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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

  • Tuna Fishing in PEI

    If you are looking for a most excellent adventure in PEI this Summer, then why not try tuna fishing in PEI?

    Touted as one of the best deep sea fishing experiences, Tourism PEI boasts not only about beautiful Prince Edward Island, they showcase the tuna fishing charters for good reason. PEI is actually the place where you can catch the worlds largest tuna fish, often weighing in excess of 1000 pounds!

    Sport Fishing in PEI

    Whether you want to go deep sea fishing or sport fishing in PEI you are sure to have no problem booking one of the business tuna charters in PEI - Tide & Time Tuna Charters PEI !!

    When you get onboard you will certainly gain a whole new appreciation for the fishing industry. Deep sea fishing is one of the most exciting adventures you will ever take, similar to zip lining or hang gliding. There is nothing like getting tossed about on the waves holding on to a commercial deep sea fishing rod waiting for a huge 1000 pound tuna to strike at any moment.

    Sport fishermen of all types love catching tuna the best, or so they tell us. The reason may be that the tuna are so big and strong and put up a fight like no other fish. Sport fishing charters in PEI are on the rise the past few years which is great news to local business operators says Tourism PEI.

    Tuna fish are plentiful off the waters of Prince Edward Island, so now is the time to book your tuna charter before the season ends - Call 902-393-8690 !!

    North Lake is generally known as the "tuna capital of the world", which stands to reason mostly because of it's rich feeding grounds in which the tuna grow to record numbers.

    Deep Sea Fishing Charters in PEI

    The most common deep sea fishing charters are tuna charters. Deep sea sport fishing is on the rise in PEI and Nova Scotia the past few years in both the Northumberland Strait and the Buld of St Lawrence.

    During the Summer months and into the Fall is when most tuna charters are booked mostly because these are the places where the tuna spawn. These regions of Atlantic Canada are also rich feeding grounds for the tuna. Sport fisherman, anglers, and tourists alike flock to PEI each year to take part in these exciting deep sea fishing adventures.

    There are a number of ports in PEI that offer tuna fishing charters but North Lake is the busiest by far. Prince Edward Island tourism has risen in the past ten years mostly because of the sport fishing, sea food, and music industry.

    Going out to sea off the waters of North Lake PEI is something you won't soon forget. You can take your family, a group of buddies, or put together 6 of your friends and your all set to go. Captain David Sansom of the Tide & Time Tuna Charters in PEI is one of the most experienced deep sea tuna fishing captains that you will find. He regularly takes out groups of anglers on deep sea fishing charters in the hopes of hooking a monster bluefin tuna, and they usually don't get disappointed.

    Big Game Fish in PEI

    For anyone that has been wanting to catch big game fish like the Bluefin tuna, marlin, shark or swordfish, PEI is your destination for sure. There are qute a few boats in PEI that are equipped to take out group charters of anglers searching for these huge tuna.

    One you get to the tuna grounds off North Lake, Prince Edward Island, your captain will place you in the proper seat with rod in hand. Once your are all set up to catch the tuna, they could strike at any time.

    The fight with the tuna can last for hours and often travel between 5 and 10 kilometers from where they first took the bait. One this is for sure, either you will wear down the tuna, or the tuna will wear you down and you will need assistance in landing it. Nonetheless, a great deep sea sport fishing adventure in PEI.

    Book a Tuna Charter today !!

    Phone: (902) 393-8690  | Email: info@tideandtimecharters.com

  • Bluefin Tuna PEI

    The Bluefin Tuna in PEI are amongst the largest tuna caught anywhere in the world. This is the reason that you see the influx of thousands of tourists each summer coming to North Lake PEI to try their luck catching one of these monster Bluefin Tuna! The tuna fishing season in North Lake, PEI runs from July to October, wih most of the giant Bluefin being caught in the Northern part of PEI off North Lake.

    Catching a bluefin tuna is on most fisherman's bucket list. Prince Edward Island is the destination of many tourists and anglers alike from all over the world. There are many tuna charters in PEI to choose from if you want to try your luck at catching one of these powerful fish.

    Deep Sea Fishing in PEI

    Many Maritimers and people from all over the world come to go deep sea fishing in PEI each year.

    Prince Edward Island is known for Anne of Green Gables, potatoes, lobsters, and bluefin tuna fishing. Hundreds of tourists visit the beautiful province of PEI every summer. One of the best ways to experience PEI is to deep sea fishing with an experienced tuna charter captain like David Sansom. David runs Tide & Time Tuna Charters, which sails out of North Lake PEI, the tuna capital of the world.

    Deep sea fishing is an experience that the whole family can enjoy. While on vacation head on up to the North Lake area of PEI to book a tuna charter. You won't be sorry!

    Most charter boats, like the Tide & Time tuna, use traditional “jig” fishing lines and heavier type fishing rods and reels to catch the tuna. You don't have to travel very far off shore to catch one of these Bluefins. Usualy two to three miles off shore is the tuna feeding grounds. So while it's called deep sea fishing, it's not like twenty miles out to sea. Most fishermen like to jig mackerel, cod or herring while on board, as they are waiting for the tuna to hit.

    Don't forget to take a camera as the sunsets are amazing and you may see many different types of seabirds, seas, and even whales in the Gulf of St Lawrence or Northumberland Strait areas off PEI.

    Life jackets are provided by the crew of the tuna boat so you don't have to worry about bring this or any other type of gear for that matter. Just bring a lunch and maybe your sunscreen. Nothing but sun and fun here in PEI.

    1000 Pound Tuna Caught in PEI

    This was an unforgettable experince catching a 1000 pound tuna off PEI last year. It took about 4 hours to catch this large bluefin tuna! The guys were exhausting landing this 1000 pound bluefin tuna on the tuna charter boat "Tide & Time" captained by David Sansom. It is an experience of a lifetime catching one of these beauties!

     

    At PEI Tuna Charters, David runs this private charter boat for several months of the year. You can simply book a deep sea tuna charter with David by emailing info@tideandtimecharters.com or phoning (902) 393-8690