3rd Fish from Scotland with Video!

Angus and crew have landed another Bluefin Tuna off the coast of Scotland. This is only the third to be hooked off the Northern Scottish coast. The fish took a 15 x 18″ Custom Fisherman’s Outfitter Spreader Bar


Scottish Crew Scores Big!

Congratulations to Angus Campbell and crew of the Orca III, whom which landed a 515lb Giant Bluefin Tuna off Scottish coast! This catch proves the viability to target Bluefin Tuna out of Scotland. The fish was to be released, but due to the circumstances where the fish was hooked death was inevitable. The fish will be eaten by some very happy people!

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Bluefin Tuna off Scotland

Bluefin Tuna off the Scottish coast? It may come to a surprise to most that these magnificent creatures are making their way into the highland waters, but it is true.

Angus Campbell, of Kilda Cruises located in Scotland on the Isle of Harris contacted us here at Fisherman’s Outfitter inquiring about the gear required to target Bluefins. Angus runs ecological  charters to St. Kilda and other islands of the Hebrides of Scotland and recently noticed the Bluefins occasionally feeding on his tours.

Johnny White, owner of Fisherman’s Outfitter spent the first two weeks of September off St. Kilda showing the crew how to use the gear. Due to rough conditions that are normal this time of year, the window to fish was a short 2 days. After surveying the areas around the Island they located an area that held lots of bait, birds and hopefully Tuna. The short amount of time did not produce a Bluefin, but did provide confidence that these waters held them!

Fisherman’s Outfitter was also featured in a European Newspaper and website http://www.totalseamagazine.com/news/item/1003-tuna-off-scotland, which article can be viewed below.

Atlantic bluefins chase mackerel off coast of Kilda. For a few years now there have been reports of large fish around shoals of mackerel off the coast of the Outer Hebrides. Kilda Cruises and other boat operators in the Western isles have spotted bluefin tuna on their trips to St Kilda. A few years ago the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust also reported a bluefin tuna being found washed up on a beach on the Isle of Mull.

Angus Campbell, the owner of Kilda Cruises, also runs Atlantic Marine Services (AMS). AMS provides specialist support for organisations doing marine surveys west of the Hebrides. Angus is currently investigating the viability of fishing for bluefin tuna. Specialist fishing gear was ordered from the USA and John White of Fisherman’s Outfitter, in Massachusetts, USA, came to teach the ins and outs of how to catch these massive creatures.

What is so special about the Atlantic bluefin tuna? The answer is their size, speed and that they tend not to enter Scottish waters. The average length is two metres and average weight is 250kg.

Their torpedo-shaped, streamlined bodies can travel up to 43 miles an hour. Bluefin tunas are warm-blooded, a rare trait among fish. Because of this they are able to adjust their body temperature, keeping it higher than the surrounding water, which is why they are so well adapted to cooler ocean waters.

Bluefin tuna have been seen and caught off the Irish coast for decades but it would appear that they are gradually moving north as herring stocks recover. Although Bluefin tuna have been overfished during the last 20 years, some recent studies show an encouraging rebirth of the North Atlantic population thanks to some great conservation efforts in the western Atlantic.

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As the Lisa & Jake  sits idle at the dock and the wind blows hard from the Northeast then the Northwest we take time to share some fishing info and what is happening around Gloucester.

We feel for our friends along the southern coast who have gone through unbelievable conditions and misfortune with Hurricane Sandy. Being in contact with a lot of folks describing the situations they have been going through makes me realize how fortunate we were here in Massachusetts to get away with minor damage.

Will the new regulations affect my trip??

With all the fishing on the east coast making the TV news channels and the papers,there are many questions being asked as well as rumors flying.

For a little back ground…

Three years ago President Obama appointed Jane Lubchenco as the NOAA Administrator.  She has made many changes to the way commercial fishing was done on the east coast. She came up with a system called “catch shares”. This system basically divided up shares of the fish and gave each commercial boat its own yearly limit. The system was very complicated with many details. With this system many small boats were put out of business and it gave large corporation vessels the right to take huge amounts of fish on our inshore waters.

The government has now declared the ground fishing a disaster. Jane Lubchenco has resigned from the office but not short of patting herself on the back for a job well done as she stated in here resignation letter.

The New England Council now faced with a low stock assessment has a decision to make as to how much to cut back commercial landings. At the meeting in December they were to come up with a solution. They did not, they just kicked the can once again. Now the next meeting is scheduled for the end of January. The lobbying groups are asking to extend the cuts to 2014,we will see what happens.

