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Fishing in Playa Herradura

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Playa Herradura

Half Day Offshore

50% (2)
27 ft 1 - 4 People $$
Fishing in Montauk

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Montauk

Montauk Point Sportfishing

42 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
Fishing in Mount Pleasant

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Mount Pleasant

Big Fish Luxury Charter

43 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
Fishing in Hatteras

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Hatteras

Gulf Stream Deep Run

100% (1)
48 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
Fishing in Newport Beach

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Newport Beach

Offshore Full Day

25 ft 1 - 4 People $$$
Fishing in Atlantic Beach

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Atlantic Beach

Bluefin On The Surf

100% (1)
30 ft 1 - 4 People $$$

Most Popular Types of Bluefin Tuna Trips

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Fishing in Newport Beach
Fishing in Newport Beach
Fishing in Newport Beach
trip description for San Clemente Island Full Day in Newport Beach

On this full-day fishing adventure, you'll head offshore towards the San Clemente Islands, a narrow outcrop that's home to millions of migratory birds and tons of sea life. The fishery here is one of the most productive in California, attracting pelagic predators such as Tuna as well as nearshore species such as Barracuda, Yellowtail Amberjack, Rockfish, and more. Cold currents from the Pacific run right up against the cliffs here, creating a perfect environment for major sportfish. On this trip, Captain Matt will take you offshore where you can target pelagic species such as Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna, White Seabass, and Yellowtail. The season will determine the fish you target, but all of these fish are amazing fighters and some of the best-eating fish anywhere in the ocean. On this trip, you'll primarily be trolling, using multiple baits and lures to attract these fast, aggressive fish. You will be using top-of-the-line gear, artificial lures, and hand-rigged bait. When a big Bluefin hits that hook, you'll know it! Tuna are some of the hardest-fighting fish in the sea, and they'll test your strength, stamina, and fishing skill, so be ready. Naturally, you'll use different techniques to target these species, including trolling, bottomfishing, trolling, and jigging to pick up bites! Depending on the season, weather, and your fishing preferences, Captain Matt will make sure that you're equipped with the right gear and tackle to get the job done. You'll get out there aboard his 25' Parker pilothouse, a fishing vessel that was purpose-built to handle anything the Pacific can throw your way. Originally built in 2001, she's been fitted with a 300HP Suzuki engine and top-notch electronics, including GPS, Sonar, radio, and more. Captain Matt will provide everything for you, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. Just bring some sunscreen and your California Fishing Licenses and you'll be good to go! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Newport Beach

San Clemente Island Full Day

25 ft 1 - 4 People $$$
Fishing in Cape May
Fishing in Cape May
Fishing in Cape May
trip description for Mahi/Wahoo - Inshore Troll in Cape May

Hop on board with Captain Mark for memorable day on the Atlantic! Cape May provides plenty of exciting fishing opportunites with direct access to the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. With Captain Mark you'll get to explore it all while you troll the open waters. On this 10-hour trip, Captain Mark will take you to the nearshore wrecks and reefs or up to 40 miles offshore where you’ll be fishing for exciting species such as Bigeye Tuna, Bluefin Tuna, Bonito, King Mackerel, False Albacore, Mahi Mahi, Skipjack Tuna, and Wahoo. To attract these picture-worthy fish you can use a variety of methods, although the focus of this trip is trolling. Trolling trips are great because the boat and the knowledge of your captain take care of half the work for you. You get to sit back, relax, enjoy the sweet sea breeze, and rest your arms while you wait for the reel to start screaming and your work to begin! You’ll be fishing aboard a 39' Downeast sportfisher that can hold up to 6 guests. Powered by a 550 HP Detroit engine, this vessel will have no problem getting you to the deep waters with plenty of time left to fish! She comes complete with GPS, Fishfinder, a Live Bait Well, Outriggers, and an Ice Box to store your catches. There's even an on board bed and restroom for your comfort. Captain Mark will provide all rods, reels, tackle and live bait. All you need to bring is polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and any food or drinks you might want on the water. Book your trip today and get ready to reel in some big ones! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Cape May

Mahi/Wahoo - Inshore Troll

44 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
Fishing in Sandys
Fishing in Sandys
Fishing in Sandys
trip description for Bermuda Bluewater Excursion in Sandys

Climb aboard with Captain Russell and experience an action-packed day of fishing in Bermuda! On these 4, 6, and 9-hour trips, you can expect to target Almaco Jack, Blue Marlin, Bluefin Tuna, Mahi Mahi / Dorado, Tiger Shark, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowtail Snapper, and many more species! Don’t forget: the longer you go, the farther out you travel. And the farther out you travel, the bigger the fish get! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Russell’s 35' Bruno and Stillman sportfisher, which is equipped with one 560 HP engine. She can accommodate up to 6 people! This a luxury vessel made specifically for sportfishing. Captain Russell is happy to pick you up within a 20-minute radius of the port. He enjoys cleaning and filleting your day’s catch after your trip, which you can enjoy right away at a nearby beachside restaurant. Captain Russell will provide all fishing licenses, live bait, as well as rods, reels, and tackle. Don’t forget to bring food and drinks for the day. Get ready for a thrilling day out as you go after a range of exciting and delicious fish that call these waters home! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Sandys

Bermuda Bluewater Excursion

100% (1)
35 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
Fishing in Manteo
Fishing in Manteo
Fishing in Manteo
trip description for Offshore Fishing Trip in Manteo

These trips are more adventure than fishing trip, adventures are what keep anglers up at all hours of the night, these monsters will haunt you. This adventure tests your C-Legs, leaving the dock before sunrise and usually returns 10-12hrs later running to grounds that are 35-60miles from the inlet. The life, scenery and remoteness will mesmerize you, until that rod doubles over and has you wondering if you’re “Tough Enough”. Depending on the time of year the species will change, Yellowfin, Bigeye, Blackfin and Giant Bluefin Tuna, White and Blue Marlin, Wahoo and Mahi. We can include bottom fishing on this trip as well if desired, just let us know beforehand. On the day of the trip, you'll go aboard Captain John's 28' Carolina Classic sportfisher. Captain John says it best himself: "She is known for 2 things, a serious offshore sportfishing vessel with one HELLOVA ride, and a little something to keep mama happy. Weighing in at over twice most boats here size (16,000lb), coupled with a 24-degree deadrise means she keeps that sexy bottom in the water, not bouncing off of it. How do we push that, with the most reliable name in the diesel market…CUMMINS. With twin 330hp Cummins diesels she sports a cruising speed of 27kts, making a short ride to even the offshore grounds. 2nd…Mac Privott didn’t forget to add a few comforts when he designed this boat. Heating/AC, fully electric head, fridge and microwave, as well as a little space down below to recuperate after fighting that monster. The boat is decked out with the latest in electronics, a full SIMRAD suite from 4G Radar down to Chirp sounders for finding those monsters that lurk in the deep. When it comes to gear, she is decked with the latest from Okuma, Penn and Shimano to handle anything from flounder and croaker to the offshore big boys that haunt your dreams and will test your metal. But most importantly, the boat is loaded with good times." To make the most of the day, make sure to bring the essentials: Polarized Sunglasses, Hat, Weather-Appropriate Clothing, Sunscreen, and a Camera! Don't forget your Fishing License either—you can't get on the water without one. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Manteo

Offshore Fishing Trip

28 ft 1 - 4 People $$$
Fishing in Sealevel
Fishing in Sealevel
Fishing in Sealevel
trip description for Nearshore Bluefin Special in Sealevel

North Carolina is one of the only places in the US where it's possible to catch Bluefin Tuna this close to shore! In certain seasons, these huge pelagic fish migrate north, and pass close to the beaches of the Outer Banks and barrier islands, giving fisherman an unmatched opportunity to hook these incredible fish without going hours offshore. Captain Justin is an experienced fisherman and a terrific guide who knows exactly how to put you on the fish and help you hook one. He'll come prepared with all the necessary gear, including top-quality rods and reels, trolling equipment, and most importantly, plenty of expertise for tackling these massive fish, which can weigh in at around 500 pounds, although 300-pounders are more common. Unsurprisingly, Bluefin are incredible fighters that can really wear you out, so bring your strength and stamina for this trip! On the day of the trip, you'll go aboard Captain Justin's 27' ProLine center console—a perfect boat for finding, chasing, and landing big Bluefin. It's equipped with twin 250-HP Susuki engines, so you'll spend less time cruising and more time fishing. You'll be set up with everything you need—but when the rod is in your hands, it's just you versus the fish! To make the most of the day, make sure to bring the essentials: Polarized Sunglasses, Hat, Weather-Appropriate Clothing, Sunscreen, and a Camera! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Sealevel

Nearshore Bluefin Special

27 ft 1 - 6 People $$
Fishing in Hampton Bays
Fishing in Hampton Bays
Fishing in Hampton Bays
trip description for Overnight Northeast Canyons in Hampton Bays

