Wintertime Tuna Fishing off Venice, Louisiana

Yellowfin tuna are a main attraction at Venice Marina. And the biggest fish don’t always get caught at the rigs. Courtesy Relentless Sportfishing The most reliable place on the planet to catch yellowfin and blackfin tunas is offshore Venice, Louisiana. Venice is located advantageously at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi River. And as fall […]

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Right Whale, Wrong Tack

The right whale named “Snow Cone” and calf sighted off Fernandina Beach, Florida in 2022. Snow Cone has been entangled in rope since March 2021. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01 If you know me, you likely know that in addition to owning a charter fishing business, I’ve dedicated a […]

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Fish Facts: Pacific Tuna with a Long Tail

A lovely longtail tuna admired by the late Capt. Greg Bethune, who helped pioneer sport fishing around Australia’s Cape York peninsula. The fish’s elongate caudal peduncle provides a nice handhold just in front of the tail. Doug Olander I caught my first northern bluefin tuna 20-some years ago, off northernmost Australia’s Cape York peninsula. Only […]

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40-Year-Old Albacore Record Broken

Matthew Florio with the New Jersey record longfin albacore tuna. Courtesy New Jersey Fish & Wildlife Matthew Florio now officially holds the New Jersey record for longfin albacore tuna. The commercial fisherman was fishing the Hudson Canyon Oct. 22 when he boated a 78-pound, 2.4-ounce fish. The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Fish and Wildlife […]

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Late Season Fishing In New England

Haddock are primarily bottom feeders, and are best targeted with clams or clam bellies on a high-low rig. The last two months of the saltwater season have a drastically different feel, depending on whether you are fishing north or south of Cape Cod. However, one thing remains the same—there’s plenty of great fishing left for […]

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Looking Ahead: November Fishing In Long Island

Rockfish Charters gets up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Close to Metro New York and along the South Shore, November is often a banner month, especially for blackfish, bluefish, and striped bass. Peanut bunker have been prevalent and anglers look forward to finding stripers in the Rockaways, and […]

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Big Fights From Springtime Back Bay Bluefish

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Biggest Bluefin Ever Caught in the UK

A Welsh charter captain and two anglers drifting for sharks on Oct. 9 caught and released what is thought to be the largest tuna ever captured in the United Kingdom, a 111-inch bluefin estimated to weigh more than 900 pounds. Anglers Simon Batey and Jason Nott teamed up to bring the massive bluefin to the […]

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Maryland Longfin Tuna Record Smashed

Thomas “Tad” Bodmer landed the new Maryland state record longfin albacore after an intense fight. David L. Messick It takes only a few minutes to flip a day on the water from uneventful to unforgettable, as angler Thomas “Tad” Bodmer learned Sept. 20, when he hooked a 77-pound albacore (also known as longfin, Thunnus alalunga) […]

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110 inches Aboard the Keeper

The bluefin measured 110 inches on the nose. After dressing, it weighed 513 pounds. Vicki Staveacre It was a true Marblehead fishing expedition as Capt. Scott Edwards took off from the Boston Yacht Club with crew members Dan Drabkin and Gavin Dowley on August 10. Edwards wanted to get an early start as it was […]

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Big Time

Offshore fishing tournaments are not for the faint of heart—or tight of purse strings. While big money tournaments, like the Atlantic City Quest for the Ring, promise more than $1,000,000 in payouts, a crew entering the tournament and participating in all the calcuttas is in for nearly $30,000 before even fueling up the boat. With […]

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240-Pound Yellowfin Landed Despite Broken Hook

All hands were needed to boat the 238.2 pound tuna, taking turns on the rod. Capt. Nick Campos June 22 was a banner day for Capt. Nick Campos aboard his 39-foot Contender, the C-Daddy, fishing the northern Gulf of Mexico out of Venice, Louisiana. The trip would start with snapper, and wrapped with a hefty […]

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