At Kayman Charters we are always on the fish!
This is a nice looking Fish that was caught on a chuck of herring. This fish was under the boat eating everyone except the one with the hook of over one hour! Live bait was put in front of him as well as many other tricks that we have. Finally we took all the baits out of the water hoping he would go away and let some hungry ones in to the slick. When it seemed like he was gone I put one piece back in the water and he took it out of my hand 30ft behind the boat!
Here is a 500 pound Bluefin Tuna laying on the deck of the Kayman Too. The fish was just winched over the side of the Kayman Too with the block and tackle you see behind the fish. The rope through its gills and mouth provide a secure place to hoist the fish onto the deck. You don’t want that to break!
This muscular client was able to hoist this baby up for a snap shot, this Tuna was not legal to sell but will supply many great steaks for the barbeque. School Tuna can be taken for home consumption when fishing under the right permits. Tuna are a federally regulated fish with strict guidelines. Different boats can have different permits, so the rules are different for each boat.
This Blue-fin Tuna is a much smaller class of Tuna. This class of fish showed up by the thousands and we were catching them on spinning rods! It was a “Run and Gun” fishery. The fish would ambush schools of small bait fish on the surface, when they did we would go full power at the school of fish and cast lures at them. Sometimes it took many casts to find the right one! Good casting and angling skills needed to catch these fish. The ones who knew the tackle and were experienced in it caught the fish!
This is a “School Tuna” meaning it is not legal for sale under the federal law at the time it was caught. This was a trolling fish meaning it was caught on artificial lures that were dragged behind the boat, this method of Tuna fishing is called “Trolling”. Trolling is mostly top water fishing meaning that the lures are skipping along the surface were they can be seen. This can be a very exciting way to fish. The fish will sometimes fly out of the water to ambush one of these lures!
This 125 pound Blue-fin Tuna was also caught trolling, although this client was skipping work that day he insisted his face not be shown on the Kayman Charters web site. His face did light right up as he was sitting on his cooler watching the lures bounce through the waves and a huge explosion hit the far Mackerel lure! This fish was crazy and took Steve, ”oh no I said his name” over an hour to reel it in! Good job Steve, I hope you don’t get caught playing hooky from work!
On a breezy day the Blue-fin Tuna seem to bit aggressively! The waves and the turbulence of the water camouflage the fishing lines and give the lures some different movements. This day water was coming over the side of the Kayman Too but the fish were biting, Another School Tuna for the Barbeque!
A 600 pound Blue-fin Tuna is hauled aboard the F/V Lisa&Jake This Fish was caught when the first bait was put into the water! A live herring was jigged up by one of the clients as the hook was just crimped onto the leader of the Shimano 130. The nice lively Herring was then put back into the water just the way it came out. With one exception, a Tuna hook buried into its back. This was one of those fish that had to be following the boat and was hanging out looking for food. As the bait was lowered into the water this 600 pound Blue-fin Tuna took the bait right out of my hand!
This is the Blue-fin Tuna that almost got away! After waiting hours and hours we finally saw a Tuna on the fish finder! It was a matter of minutes before this fish ate the mackerel that was swimming under the boat. As the line was screaming out I noticed the screws backing off of the roller tip on the rod! Oh Crap! The drag was backed down to relieve the pressure on the tip of the rod, the mate and one of the clients held the rod and managed to get both the small screws tighten in the bumpy seas. With virtually no drag on the fish he was sure to spit the hook. As the loose line was reeled in to our surprise the line came tight! A 400 pound Blue-fin Tuna was the results! Now that is luck!
Staying overnight has its advantages; the dusk bite can be good! This night a school of 70 pound Tuna came crashing through behind the boat eating everything in sight! We only hat three lines out at the time this frenzy began to unfold. It was chaos for a bit but one Tuna was kept for the clients and the others were tagged and released.
The bright colors and the sheen of this fish only do a little justice for how beautiful the Blue-fin Tuna are when they come to the side of the boat. The blues and the gold colored backs along with the bright yellow butter fins on the tail really make this fish one of the prettiest in the sea. This fish was trolled up at day break on a black squid bar.
This is the Kayman Too headed out in the predawn hours on a trolling trip. The stand-up tackle and the larger tackle are ready to be deployed.
