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FISH the KITE - It's a Helluva Bite! ~ Kite Fishing for Bluefin Tuna

Kite Tuna on Deck
Winslow with bluefin hooked by kite, fought the entire battle himself
What makes bluefin tuna fishing even more exciting? ... KITE FISHING!

In the past few years, half of our hook-ups are from the kite. This works, and it's awesome fun.

Kite fishing allows the captain to dangle a bait right at the surface - this teases the bluefin into rocketing to the surface to snag its prey.

We fly the kite to run the line up and away from the boat - somewhat like a "flying" outrigger.


The hit - as a bluefin clears the surface to grab the bait suspended from the kite - is awesome.

Tthe reel screams .. all hands man their stations to clear lines for the first angler.

Kite fishing makes for many more hookups than other techniques when fishing conditions allow. It's great to be hooked up battling a fish while others troll by!

TUNA HUNTER has kite fishing down to a science - we rotate four different kites and 2 kite rods depending on winds and weather.

Our experienced crew will instruct inexperienced anglers in the use of all tackle, reeling techniques and in tactics necessary to battle your bluefin. You CAN do this!

School and Medium tuna are fought standup on light tackle. TUNA HUNTER has belts, gloves and harnesses to legally assist you as you battle your bluefin.

Our mates will coach and maintain all lines clear, while Capt Gary maneuvers Tuna Hunter for optimal action and efficiency. We do everything in our power to help you boat that fish.

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Launch kite off stern

 The excitement and energy in the air from strike to tail wrap, to boating the fish is awesome!

Bluefin Tuna Kite Fishing Highlights:

° Offshore fishing trip, 15-30+ miles

° Heavy Tackle for Giants, or Light Tackle for School Bluefin

°Kites, Balloons and Speed Jigs used to meet conditions of the day

° Best fishing July through October

° Giant Bluefin tuna fishing may be trolling or chumming, anchored or drifting.

° May encounter Sharks, Cod and Haddock, Whales, or Bluefin Tuna

° May go home with sore arms and shoulders

° Sushi served on the way home, soy, wasabi and ginger provided

Tuna Fishing - Kite Fishing Charter Pricing:

Bluefin - Kite Fishing Charter Options
Full day Bluefin Tuna Fishing Charter (all techniques)
Duration and Departure Price *
9 hours, usually departs 5:00AM $1400 for up to six persons
12 hours, usually departs 5:00AM $1650 for up to six persons

* Prices do not include 15-20% Mate's tip for service provided.

Tuna under 73" may be retained by the charter, according to current NOAA Fisheries size regulations.

Charters who land a giant bluefin tuna are invited on a return Bluefin Tuna trip as our guests.


All Tuna Hunter Charters depart from Cape Ann Marina, slip J6, 75 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA