Cape Cod Bluefin Tuna Fishing Charters

Cape Cod Bluefin Tuna Fishing Charters

Top Cape Cod Bluefin Tuna Fishing Destinations

Best Bluefin Tuna Fishing Charters in Cape Cod

Cape Cod: 44 fishing charters available

Specialty Charters Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(6 reviews)
Wellfleet
 Instant Confirmation

Blue Bandit Charters – Harwich

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(17 reviews)
Harwich
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trips from $625

Cape Cod Fishing Adventures

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(42 reviews)
Mashpee
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trips from $550

Cuz Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(58 reviews)
Plymouth
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trips from $750

Bluefin Tuna Fishing in Cape Cod

Bluefin Tuna
  • Size 200 to 600lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

(Thunnus thynnus / orientalis / maccoyii)

Bluefin Tuna are the most important game fish in Cape Cod. People have been Tuna fishing in Cape Cod for centuries and local guides bring generations of experience to every bluewater battle. What makes the Cape Cod Bluefin action special is that many of the best fishing grounds are within reach from shore. Huge Schools of 100 lb Tuna chase Herring and Squid into the sheltered waters of the cape every summer. This gives you four water-boiling months of big Bluefin action in what is already one of the most popular vacation spots in the Northeast. 

Fishing Seasons

The Bluefin Tuna season kicks off in late June with the Hyannis Tuna Fest. This is one of the most important events of the summer, with over $100,000 in prizes and some serious competition. Don’t think it’s all over in July though! As the summer goes on and the waters get warmer, the fishing just gets better and better. Cape Cod Tuna fishing doesn’t peak until early fall, and you can still find big fish into October.

Fishing Spots

Cape Cod’s most famous big game battlefield is Stellwagen Bank. Found just north of the cape, this is the traditional summer home of charter boats and huge fish. The area is an easy cruise from Provincetown and Truro and is well within reach of towns further up the cape. Stellwagen Bank is also just over an hour from Boston, which can make fishing pressure high in the busy summer season.
 
As summer draws on, the sheltered waters of the Massachusetts Bay start to get too warm for Bluefin. The fish head out east and south to more distant fishing grounds, which get seriously good as you go into fall. Spots like Crab Ledge and Regal Sword see some of the biggest action of the season in September, with huge pelagic Sharks joining in on the feeding frenzy.

Fishing Techniques

The two main ways to target Bluefin are trolling and jigging. Most captains will use dressed baits on spreader bars to maximize your chances of finding fish, but trolling individual, live mackerel can also get you on great catches when the bite’s hot. If you don’t fancy trolling, or if the fish are too deep to notice, you can always crack out the jigs. Soft plastics like RonZ lures work like a charm on the surface, and all-metal jigs can be just as effective for vertical jigging. Either way, you’ll need a heavy braided leader and plenty of drag if you want a chance of bringing them in.

Need to Know

As of January 2018, you can only keep one Bluefin per vessel, and it’s worth noting that fish measuring over 7 feet will be kept by the boat.

Cape Cod Bluefin Tuna Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Bluefin Tuna fishing in Cape Cod varies moderately throughout the year. High season is August to September. Low season is January to April and November to December. There is no closed season.
Cape Cod
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Bluefin Tuna Fishing in Cape Cod

I am basing on 1 day. Not a ton of action and some boats That went north ran into tough seas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I am basing on 1 day. Not a ton of action and some boats That went north ran into tough seas
Frank  T.
Frank T. Brewster, Massachusetts
Book with Captain Ross, you will not regret it! Worth much more than what we paid
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Ross, you will not regret it! Worth much more than what we paid
Brad  C.
Brad C. E BRIDGEWTR, MA
Was a good experience & they worked with us to try to catch what we wanted to.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Was a good experience & they worked with us to try to catch what we wanted to.
Norman  C.
Norman C. West Springfield, Massachusetts
Bottom fishing is easy and fun! Drift fishing for sea bass or trolling for striped bass are options.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bottom fishing is easy and fun! Drift fishing for sea bass or trolling for striped bass are options.
Gregory  B.
Gregory B. Erie, PA
Although the weather beat us up quite a bit the fishing was worth it! Captain John was very professional and knowledgeable. He put our safety and comfort as priority. The Kate Jim was patient as well as knowledgeable for this first time striper angler. I had a ball fishing with these guys! You will too if you book with the Grey Dolphin Sportsfishing Charter. The marina was easily located and there was ample parking.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Although the weather beat us up quite a bit the fishing was worth it! Captain John was very professional and knowledgeable. He put our safety and comfort as priority. The Kate Jim was patient as well as knowledgeable for this first time striper angler. I had a ball fishing with these guys! You will too if you book with the Grey Dolphin Sportsfishing Charter. The marina was easily located and there was ample parking.
Sherry  P.
Sherry P. Berlin, VT
Have a great time. Capt John and mate Bob were excellent, extremely helpful and fun to be with. The captain worked really hard to make our experience a great time. We loved it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have a great time. Capt John and mate Bob were excellent, extremely helpful and fun to be with. The captain worked really hard to make our experience a great time. We loved it.
Stephen  V.
Stephen V. New Bedford, Massachusetts
Contact Capt. Ross if you want to catch fish! CAPE COD FISHING ADVENTURES Ross D. Goslin Mashpee, Massachusetts
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact Capt. Ross if you want to catch fish! CAPE COD FISHING ADVENTURES Ross D. Goslin Mashpee, Massachusetts
Suzanne  T.
Suzanne T. Bloomfield, Connecticut
To fish Cape waters..........listen to your captain. Enjoy all the Atlantic Ocean has to offer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To fish Cape waters..........listen to your captain. Enjoy all the Atlantic Ocean has to offer.
Craig  B.
Craig B. Fort Myers, Florida
Book with Captain Brian!!!! You will not be disappointed guarantee you will bring home dinner!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Brian!!!! You will not be disappointed guarantee you will bring home dinner!
Stacey  R.
Stacey R. North Providence, Rhode Island
Definite quantities of sea bass and blue fish... Striped bass season is slow in June, best in the spring months of April and May.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definite quantities of sea bass and blue fish... Striped bass season is slow in June, best in the spring months of April and May.
Jared  B.
Jared B. Marlborough, Massachusetts
Go out with experienced captains and mates like Dan and Tom on the salt shaker!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with experienced captains and mates like Dan and Tom on the salt shaker!
Lynne  W.
Lynne W. South Yarmouth, MA
I would recommend fishing in June and July, the fishing is amazing at this time. Went out with the Cape Cod Charter Guys. It was the best charter I could recommend.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend fishing in June and July, the fishing is amazing at this time. Went out with the Cape Cod Charter Guys. It was the best charter I could recommend.
James
James Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

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