Tuna Tail Charters

Tuna Tail Charters is located in Gloucester, providing the best and most successful trips in the area. Senior Captain John DeMarco has been fishing commercially and professionally from Mexico to New England, in and offshore, for over 45 years. His experience in the local waters gives him the ability to know where the fish are.

Capt. John aims to tailor every trip so you have the best fishing adventure. Depending on what we are fishing for, bottom fishing, trolling, drift fishing, jigging, kite fishing, and popping are only a few of the techniques we use.  The goal is for you to have an incredibly successful trip.

Your adventure begins aboard F/V Lobster Tales, a legendary 35’ custom Duffy. It was built in Maine for New England waters. She is very large, so there is no crowding and plenty of deck space. The boat is fully equipped with 2 navigation and fish-finding systems, multiple VHF radios, a raft, a full toilet, bunks, a dinette, iced coolers, AC, and more. Beautifully finished interior, but it is a fish-catching boat.

All rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price so you can focus on what really matters, fishing. Your trip will include all the necessary fishing licenses for the day at no additional cost.

You’ll be able to keep any legal species caught during the trip. There will be a first mate on board to help you with anything you need. Tips for good service are always appreciated.

Up for a family trip? This is a children-friendly and veteran owed, so bring your loved ones to share these memories.

Best of Gloucester Charter Boat 2022!
Awarded the Fishing booker Anglers Choice Award
Member of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

No one works harder to make your trip the most exciting and memorable adventure.  We do everything possible to achieve these goal.
The boat is cleaned and sanitized after each trip, a definite plus today.
THE CREW HAVE ONE GOAL YOUR SATISFACTION

