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  • Tuna Capital of the World | North Lake PEI

    Well it's been said many times, North Lake PEI is the tuna capital of the world! According to hundreds of tourists and big game fishermen from around the world, this region of Atlantic Canada has the biggest Bluefin tuna anywhere in the world.

    North Lake, PEI is at the most Northern point in Prince Edward Island. Whether you come here to fish, swim, or just for a pleasant holiday, PEI certainly is a beautiful Island.

    The History of Tuna in North Lake PEI

    Bluefin tuna were first caught back in the late 1960's according to the locals in North Lake. At the time the villagers thought they were huge oversized horse mackerel. No one knew at the time even if there was a market for the tuna so many fishermen just threw them back. Afterall, they were afer the mackerel. Besides the tuna used to put holes in the mackerel nets, so it's not wonder the fishermen thought the tuna were a nuisance at the time.

    Some time later, anglers from other parts of the world got wind that there were oversized tuna being caught in the waters off North Lake PEI, so they came to see for themselves. They were surprised when they began catching tuna in excess of 1000 pounds day after day.

    This is where the PEI tuna charter business began it is said. The vibrant tuna charter fishery was born when the local fishermen discovered a new fishing season in July to October of each year. Tourists and anglers from as far away as South Africa, Australia, and Germany began lining up to book a tuna charter. This was basically the the beginning of tuna fishing industry in Atlantic Canada.

    North Lake PEI got it's nickname "the tuna capital of the world" as a result, because of the record size of tuna that were caught here. Sports Fishing was a new industry back then in PEI and still continues today where tuna charter boats like the "Tide & Time Charters" make a living taking sports fishermen and tourists alike out to catch a giant bluefin tuna.

    Landing A Giant Bluefin Tuna

    They say there is no feeling like landing a bluefin tuna! It may take a few hours to first see the tuna jumping in the waters off North Lake PEI, or it may only take 15 minutes, but one thing's for sure, the tuna are there!

    Anyone who has caught one of these larger-than-life tuna say it is the most powerful fish they have every caught! No one really expects a tuna to be that strong, but you try battling a giant bluefin tuna for hours and it will definitely wear you down. It is certainly something that you have to experience for yourself. It makes you feel alive, some say.

    Tuna charter fishing in pei is on the rise! Over the past twenty years in Prince Edward Island, we have seen an influx of visitors to this area, all inquiring about catching a tuna fish, and where they might book a tuna charter. Because of the depleted numbers of tuna now in the waters of the Northumberland Strait, the fishing industry imposed a "catch and release" policy to build up the stocks.

    PEI tuna charters say there is a small commercial tuna fishery still in place in the local PEI area but it is licensed and the tuna go mostly to Japanese buyers. This is the best way to preserve the fishing industry is by regulating and monitoring the size of the catches that come in, as well as limiting the amount of tuna that each commercial fishing boat is allowed to catch. So far it's been working and the tuna population is on the rise in Atlantic Canada.

    Again, the Prince Edward Island tuna charter fishery practices catch and release, mostly because the stocks became depleted some time ago due to over fishing. The tuna fishery is rebuilding as there is a commercial tuna fishery present in PEI. 

    But no worries, David Sansom of the Tide and Time Tuna Charters gets the tuna fish as close to the boat as possible where the fish is weighed and you can take as many pictures and videos as you want.

    Catching a giant Bluefin is a rare privilege and fishermen and tourists alike will never forget this tremendous experience. Barb-less circle hooks are used to catch the tuna as they minimize any stress on the fish. We all want to treat these massive Bluefins with the respect they deserve.

    PEI Tuna Fishing Charters

    PEI Tuna Fishing Charters are located in North Lake, Prince Edward Island, just off the coast of Nova Scotia.  David runs his tuna charter business out of North Lake, PEI each year taking avid sports fishermen and tourists alike to catch monster bluefin tuna.

    Well known as the “Tuna Capital of the World”, David know too well that summer in PEI certainly is busy with his tuna charter business. Some of his group tuna charters have caught tuna weighing in excess of 1000 pounds or more! The Tide & Time Tuna Charter boat only has to go a couple miles off shore before seeing the tuna jump out of the water. This is when the exictement begins and everyone springs into action.

    PEI Tuna Fishing Charters have no problem offering a private charter to anyone wishing to book a group tuna charter. Each PEI tuna fishing charter comes with an experienced captain and crew onboard for every single deep sea fishing expedition. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner angler or an avid sports fishermen from Boston or South Africa, it will be a memorable experience out on the tuna laden waters of North Lake PEI.

    Full Day Tuna Charters

    Full day Tuna charters are more fun because they increase the odds of you landing a record setting Bluefin tuna.

    The Tide & Time group fishing charters will take you to the most popular tuna fishing grounds off North Lake, Prince Edward Island where all the biggest tuna hang out. A full day of fishing is better as you can sail from spot to spot in search of the huge fish. Bluefin tuna fishing in PEI is now more popular than shark fishing or whale watching says the local PEI tourism office.

    Professional sports fishermen know this is just part of the game and don't have a problem waiting it out. But, before you know it, the tuna start jumping right before your eyes. The tuna charter fishery in PEI runs from mid July to late October each year, so now is the perfect time to book your next tuna fishing adventure!

    Here is what each tuna charter includes;

    • 8 hours on the water
    • Each charter takes 1-6 people onboard
    • Take a light lunch along with beverages and snacks
    • All the tackle, fishing rods, gear and bait are provided by the tuna charter boat

    For more information on tuna charter pricing, please contact David Sansom at 902-393-8690 or email info@tideandtimecharters.com