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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

  • Catch Giant Bluefin Tuna in PEI

    Experience the thrill of catching giant Bluefin tuna in PEI this summer!

    If you are looking to catch one of these monster Bluefin tuna fish, then don't wait. Book a PEI Tuna Charter today - (902) 393-8690

    The "Tide & Time" is a tuna charter business out of North Lake PEI and has been taking fishermen and thrill seekers alike out the the tuna fishing grounds where the elusive Bluefin tuna swims. This area of North Lake PEI is the tuan capital of the world and captain David Sansom knows exactly where to catch them!

    Tuna fishing in PEI has never been better.  Just like back in the day, you can now expect to not only catch a few Bluefin tuna while out with a bunch of friends, you can catch "BIG" tuna fish often weighing close to 1000 pounds!

    Tuna Charters in North Lake, Prince Edward Island

    David Sansom's tuna fishing charter business in PEI will take care of everything including the bait, the boat, the fishing rods, and the gas, All you have to do is bring yourself to North Lake PEI along with maybe a jacket or light sweater, as a stiff breeze often comes up offshore.

    HIs tuna charter business in North Lake PEI has been very popular the past dozen years or so and is the best place in Atlantic Canada to catch giant Bluefin Tuna!

    Wether you are in Halifax NS, Charlottetown PEI, or in Saint John NB, you won't catch bigger tuna than right here in North Lake! This area of Atlantic Canada is well known for it's beauty as well as fish. Lobster, crab, mackerel, and tuna all make this area of the Maritimes their home.

    Book a PEI tuna charter today for you and your friends. It is sure to be a thrill of a lifetime!

    Check out this tuna fishing video where David Sansom, owner of Tide and Time Tuna Charters, caught 3 giant Bluefin Tuna right in the waters off North Lake PEI.

    His PEI tuna charter business started fishing just off Souris, Prince Edward Island early in the morning just around daybreak and then by late afternoon he caught three giant Bluefin tuna!

    This particular tuna fish in the video weighed in at around 830 lbs, with the other two tuna fish weighing 950 lbs and 850 lbs respectively! Wow, it certainly was an unforgettable tuna fishing experience for David and his crew aboard the Tide & Time Tuna Charters boat!

    PEI Tuna Charters is your best best chance of catching a giant Bluefin Tuna in PEI this year! Book ahead and don't be dissappointed!

    PEI Bluefin Tuna fishing charters consist of  Giant Bluefin Tuna which is found throughout the Atlantic and Pacific ocean and this migratory fish species is known to inhabit the south Atlantic, as well. The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna is also known as the Northern Bluefin Tuna.

    PEI Tuna Regulartions

    Prince Edward Island Tuna Fishing is heavily regulated so that over-fishing doesn't happen. That's why a lot of tuna charter businessess in PEI believe in catch-and-release.

    Catch and release is important in PEI so that the tuna stocks don't deplete. That doesn't mean that you can't have the experience of a lifetime catching one of the bad boys!

    Thousands of tons of Bluefin Tuna are usually caught all over the world each year. But the fishermen in North Lake know that this won't help the local tuna fishing industry. If we keep everything we catch, soon there will be no tuna to catch for anyone.

    If you would like to book a tuna charter like this one, then hurry and book today = spot are filling up fast!

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