The fishing year starts May 1 of each year, if there are any new regulations they will go into affect May 1 of 2013 or 2014.

As regulations get tighter on all of our ocean waters Gloucester has always been a place to catch a lot of fish. We have many species of fish,some regulated more than others. At Kayman Charters we will try to catch different species of fish to make sure you have plenty of action and great tasting fish to take home. Remember to always have a good time with your family and friends on your outing.

The bottom line to the question is NO as of now, January 16, 2013. There have been no changes. Cod is still 9 fish per person per day at 19″.  There is No limit on Haddock, Pollock, Redfish, Cusk and Hake.

This should hold true until the end of April.

Spring Haddock Fishing starts in March!

With still no limits on Haddock this Spring is the time for a chance to fill the freezer with some of New England’s best tablefare!


Early Spring Haddock ball up in certain areas to spawn. When they start to feed it can be lock and load fishing. Although Haddock can be caught on jigs, this is mostly all bait fishing. The smell of the baits around a school of Haddock is so tempting, even the non hungry ones like to join in in the feeding frenzy. “I’ve never seen Haddock like this” is a quote from many clients who have had the chance to see the Haddock Fishing at it’s best.


Double Large Haddock are Common on early Spring trips.

Matt Light Foundation Helps Kids

The Matt Light Shootout is an event to raise money to help less fortunate kids get a jump on life. Last year at this great event Kayman Charters and the boats in “Wicked Tuna” auctioned of fishing trips that raised $32000.00 for his cause. I was totally amazed that just my boat raised $8000.00 !

Matt Light a former New England Patriot was named “most likable” by his teammates! He puts on quite an event in Rhode Island every year. This skeet shooting course was a ball to navigate and check my shooting skills. The competition was followed by a Lobster and prime rib dinner. Lenny Clark was the MC of the show, a very funny guy. Some of the New England Patriots were signing autographs as well as the F/V Time Bandit’s crew members.

Shared Trips Availability

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Calendar of trips 

Shared charters are available all season!

Reserve your trip Today!

Bait & Haddock Trips:

Sunday, March 24th

Sunday, April 7th

Wednesday, April 10th

Sunday, April 14th

Cod Fishing Trips:

Opening Day! Tuesday, April 16th

Tuesday, April 23rd

Always check the calender as more dates will open if needed! And don’t forget to check the fishing reports page with updates and photos.

Our Mission

A day on Kayman Too or the Lisa & Jake will bring friends and family together while enjoying the sport of deep sea fishing! We cater to beginner family trips, but satisfy the hard core professional as well with our deep sea fishing charters.  Kayman Charters is a full time professional charter boat with more than 20 years of experience with Cod fishing, Tuna fishing, Haddock fishing and more. At Kayman Charters the captains and crew members strive for 100% customer satisfaction on every trip. We are known for our excellent customer service and retention – 98% of our customers return.



9 Things to Bring on a Charter Fishing Trip

Booking a charter fishing trip is one of the easiest ways to get out on the water without the financial outlay you might have if you were buying performance fishing gear – or, say, a boat. A chartered fishing trip means you get the wisdom of the experts, the equipment is right there when you need it, and the big picture details are taken care of on your party’s behalf. However, that doesn’t mean that going charter fishing is as easy as boarding the boat. You, as the passenger, have some responsibility for your own comfort and safety, which is why we have put together this list of 9 things to bring on a charter fishing trip.

1. Food and drink. While some fishing charter companies will provide meals – usually for a fee – it’s much more common for passengers to bring their own refreshments. Drinks are especially important, and we’re not talking beer here. It’s easy to get dehydrated out on the water.

2. Motion sickness pills and sea bands. Even if you’ve never been seasick in your life, there’s a first time for everything. Motion sickness can happen, especially if the weather turns out rough, and it’s unlikely that your charter boat captain is going to turn the vessel around just for you.

3. Jackets, hats, sunglasses, and raingear. Speaking of weather, check the forecast and then plan for every possible weather condition. It can get chilly if there are high winds, even in the summertime. Rain can sweep in out of nowhere. The sun glinting off the water can start to drive you nuts. Protect thyself!

4. Tip money. The charter boat captain and crew are paid, but probably make at least some part of their living off tips. 15-20% is a good range when you’re tipping your crew.

5. Suncreen. It’s not sunny? Well, you may not know this, but the damaging effects of the sun’s rays can actually be more pronounced on cloudy days – especially given that the water around your boat will reflect them back at you. Make sure your sunscreen of choice blocks UVA and UVB rays.