Captain Peter specializes in fishing the Northeast Canyons, from 75 To 100 Miles out!! The Northeast Canyons off the coast of Montauk, NY, are one of America's most unique and productive fisheries. Thousands of years ago, when sea levels where far lower than they are today, rivers cut deep channels into the continental shelf, forming steep-walled canyons. Today, these canyons provide an unrivalled opportunity for adventurous saltwater fishermen to catch huge sportfish, including Swordfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Bluefin Tuna, Mako Sharks, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and more! If you've never had the chance to experience this incredible environment, this trip has your name on it! Captain Peter has been successfully fishing this area for over forty years, and there's no better big-game captain out there. On this trip, you'll put several different techniques to work, using different types of trolling to hook different species. Every single one of the fish out here are the real deal: hard-fighting, tough, and lightning fast! Some, especially Swordfish, marlin, and Sharks, can even be dangerous once they're on deck. These trips are completely customizable as well. Whether you want to fish Hudson Canyon, The Dip, The 100-Square, or even Block Canyon. Captain Peter is a master of them all. Captain Peter will game plan with you before departing to go over which locations have the hotest bites for specific species so you can make an informed decision on where'd you'd like to fish! You'll get out there aboard Captain Peter's 40' Topaz sportfisher—an ideal boat for these waters. She's a fishing machine, and has a comfortable cabin to ensure that your trip is as relaxing as it is fun. She also comes equipped with a generator, a galley with a refrigerator, a microwave, and more. Get out there and have a blast! Captain Peter will provide everything you need for a terrific trip, including all the rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you should bring is proper clothing, a hat, sun protection, a cooler with snacks and drinks, and a good attitude. In the case of extreme fuel prices, this trip may require an additional fuel surcharge. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Hampton Bays

Overnight Northeast Canyons

40 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Everything to Know About Booking a bluefin tuna fishing charter

What are the best bluefin tuna fishing charters?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 49 bluefin tuna trips, and the most popular trips are Half Day Offshore guided by Gabriels, Montauk Point Sportfishing guided by Pete, and Big Fish Luxury Charter guided by Bentley.

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All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

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What types of bluefin tuna fishing charters are common?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for bluefin tuna as well as nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most common fishing techniques are trolling, heavy tackle fishing, and light tackle fishing but bottom fishing and live bait fishing are popular as well.

How much do bluefin tuna fishing charters cost?

for bluefin tuna prices can range anywhere from an affordable $550 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day trip for bluefin tuna is $929. The average price for a full day trip for bluefin tuna is $2,436.

What month is best for bluefin tuna fishing?

The most popular season for bluefin tuna fishing is summer, and most anglers book their trips 34 days in advance.

Do I need a fishing license for bluefin tuna and what are the bag limits for bluefin tuna?

See here for more information on bluefin tuna fishing licenses, bluefin tuna bag limits, and fishing season regulations for bluefin tuna. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right bluefin tuna rules and regulations.

What is a Bluefin Tuna?

Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) are the largest of the tunas. They are torpedo-shaped, strong and fast swimmers, and are dark blue, fading to silver on their bellies. Being such a popular fish for both sport and food, they have acquired many nicknames such as bluefin tunny and squid hound.

There are three species of bluefin, the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern. All are tremendous predators and have the sharpest vision of any bony fish. Though they are fierce hunters, they can also be victims to killer whales, sharks, and parasites, as well as overfishing, leading to extinction and trading bans in certain countries and seas.

How big do Bluefin Tuna get?

The average bluefin lives for about 15 years, growing to an average of 78 inches long, and around 500 pounds. However, they can grow up to 180 inches long and almost 1,500 pounds, over a period of up to 50 years. These measurements rival black and blue marlin, as well as swordfish.

What's the biggest Bluefin Tuna ever caught?

On October 26th, 1979, Ken Fraser caught the record 1,496 pound bluefin tuna, as recognized by the International Game Fish Association. He spent just 45 minutes bringing the tuna to gaff after it latched on to a trolled mackerel in Aulds Cove off Nova Scotia, Canada.

Where is the best place to catch Bluefin Tuna?

Bluefin tuna can be found spread through the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and it’s adjacent seas, with a high concentration in the North Atlantic. Some excellent places to catch these incredible sportfish are in Massachusetts and California. Typically, they will be within 500 to 1,000 meters deep in these areas.

When should I catch Bluefin Tuna?

Due to their wide distribution, and the fact that they are highly migratory, it is difficult to lock down the best season for bluefin tuna fishing worldwide, but it is necessary rather to look at peak season in the area you would like to fish. Florida, for example, peaks from May to September. In California it is recommended to go in July to August, and in Texas autumn, winter, and spring are the best.

How do you catch Bluefin Tuna?

The best way to catch bluefin is to troll natural bait like herring, mullet, mackerel, bonito, or squid. You can also use artificial bait, such as plugs, jigs, or feathers. Flies and poppers can also be used, especially by chumming to bring them closer to the surface.

Due to their great fight and muscular nature, it is recommended to use heavy tackle, and a sturdy fishing belt, as well as a fairly stiff rod that can handle the impact of this brute of a fish smoking it and running.

Are Bluefin Tuna good to eat? What are the best Bluefin Tuna recipes?

Bluefin is appreciated worldwide as an excellent food fish, selling on the Japanese market for up to $45,000 for a single fish, due to it’s popularity in sushi and sashimi. If eating tuna raw does not interest you, try a seared or baked tuna steak!

Just add some light oil and seasoning, and then sear on a frying pan, or bake in the oven. Then serve with a salad with vinaigrette dressing, roasted lemon potatoes, or baked sweet potatoes!

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