Book your trip now and hit the water with Tuna Tail Charters



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    POP-UP FISHING FAMILY ADVENTURE
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 25 - Sep 1 (Tue, Fri, Sat)
    US $379
    This is a exciting trip around Gloucester inner and outer areas for bass and blues mackerel and what ever. great trip to take the family on a exciting fishing trip. This is a family and youngster friendly trip or just a couple. Kids love the excitement of fishing off a boat. The crew has more fun than the guests!!! Equipment and license included Trips are available only in the afternoons late June thru August. 3 ??? hours of fun. NOVICE TO EXPERT A GREAT TIME Contact Fish booker for availability.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Striped)
    Striped Bass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Pollock
    Pollock
    Mackerel (Atlantic)
    Atlantic Mackerel
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Striped Bass and Blue
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US $749
    Be ready for the greatest trip out of Gloucester. Your safety is our main concern. We keep in contact with all our guests constantly, especially on the days before your trip. Please note that we strive to provide flexible services catered to your preferences. Departure times can be flexible. All the equipment is supplied for this trip. We suggest you should bring the following: food, beverage, sneakers, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm clothes, and non-marring soft rubber shoes. Inshore bass and bluefish.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Popping
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Striped)
    Striped Bass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Mackerel (Atlantic)
    Atlantic Mackerel
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Cod/Haddock Challenge
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US $789
    Be ready for the greatest trip out of Gloucester. Your safety is our main concern. We keep in contact with all our guests constantly, especially on the days before your trip. Please note that we strive to provide flexible services catered to your preferences. Departure times can be flexible. All the equipment is supplied for this trip. We suggest you should bring the following: food, beverage, snakes, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm clothes. and nonmarring soft rubber shoes.
    Types of fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Jigging
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Cod
    Cod
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Halibut
    Halibut
    Haddock
    Haddock
    Whiting
    Whiting
    Mackerel (Atlantic)
    Atlantic Mackerel
    Squid
    Squid
  • Private trip
    8 Hr Trip – Bass/Bluefish Challenge
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US $1,099
    We go to where the fish are , not limited to the harbor. Your success is our biggest reward. Be ready for the greatest trip out of Gloucester. Your safety is our main concern. We keep in contact with all our guests constantly, especially on the days before your trip... All the equipment is supplied for this trip. We suggest you should bring the following: food, beverage, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm clothes, and non-marring soft rubber shoes. DEPARTURE time can be flexible Best of Gloucester 23
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Striped)
    Striped Bass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Giant Bluefin Tuna
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US $1,479
    Be ready for the greatest trip out of Gloucester. Your safety is our main concern. We keep in contact with all our guests constantly, especially on the days before your trip. Please note that we strive to provide flexible services catered to your preferences. Departure times can be flexible. All the equipment is supplied for this trip. We suggest you should bring the following: food, beverage, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm clothes, and nonmarring soft rubber shoes. Ready for the time! of your life!!
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Tuna (Bluefin)
    Bluefin Tuna
    Shark (Porbeagle)
    Porbeagle Shark
    Shark (Blue)
    Blue Shark
    Shark (Thresher)
    Thresher Shark
    Mackerel (Atlantic)
    Atlantic Mackerel
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip–Tuna Adventure
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 15
    US $1,479
    fBluefin Tuna, the largest fish in the area. Tough, strong, and fast, a fight could last 2hrs plus, but what a catch. Remember, we share the catch with you-see capt. for details. Nothing better fighting a Bluefin or maybe a giant Shark, always fun. You will experience what real tuna fishing is like. Catching the bait, set up the pattern, watch the sonar and every other task involved. The wait,the chumming , the anticipation the hook up,, the fight, excitement , harpooning, and finally the tail rope
    Types of fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Heavy Tackle
    Targeted fish
    Tuna (Bluefin)
    Bluefin Tuna
    Shark (Porbeagle)
    Porbeagle Shark
    Shark (Thresher)
    Thresher Shark
    Mackerel (Atlantic)
    Atlantic Mackerel
  • Private trip
    9 Hr Trip – Haddock/Cod Expedition
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US $1,479
    Unique day trip fishing some of the offshore wrecks and ledges off the Gloucester Coast. A lot of fun because some days you never know what's on the end of the line. Haddock, Cod, Whiting, Pollock, Redfish, Mackerel, Bass, Flounder? Great trip to catch a load of delicious fillets! Some of the best ground fishing spots are out of Gloucester with Tuna Tail Charters!
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Jigging
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Cod
    Cod
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Haddock
    Haddock
    Sculpin
    Sculpin
    Whiting
    Whiting
    Mackerel (Atlantic)
    Atlantic Mackerel
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – All Day Marathon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US $1,779
    Unique 12-hour trips for Bluefin Tuna, Haddock, Cod, or a combo trip. We strive to accommodate our guests the best we can. . Contact us if you have any requests. This trip is 12 hours of dedicated fishing for the specie of your choice. The most exciting of trips. We provide the license at no added cost, and all the gear needed. Ready yourself for a DAY of fun fishing
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Tuna (Bluefin)
    Bluefin Tuna
    Bass (Striped)
    Striped Bass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Shark (Porbeagle)
    Porbeagle Shark
    Shark (Blue)
    Blue Shark
    Shark (Mako)
    Mako Shark
    Shark (Thresher)
    Thresher Shark
    Haddock
    Haddock
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FAQs about Tuna Tail Charters

Tuna Tail Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $379 per group - POP-UP FISHING FAMILY ADVENTURE (3 hours)
  • US $749 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Striped Bass and Blue (5 hours)
  • US $789 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Cod/Haddock Challenge (5 hours)
  • US $1,099 per group - 8 Hr Trip – Bass/Bluefish Challenge (8 hours)
  • US $1,479 per group - 9 Hour Trip – Giant Bluefin Tuna (9 hours)
  • US $1,479 per group - 9 Hour Trip–Tuna Adventure (9 hours)
  • US $1,479 per group - 9 Hr Trip – Haddock/Cod Expedition (9 hours)
  • US $1,779 per group - 12 Hour Trip – All Day Marathon (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Tuna Tail Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Fully enclosed large area with plenty room to move . Easy access and plenty of natural light.
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS 1 Raymarine E120 & Garmin 1242evs 12" screen
  • Fishfinder Raymarine e120 & Garmin chirp 1242evs
  • Bed 2 V births forward
  • Live Bait Well Insulated 40 gallon tank
  • Kitchen We have a built-in microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Ice Box Large capacity coolers carrying 200+ lb of ice
  • Radar 48 mile raymarine 12" screen

Trips booked with Tuna Tail Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Top quality custom gear)
  • Live Bait (guest help catching the bait all kinds of fun)
  • Lures (full selection on board)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Arrangements can be made)
  • First Mate (Customary tip 15-20%)
  • Fishing License (required - trip license provided-no added cost)

Tuna Tail Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing ( rocky coast of Cape Ann)
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Stellwagon bank, Jefferies Ledge, Tillies)
  • Wreck Fishing (Fishing for Haddock, Tuna, Sharks)

