT LINES,
CAPTAIN JOHNNY
(256) 486-6094

p.s. call my personal cell phone to customize YOUR trip

 

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PGloucester Charter Connection Weekly Fishing Report
Captain Johnny Johnson

 


SEASONS GREETING FROM THE GLOUCESTER CHARTER CONNECTION

 
It’s been an amazing and busy year here at the Gloucester Charter Connection.  The Fishing has been fantastic, Truly a World Class Fishing Year here in Gloucester, Ma, in fact as of last Friday we caught so many Tuna that we met our quota for the first time in many years and they literally shut Tuna Season down.    From the amount of haddock, Giant Pollock, and other Ground fish each customer got to take home coolers full to stock there freezers for the Fall, Winter, and Spring. With the Holidays approaching  we want to Remind everyone that we offer Gift Certificates for Deep Sea Fishing Charter Trips.  It makes for a fantastic Christmas present for all!  If your looking to fill up your freezer with Ground Fish those trips Run in May, June, July.  For those who have the passion for The Giant Blue Fin Tuna , like we do, those trips run in the months of July, August, September and October.  The great thing about getting gift certificates now is that we only require a down payment/deposit.  This gives you plenty of time to pay your Charter balance before your trip.  Rates are as follows, Half Day Ground Fishing is $750, Full Day Ground Fishing $1250.   The Rate for a Giant Blue Fin Tuna Trip is $1650 A Day for 4-6 People. Multiple Days are $1500 per day. We also offer ride alongs for Blue Fin Tuna for $450 per day. You just need to bring food and drink on these Charters, the Boat will have everything else.   So when your thinking of something special or unique, give Captain Johnny Johnson a call or text at his personal Cell number, 256-486-6094 and he can put together a customized trip for you, a family member or a friend.  With a purchase of a Gift Certificate you will receive an envelope stating the details of the trip.  It’s a great gift for Christmas.  It truly was an unbelievable year of fishing, and from all of us here at the Gloucester Charter Connection, we hope you have a great Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.  We look forward to fishing with you next year!  Check out some of the end of the year photos. Also notice the six tails on the box photo, we had one Giant on Monday 110 inches, on Tuesday we had two fish over 100 inches each, the next day 3 Giants.  Nothing the next day, but the following day three more Giants, All big Fatty’s!!  Spectacular World Class Giant Blue Fin Tuna Fishing!
 
     
 
 

 

 
Tight Lines, Captain Johnny Johnson
 

P.S. Remember when booking with the Gloucester Charter Connection, we can handle all your accommodations from lodging to dining.  Below is a list of our local Premier Sponsors:
(Please click on the links below to visit our sponsors web sites)

 

 Dining    

                           

               Accommodations
                   Causeway                                            Addison Choate Inn
                      Passports                                          Annisquam Village Realty
                Rudder                                               Cape Ann Motor Inn
                                  Studio                                             Cape Ann’s Marina & Resort
                Stones Pub                                        Rockport Inn & Suites
                                                                         Vista Motel & Efficiencies
                                                                       Driftwood at Niles Beach

   Cape Ann Harbor Tours/Steve Douglass      
                           http://www.capeannharbortours.com                            
                                                                           

 

 

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Gloucester Charter Connection Weekly Fishing Report
Captain Johnny Johnson

 


SUBDIVIDER IS ON FIRE!!!!

 

As most of you know, the Giant Blue Fin Tuna showed up five weeks late this year, as a result the Giant Blue Fin Tuna Fishing has been spectacular for the past several weeks.They are settled in and feeding heavy.  In the last ten fishing trips the Subdivider has dropped off 14 Giant Blue Fin Tuna.  On two occasions we have had three Giants in one day, on another day two Giant Blue Fin, and literally every day we are getting to watch the rod bend over..  For those folks that were not able to come due to weather or conflict in scheduling or to those folks that simply want to Giant Blue Fin Tuna Fish again, the Subdivider will be fishing through Thanksgiving. As the days roll by the chance of the weather being cooperative becomes less and less. So far the October weather has been fantastic. Although the mornings are a little chilly the days have been very comfortable and pretty close to perfect to chase The Giant Blue Fin Tuna. For whatever reason you haven’t been able to get on the water or would even love to go again, get in touch with us as soon as possible to book your trip.  
 
          

                           

  

 
 
 
Tight Lines, Captain Johnny Johnson
 
P.S.: Remember when booking with the Gloucester Charter Connection, we can handle all your accommodations from lodging to dining.  Our number is 978-515-7739. Below is a list of our local Premier Sponsors:
(Please click on the links below to visit our sponsors web sites)

 
           

                          Dining                                               Accommodations
                   Causeway                                            Addison Choate Inn
                      Passports                                          Annisquam Village Realty
                Rudder                                               Cape Ann Motor Inn
                                  Studio                                             Cape Ann’s Marina & Resort
                Stones Pub                                        Rockport Inn & Suites
                                                                         Vista Motel & Efficiencies
                                                                       Driftwood at Niles Beach

   Cape Ann Harbor Tours/Steve Douglass      
             http://www.capeannharbortours.com/                             
                                                                           

 

 

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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.