6. Your camera. Your charter boat crew may take pictures of your catch, but if you want to capture the whole of the day it’s up to you to bring a camera or a phone equipped with a good enough proxy. You can always ask someone employed by the charter to take a picture of your group using your camera.

7. Non-slip shoes with non-black soles. The decks of most charter boats are coated with slip-resistant paint that keeps you from toppling into the deep, but things can still get slippery. Running shoes are usually a good choice.

8. A cooler. Assuming you are keeping some or all of your catch, bringing your own cooler will mean your fillets are fresher when you finally do get them home.

9. The proper licenses. In some cases, charter fishing boat trips will require you to have the right kind of fishing license, so if you have it, bring it. You may have the opportunity to purchase a fishing license at the marina before the charter launches, but don’t count on it. When it doubt, ask ahead of time!

All New TV Series "Wicked Tuna"

A New Fishing Show “Wicked Tuna”  will be airing Sundays at 10PM on the National Geographic Channel. Don’t miss out on this great new series.

Fishing is a hard life, and harder with bluefin stocks depleted. In Gloucester, Massachusetts, there’s a special breed of fishermen. For generations they’ve used rod and reel to catch the elusive bluefin tuna. They depend on these fish for their livelihood, and the competition is brutal.

Over the next 10 weeks, the most skilled fishermen will set out in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic in hopes of catching the valuable bluefin tuna. When one bluefin can bring in as much as $20,000—they’ll do whatever it takes to hook up.

– Courtesy of National Geographic

By Gail McCarthy Staff Writer for Gloucester Daily Times

A troupe of Gloucester fishermen changed out of their fishing attire for a red-carpet preview screening Tuesday night for the new National Geographic reality TV series “Wicked Tuna,” which premieres Sunday.

The fishermen and their families and friends, along with the press corps and state and local representatives, gathered at Boston’s Wilbur Theater for the screening and after party.

For the next 10 weeks, the National Geographic channel will give an inside look at bluefin tuna fishing out of Gloucester Harbor featuring both the thrill of the hunt as well as despair over the one that got away. The show debuts Sunday at 10 p.m.

This is the latest generation of reality television involving Gloucester or its residents.

Chef Christian Collins made it to the final three in FOX TV’s “MasterChef” and three Gloucester fishermen were part of the ABC reality series “Expedition Impossible” last year. Prior to that, Gloucester’ James “Jimmy T” Tarantino was a competitor on the CBS reality hit “Survivor.” And two young Gloucester High School grads — Emilee Fitzpatrick and Kate Squillace — were spotlighted on MTV’s popular “Real World” and Oxygen TV’s “Bad Girls Club,” respectively.

“We think this show will be the best of the bunch,” said “Wicked Tuna” Capt. Dave Marciano, 46, of the 38-foot fishing vessel Hard Merchandise. “Fishing is all I know how to do. In this day and age, I can say I enjoy my job. It’s not always all about the money.”

The series illustrates the lucrative nature of the business and the fierce rivalry among five competing tuna boats — the Tuna.com, Marciano’s Hard Merchandise, the Bounty Hunter, the Odysea and the Christina.

The show depicts fishing done with rod and reel, and often ending in an almost hand-to-hand combat with the bluefin. During the screening, the audience erupted in laughter many times as the crews went about their business. In one scene, one of the boats reels in a “monstah” tuna weighing about 1,100 pounds.

When Gloucester’s Capt. Dave Carraro left Gloucester Harbor under the cover of darkness before all others, the crowd giggled when the narrator referred to him as “Tricky Dave” as he left for Georges Bank. In one scene, Carraro called bluefin tuna fishing an addiction.

Bill Monte, who has fished for 35 years with his wife Donna, told filmmakers that age brings its own challenges.

“It gets harder as you get older and your body gets beat up,” he said, though he is still lured out by the hunt.

Gloucester’s Vito Calomo, a retired third-generation fishing captain in his own right, attended the screening as a representative of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. He thought the episode was well done.

“It will be an eye opener for those who don’t know about life at sea and who think all tuna comes in a can,” he said, explaining that the tuna in a can is a smaller species called albacore tuna. “From a fishing point of view, (the show) was entertaining even to myself and I think it will be very entertaining to those not familiar with it.”

Rosemarie Ciaramitaro of Gloucester attended the premiere, invited by her cousin Sandro Maniaci, a crew member of Tuna.com. She is also the daughter of a fisherman and knows well the inherent risks of the job.