This is an interesting photograph! You look at the gentleman with the pink balloon at the end of the rod who has obviously just hooked-up to a Tuna. It looks like the camera was brought out to take a picture with the gentleman on the left who has a Tuna tail wrapped trying to lift it up! Fishing for Blue-fin Tuna can be slow and boring some days but if you are lucky enough to get on a good day like these fellows, wow you will never forget it!
Here is Rich, long time Kayman Charters customer on a Blue-fin Tuna trip. They spent the first 4 hours in the wheel house snoozing until all hell broke loose! “Patience has definitely paid off for us today” states Rich and the gang!
How about catching a Blue-fin Tuna on a Cod fishing rod? Well that’s what these folks wanted to do so we set out to do just that! After drifting and jigging most of the morning moral was getting low an arms were tired. Four fish then suddenly appeared on the fish finder and stayed interested in the jigs. Well, then one grabbed a jig, the battle was on. An hour later this 75 pound Blue-fin Tuna was brought to gaff! Congratulations to the group who did not give up!..patience is the name of the game when it comes to Tuna fishing!
This is Captain Kevin’s Son Jake, He has caught a hand full of Tuna on his dad’s boat and also lost a few! This one almost got away at the boat but was tail wrapped for him for this photo as well as great steaks on the barbeque!
With the choppy seas and overcast day it was only a matter of time before these school sized Blue-fin Tuna turned on. The boat was drifting across a productive area with a kite flown in the air and mackerel baits dangling and skipping across the water, the fish were fighting over it, this was quite a sight to see!
This flat calm August day is not the ideal day for Blue-fin Tuna fishing, according to the books. The group was hanging out catching a few baits and enjoying the day on the water with friends. Then it happened, a school of small sized Blue-fin Tuna came under the boat and all hell broke loose. Double hook-ups galore, these guys landed a slew of these Blue-fin Tuna, they kept one for the grill and tagged and released the rest for another day!
These young men did a terrific job clearing the lines to get into a good battle with this Blue-fin Tuna. The fish were gorging on Herring that were swimming along the edge of the Bank we were fishing on. When the Herring were sent in free swimming it did not take long for this guy to spot it out and devour the meal!
Fernando was amazed of the beautiful colors this Blue-fin Tuna displayed as it did the circles close to the boat. The bright gold and silvers disappear after the fish is succumbed but absolutely a beautiful sight in the water!
Here an angler is in a fight with a giant Blue-fin Tuna. He had been at the rod for 45 minutes now with the fish under control when this photo was taken. The harpoon is resting on the gunwale ready to finish the game!
This long time customer Kevin got in on a good school-Blue-fin Tuna bite. Unfortunately he did not clean the fish before this snapshot!
This 70 pound class Blue-fin Tuna made a group quite happy as it was their second trip out in a month to try to get into some of these fish. The first trip resulted in getting spooled by a giant on the school Tuna stand up rods. This time the right fish bite the right rod and the result was an hour fight on a 50series stand up rod to land this Blue-fin Tuna.
This Thumb nail picture is small but the Blue-fin Tuna weighed in at close to 700 pounds. The Tuna was hooked up at dusk and fought into the night time when it was boated and iced for the market!
Another Giant landed by the crew of the Kayman Too. This Blue-fin Tuna was caught in the middle of the day on a bright sunny Saturday afternoon. The fish was eating “chum” cut up fish mixed in a bucket that is feed to the fish. When the fish are in this feeding mode a piece of the bait that we are using for “chum” has a hook in it. Well this fish fell for the trick!
Choppy days are always good for a bite! This 600 pound Blue-fin Tuna is tied off to the ice chest while the boat moves back to the fishing spot. With the tide running hard and this crazy fish, he dragged the boat over three miles! The fish must be tied off because it will get damaged if it gets slammed around the deck as the boat moves back into position to try to get another Giant Blue-fin Tuna hooked up!
This was a night to remember! The crew caught two big fat Giant Blue-fin Tunas one after the other. Three hours of pure battle and mayhem landed these beauties and filled the deck. The fish were both dressed and iced and we returned to Gloucester to see the buyer!
After the fish are dressed “removing the head and guts and fins” it is put into a bag then packed with ice to cool the fish. Tuna are warm blooded fish meaning there body temperature is in the 70degree range. This temperature must be brought down before it is brought to the market. Here the fish is being offloaded into a truck equipped with a crane on the tailgate designed to hoist Tuna.