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The Causeway Restaurant In Gloucester

It is said that to really know the true flavor of an area – ask the locals where they eat. It is usually a hidden gem, fresh ingredients made with love, huge portions, not too flashy, and always with lines out the door.

Well, that could not be truer of our Neighbor, the Causeway Restaurant. Ranked #2 out of 136 Restaurants in Gloucester on Trip Advisor, we are all wondering who #1 is! The menu has something for everyone, serving both lunch and dinner 11 months of the year. I guess one month is a well-deserved break from 7 days of great food and service, starting at 11am for lunch and continuing through dinner.

No Alcohol on the menu but Feel free to bring in your own bottle of Wine or Beer.in.

The Causeway has been a local favorite serving Italian and seafood entrees for over ten years. They offer in-house dining and take-out. The turn-over and with well-versed fast-paced servers means even if you have to stand in line – you won’t for long. They have it down. Don’t bother trying to get a reservation as it is first come first seated. And you better bring your appetite or plan on leaving with a doggie bag.

This is an excellent review and video – please enjoy and next time you stop and see us plan on eating at the Causeway.

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.

VIP Ground Fishing Charters – for single or couples

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Are you a single or couple looking to be part of a VIP ground fishing charter trip out of Gloucester? We are booking now.  Each trip will have five to six fun fish anglers to share costs, laughs and fill your freezers! We have dates starting in late April through June that we are booking right now. We will also be booking ground and combo trips for July and August. If you are a Tuna angler then get on our list for VIP Tuna charter dates from late July through November. If you are interested please call or email us. We want you on our VIP Ground Fishing Charter list so each time we have a VIP trip coming up we will see if you can join us! Learn more….

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Join a few other VIP customers to fill your freezer this spring and summer through Gloucester Charter Connection

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Another Great day of Ground Fishing. If you don’t catch your quota – you don’t pay.

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Whether you are a family of 6 or just 1 or 2 people we have ground fishing charters ready starting April on!

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.