Tuna Tail Charters is located in Rockport and offers to show you a memorable time in these waters. Their senior captain has been fishing for over 50 years off the coast of Gloucester and Florida, boasting an impressive catch list.

Capt. John aims to tailor every trip to your specific needs, so let him know what you’re after! Depending on the trip and species, you’ll be using techniques like bottom fishing, trolling, drift fishing, jigging, kite fishing, and popping. You’re looking at 5 to 12-hour trips, where you’ll usually go after the likes of Haddock, Pollock, Cod, Shark, Bluefish, and Bass, depending on the weather and time of year.

Your adventure begins on board a 35’ custom Duffy boat that can fit a maximum of 6 anglers. Not only is it, designed for speed but it’s a very comfortable ride to boot. The boat is fitted with a toilet, AC, and ice box, as well as lots of deck space to move around with no crowding.

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.

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 business, so bring your loved ones to share these memories with.

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



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Bass and Bluefish
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $725
    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. Inshore bass and bluefish -target
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Inshore Bass/Bluefish
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $1,075
    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.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Cod and Haddock
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Wed)
    $1,449
    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.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Giant Bluefin Tuna
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Wed)
    $1,449
    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.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Tuna and Whale Watch
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $1,449
    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.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip–Haddock/Tuna Adventure
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $1,449
    Great to experience two fun fishing methods and catch two great types of fish. The haddock is a bottom fish that is absolutely delicious and a lot of fun to catch. What else you might catch? Bluefin 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 than Haddock to take home and fighting a Bluefin or maybe a giant Shark, always fun.
  • Private trip
    All Day 12 Hour Marathon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $1,750
    Unique 12-hour trips for Bluefin Tuna, Haddock, Cod, or a combo trip. We strive to accommodate our guests the best we can. Available as of August 1st only for Tuna fishing adventures. Contact us if you have any requests.
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About the Captain

John Demarco
Rockport, Massachusetts, United States
10 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
12 Customer reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since January 2017
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.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Bluefish Bluefish
Cod Cod
Haddock Haddock

Boat specs

Custom Duffy (Downeast) originally built in 2007. Powered by a 420HP caterpiller engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Stellwagon bank, Jefferies Ledge
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
Popping
Great for Bass, Bluefish, and Tuna
Drift Fishing
For catching Tuna, Bass, and bottom fish
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
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
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Arrangements can be made
First Mate
Customary tip 15-20%
Fishing License
We provide the saltwater license

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

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

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

Recent Fishing Reports

Early Fall is Here   Fishing  is  GREAT
Early Fall is Here Fishing is GREAT
September 1, 2022
Another week or so has gone by and the fishing has gotten even better. Went up after bass and the catch was excellent, plenty of keepers and just short fish. The bass are fatting up thinking of a long swim south. Decided to try for some blues. Nothing fights harder or longer than a bluefish. We had super success- 24+ pound blue another 21+pound giants. WHAT FIGHTERS. Slipped a little off shore and caught plenty of large haddock and filled our cod limit. You can,t ask for better fishing. Our friends from Utah experiencing there first east coast fishing trip had a ball catching Blue shark ,stripe bass, bluefish, haddock, cod, redfish, pollock, mackerel, whiting, cusk, and a football. Doesn,t get any better- thank you folks.
Happy Fishing Guests
Happy Fishing Guests
August 20, 2022
The fishing has been excellent- stripe bass have been very active with a few jumbos thrown in. Just think the fall run is around the corner and the giant cow bass will be here. Ground fish also has been great . We had three anglers fishing a short day -ended with a great number of large haddock to take home. ATTENTION -SEPT 1 COD are in season --- LARGER HADDOCK limits make your reservations soon Giant Blue fish were caught the other day weights in the 20lb class. nothing fights harder than and angry bluefish. Runs jumps never gives up!!!! Looking forward to a great fall season.

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 12 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Jeremy B.
Provo, Utah
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5.0 / 5
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3 Days with Captain John and Tom

VERIFIED   NEW  All Day 12 Hour Marathon Trip on September 1, 2022
My two sons and I spent 3 amazing days fishing with Captain John and Tom! Their knowledge and experience was fantastic. It...
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Will T.
Gloucester, MA
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Bachelor party with 6 guys and captain John and Tom

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Bass and Bluefish on August 27, 2022
These guys are AWESOME. They were super friendly and super professional. Perfect size boat not too big not too small. They...
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Wayne C.
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12 hour marathon

VERIFIED   All Day 12 Hour Marathon Trip on July 24, 2022
Thank you capt jhon and tom from all my family friends you put us on fish and I got to see my guys laughing and generally all...
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Sarah C.
Kingston, NY
Excellent
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Capt John and Mate Tom

VERIFIED   9 Hour Trip – Tuna and Whale Watch on August 28, 2022
This was our first time deep sea fishing. It was the best experience I could’ve hoped for. Both Capt John and Mate Tom we’re...
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Michael G.
Townsend, MA
Excellent
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Full day bass fishing trip with captain jhon

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Inshore Bass/Bluefish on July 10, 2022
Had a great time 👍  the bait fish weren’t around in their usual numbers ,but what little bait we did catch captain Jhon...
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FAQs about Tuna Tail Charters

Tuna Tail Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $725 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Bass and Bluefish (5 hours)
  • $1,075 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Inshore Bass/Bluefish (8 hours)
  • $1,449 per group - 9 Hour Trip – Cod and Haddock (9 hours)
  • $1,449 per group - 9 Hour Trip – Giant Bluefin Tuna (9 hours)
  • $1,449 per group - 9 Hour Trip – Tuna and Whale Watch (9 hours)
  • $1,449 per group - 9 Hour Trip–Haddock/Tuna Adventure (9 hours)
  • $1,750 per group - All Day 12 Hour Marathon Trip (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Tuna Tail Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Arrangements can be made)
  • First Mate (Customary tip 15-20%)
  • Fishing License (We provide the saltwater license)

Tuna Tail Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Stellwagon bank, Jefferies Ledge)
  • 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
  • Popping (Great for Bass, Bluefish, and Tuna)
  • Drift Fishing (For catching Tuna, Bass, and bottom fish)
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

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