Tuna Tail Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Quality tackle balanced for success)
  • Heavy Tackle (All custom rods – Penn and Shimano reels)
  • Bottom Fishing (Our favorite fish, delicious Haddock)
  • Trolling (Custom-designed rods, squid bars, lures, live bait)
  • Spinning (Casting to Striped Bass and Bluefish)
  • Jigging (fishing for haddock, cod,bass and blues)
  • Popping (Great for Bass, Bluefish, and Tuna)
  • Fly Fishing (Special arrangement are welcome)
  • Drift Fishing (For catching Tuna, Bass, and bottom fish)
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing ( fishing wrecks and structure)

Top targeted fish species with Tuna Tail Charters include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Cod
  • Cod (Blue)
  • Haddock
  • Mackerel (Atlantic)
  • Shark (Blue)
  • Shark (Mako)
  • Shark (Porbeagle)
  • Shark (Thresher)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)

Meet the Captain

John Demarco
Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
27 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
35 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2017
Angler's Choice
The Angler's Choice Award is given to listings that consistently deliver a high-quality service and earn great reviews from customers.
I grew up in a family that worked on the water. I loved it, watching ships built, christened, and off-loading. Fishing was a natural end. I started at 3-4ish trying to catch whatever, graduating to Flounder, Bass, Trout, Pickerel, Strippers, Cod, Bluefin Tuna, Mahi, Sails, Marlin, etc. All types of fishing bring great joy to me and helping others enjoy is a big part of the fun of fishing.
Our Team
John D.
Captain

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Cod Cod
Cod (Blue) Blue Cod

Boat specs

Custom Duffy (Downeast) originally built in 2007. Powered by a 420HP Caterpillar engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
rocky coast of Cape Ann
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Stellwagon bank, Jefferies Ledge, Tillies
Wreck Fishing
Fishing for Haddock, Tuna, Sharks

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Quality tackle balanced for success
Heavy Tackle
All custom rods – Penn and Shimano reels
Bottom Fishing
Our favorite fish, delicious Haddock
Trolling
Custom-designed rods, squid bars, lures, live bait
Spinning
Casting to Striped Bass and Bluefish
Jigging
fishing for haddock, cod,bass and blues
Popping
Great for Bass, Bluefish, and Tuna
Fly Fishing
Special arrangement are welcome
Drift Fishing
For catching Tuna, Bass, and bottom fish
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing
fishing wrecks and structure

Amenities

Toilet
Fully enclosed large area with plenty room to move . Easy access and plenty of natural light.
Air Conditioning
GPS
1 Raymarine E120 & Garmin 1242evs 12" screen
Fishfinder
Raymarine e120 & Garmin chirp 1242evs
Bed
2 V births forward
Live Bait Well
Insulated 40 gallon tank

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Top quality custom gear
Live Bait
guest help catching the bait all kinds of fun
Lures
full selection on board
Catch cleaning & filleting
Arrangements can be made
First Mate
Customary tip 15-20%
Fishing License
required - trip license provided-no added cost

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Very young children not recommended
No Smoking
OK on weather decks, not in the cabin
No Alcohol
No hard liquor, beer and wine only
You Keep Catch
Except for giant Bluefin Tuna, where regs apply
Catch and Release Allowed
encouraged, take what you need

Payment

Book with 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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

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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 35 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with captain John and George
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Angler rating
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Caught fish
93%
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Garrett A.
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5.0 / 5
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Fishing trip in August

VERIFIED   9 Hour Trip – Giant Bluefin Tuna on August 27, 2023
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Corey F.
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Fishing trip in August

VERIFIED   9 Hour Trip – Giant Bluefin Tuna on August 12, 2023
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Thomas M.
Chicopee, MA
Excellent
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Half day haddock trip.

VERIFIED   9 Hr Trip – Haddock/Cod Expedition on August 1, 2023
Captain John and his mate George were absolutely amazing!  Three people on the boat never ocean fished before and both of...
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Francis D.
Excellent
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Fishing with John

VERIFIED   8 Hr Trip – Bass/Bluefish Challenge on July 29, 2023
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Andrew K.
Waltham, MA
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Great Tuna Fishing Experience

VERIFIED   9 Hour Trip–Tuna Adventure on July 27, 2023
Just a top notch fishing experience. Before the trip even started John reached out about some small questions about...
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