“It’s very dangerous. The sea is not a place to fool around. We were lucky. My father went fishing and came back home. Everyone is out there trying to make a living and that is what this series shows,” she said.

Ciaramitaro watched her cousin grow up with a passion for fishing ever since he was in elementary school, when he always drew pictures of sharks and fish.

“My aunt would take him to fish at the State Fish Pier and down to the Boulevard. He fished every chance he got,” she recalled. “He loves the sea so much that at the age of 26, he went out to get his captain’s license.”

Introducing the episode, National Geographic’s spokesman Christopher Albert noted that fishing is an ancient profession.

The rules of engagement are simple: Catch a fish and feed your family or lose a fish and go home with nothing, he said.

The Gloucester-based fishermen are Tuna.com’s Carraro, Maniaci and Paul Hebert; Bounty Hunter’s the Montes and Scott Ferriero; Odysea’s Ralph Wilkins and “Pirate” Kit Vallee; Christina’s Scott Prentiss, Kevin Leonowert and Blair Denman; and Hard Merchandise;s Marciano and Jason Muenzner.

Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk, an invited speaker, said she hopes the series will give viewers an insider’s look into a most dangerous profession.

“No one knows that better than Gloucester where more than 5,000 have gone down to sea in ships,” said Kirk.

The mayor also highlighted Gloucester’s beauty and extensive coastline, which rivals many ports.

“But what makes our city great,” she said, “is the character of the people who live there and work there.”

Kimberly Woodward, National Geographic’s vice president of development and production, said the organization saw a tremendous opportunity with Pilgrim Studios “Wicked Tuna.”

“Our real goal is to make people aware through engaging a mainstream television audience that there is a broader issue and make them concerned about it,” she said. “It’s been a wonderful privilege getting to know the fishermen, getting to know them as people, and their passion for what they do.”

Pineapple Gang – Cod Fishing Blitz in Gloucester

The Pineapple Gang takes their cod fishing charters seriously. So serious, that this is their 8th year cod fishing aboard Tuna Hunter. Every year they are well prepared, well-dressed and have great success. They are all good anglers, and passionate about their fishing.

This year’s trip was no exception, and the fish cooperated – a non-stop blitz of large cod, all day long, with a breather at the slack.  Fish hit on a mix of jigs and clams. The usual. So why such a blitz? Good people, good times, plus Pineapple = Good Fishing.  Through the years this crew has mastered techniques, so very few fish get by. If they bite, these guys hook ’em.

Tuna Hunter has August openings – come out and cool off, enjoy great fishing and have a great time, call 978-407-1351 or email captain@tunahunter.com

Captain Gary & Karen Cannell



978-407-1351 captain

978-546-7992 land


Please call us at 978-407-1351

as we are at sea fishing this time of year!

Annual Nivens Family Gloucester Fishing Bonanza

The annual Nivens family reunion typically includes a Gloucester fishing charter aboard Tuna Hunter, and typical both sessions produce loads of fish, plenty to feed the extended family back home.  The 2011 bash was no exception.

This year the morning team outshone with striped bass – over ten keepers to 40 inches. Hard to beat! The action was busy all morning, making it hard to leave to swap out for the afternoon crew.

In the afternoon, the striper action slowed, but the cod action picked up. Drift rigs for striped bass fishing where exchanged for bottom rigs for cod fishing, and soon everyone was contributed large codfish to the fish box.  Gloucester fishing at its finest!

Join Tuna Hunter with your family for great fishing, and great fun. We look forward to fishing with you!

Captain Gary & Karen Cannell



978-407-1351 captain

978-546-7992 land


Please call us at 978-407-1351

as we are at sea fishing this time of year!

Gloucester Cod Fishing on Tuna Hunter

Green Mountain Boys of VT

The Green Mountain Boys of Vermont enjoyed an awesome day of cod and haddock fishing aboard Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters.
Cod fishing is strong now through the summer.

These guys experienced a steady pick all morning, a lull at the tide change then several bouts of large cod at Tuna Hunter favorite numbers in the afternoon to top off the fish box.  Every day is a bit different, but anticipate fish hitting on jigs and bait, with slight fluctuations through the day as we move from spot to spot working through the tides.

Enjoy the excellent bottom fishing of Stellwagen Bank and surrounding waters – call us to arrange for your cod and haddock fishing charter,
Captain Gary Cannell on Tuna Hunter, 978-407-1351 or captain@tunahunter.com

Captain Gary & Karen Cannell



978-407-1351 captain

978-546-7992 land


Please call us at 978-407-1351

as we are at sea fishing this time of year!