Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters offers professional, private sport fishing charters for anglers of all abilities and all ages. Join Captain Gary Cannell to discover Gloucester fishing at its finest. With over 40 years of fishing experience, he ought to know what he’s doing.

Don’t let the name mislead you – though Tuna Hunter excels in going after giant Bluefin Tuna, they’re superb in every aspect of deep sea fishing. They don’t shy away from inshore fishing either, so Capt. Gary will guide you through Striped Bass fishing in the surrounding Cape Ann waters if that’s what you’d prefer.

However, catching enormous Tuna is your captain’s passion, so if you’re ready to wrestle with the giants, he will show you where and how it’s done. The feat will require a bit of luck, skill, and patience, as getting those bad boys into the boat can take up to a couple of hours. However, the effort will definitely be worth it when you first set your eyes on the monster you just caught.

You may also catch Haddock, Flounder, Bluefish, and even some Sharks. Rods, reels, bait, tackle as well as instruction (as needed or requested) are provided, you just need to come aboard and get ready to fish.

These angling escapades wouldn’t be possible without a trusty boat like Capt. Gary’s 36’ Runaway. She is outfitted with two 240 HP Volvo engines and can take you out steadily and comfortably. The vessel will take up to 6 anglers for a day of amazing angling experiences.

Corporate, family and group outings are Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters specialty, so invite whoever you think would be the best company for your fishing expedition and come aboard!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Offshore Marathon
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    12 hour trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,650
    up to 6 persons
    This is the marathon version of Bluefin Tuna and Shark trip put together, or Cod and Haddock charters. Here's an adventure reserved for the anglers who simply think that 9 hours on the water is not enough.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Cod/Haddock
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    9 hour trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,400
    up to 6 persons
    Get the gang together for a gorgeous day of fishing in Gloucester and catch food for the whole family, as Haddock and Cod make a great table fare. There is also the chance of catching giant Tuna or Sharks, as those species frequent many of captain's favorite bottom-fishing spots. Whale watching is another side benefit that you don't want to miss out on.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Giant Bluefin Tuna
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    9 hour trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 10 Nov
    $1,400
    up to 6 persons
    Giant Bluefin Tuna fishing is like big game hunting — it requires careful selection of the right fishing spot and selection of the right bait and presentation for the day’s light all are part of the hunt for a hungry, mighty Giant Bluefin. Captain Gary has been fishing these bad boys since the seventies, so he knows where they hide and how to get them.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Sharks
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    9 hour trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,400
    up to 6 persons
    Mako sharks, Porbeagles, and Blue Sharks, can all be reeled in on live bait, jigs, or by kite fishing. Join Capt. Gary and discover why excitement of hooking a big shark and fighting it to the boat is unforgettable.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip—Striped Bass/Bluefish
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,025
    up to 6 persons
    Join Captain Gary for 8 hours of chasing after Striped Bass and Bluefish in the inshore waters. You will be on the fish in no time and then it's time to reel in your next personal record.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $650
    up to 6 persons
    This half-day trip is popular for Striped Bass and Bluefish fishing. Striped Bass is plentiful in these waters, and easy to catch for new anglers. These inshore charters offer light tackle fishing action in close to the rocks and island shores of Cape Ann.
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About the Captain

Gary Cannell
Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
12 Reports
ID & License verified
4 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since November 2014
Captain Gary Cannell has been fishing for 40 years, and for all that time, going after giant Bluefin Tuna is his passion. His biggest catch is a 1030 lb Bluefin Tuna, which just happened to set a new state record in New Jersey. Capt. Gary's guarantee is he will try very hard to put you on the fish and do everything in his power for you to have an amazing time. When not on the water, he spends his time in the woods of Massachusetts.

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Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Bluefish Bluefish
Cod Cod
Flounder Flounder
Haddock Haddock
Mackerel (Atlantic) Mackerel (Atlantic)
Pollock Pollock
Shark (Blue) Shark (Blue)
Shark (Mako) Shark (Mako)
Shark (Porbeagle) Shark (Porbeagle)
Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)

Boat Specs

Runaway (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1984. Powered by 2 240HP Volvo engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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5.00
out of 5 stars from 4 reviews
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Five nice \u201ckeepers\u201d
Half day striped bass trip
Great time in Gloucester, MA
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Steven B.
Middletown, PA
 5.00
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Half day striped bass trip

VERIFIED   August 25, 2018
Gary and Ben did a great job getting to the fish and helping give us the pointers for their locations.
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Norris H.
Toano, VA
 5.00
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Great time in Gloucester, MA

VERIFIED   July 10, 2018
With 3 children and 3 adults we chartered with Tuna Hunter for Haddock fishing. After arriving at location we were quickly...
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Stephanie K.
Milford, Massachusetts
 5.00
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Inshore Fishing

VERIFIED   June 23, 2018
My husband and I took an inshore fishing trip with Tuna Hunter and had a blast!  Easily caught a dozen Striped Bass, too...
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Jimmie C.
United States
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Full day shark trip

VERIFIED   August 17, 2017
Our trip with Captain Gary on the Tuna Hunter was the best fishing trip I’ve ever been on. He and his mate were truly...
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