Special J Charters

If you’re itching to get your trophy fish, you’re probably looking for a Bluefin Tuna. Special J Charters understands that completely and will take you fishing for that most prestigious pelagic predator, allowing you to finally tick that off your bucket list!

You’ll fish from an impressive 36’ Downeast, custom-built by Jim Beal Crowley. She’s powered by a monster 450 HP Cummins engine, allowing you to speed across the water to the fishing grounds. She can hold up to 2 anglers in proper comfort, so bring your best fishing friend on this offshore adventure. The boat is properly outfitted for a serious multi-day fishing trip, there are bunk beds, a microwave, a grill, and a full-head toilet.

Captain John Shusta will be your guide on this reel-screaming adventure. This charter is all about the Bluefin Tuna, there are no other main targets (though you may run into a variety of species on your way). The boat crew keeps the catch – customers get a 10% cut from the sale of the fish, as well as the privilege to get to keep the tail as a trophy. You will fish with live bait only, for which a live well is available on board.

Children are not allowed on this trip for safety concerns. Customers can find free parking near the marina. Clients are advised to bring rain gear, adequate clothing, polarized sunglasses, and a waterproof camera to take pictures of their epic catch!



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  • Private trip
    2 Day Marathon Trip - Tuna
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    2 trip days, starts at 8:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jul - 31 Oct
    $600
    up to 2 persons / day
    This 2-day trip is for avid anglers who know exactly what they want – the prestigious Bluefin Tuna. These trips run up to 36 hours of fishing or until you get the total limit for the boat. All required equipment is provided by the captain. Total trip price is $1,200.
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About the Captain

John Shusta
South Portland, Maine, United States
4 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2018
Captain John Shusta has been fishing for the better part of the last two and a half decades. He's originally from Jersey but moved to Maine in 1997. When asked what's best about his job, Capt. John replied that the pure rush of adrenaline you feel as the reel screams and you hooked up and the game is on. Join him to share in his extreme enthusiasm for excellent offshore sport fishing experience.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)

Boat Specs

Jim Beal Crowley (Downeast) originally built in 2003. Powered by a 450HP Cummins 450C engine.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
First Mate
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Crew Keeps Catch

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash

Customer Reviews

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5.00
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
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Christian T.
Danville, Kentucky
 5.00
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Captain John has always put me on the fish. I taken charters with him for over 14 years and he has always put us on the fish....
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Michael W.
Watertown, Massachusetts
 5.00
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Marathon Tuna Fishing Trips!!!

October 1, 2017
This trip is the real thing! Captain John is a great captain and made my trip very pleasurable. He also put me on the biggest...
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Warwick, Massachusetts
 5.00
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2 day trip

August 26, 2017
first light hooked up on a monster blue fin 5 hour fight
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Salem, New Hampshire
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September fishing trip

September 3, 2016
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