Bluefin Tuna Fishing
In the world of big-game fishing, few thrills hold a candle to the experience of battling a 1,000-pound bluefin tuna. The elusive giant tuna is by far one of the most powerful game fish in the ocean, and when you go out with the crew from Tony’s Tuna Fishing, you don’t just set out a bait to catch them… you can actually hand feed these incredible fish and watch them take the bait.
Tony’s Tuna Fishing operates two boats, the Li’l Miss Maddy and Princess Nova out of North Lake, Prince Edward Island — appropriately dubbed the “Tuna Capital of the World!”
Brothers Bradley and Tony MacDonald have decades of experience in the bluefin tuna fishery and specialize in not just catching giant tuna, but also making you feel like part of the family. From hot meals with the best seafood and lobster available to the top gear on the market, this company goes the extra mile to make sure all of its clients experience a fishing trip unlike any other.
Capt. Tony MacDonald has been fishing these waters for more than 20 years and is a founding member of the Prince Edward Island Tuna Charter Boat Association. After graduating from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1995, Tony came back home and bought his own fishing outfit and began a successful career fishing lobster, tuna, herring, and mackerel. Tony is also a volunteer firefighter.
Capt. Bradley “Buck” MacDonald has been fishing for 15 years and fished lobster with his older brother Tony for seven years before launching his own fishing enterprise in 2004.
Tony and Bradley grew up in the Elmira/North Lake area fishing with their father Elmer, who has been on the water for more than 45 years. These fourth-generation fishermen have the experience and the bloodline to find giant tuna, and put you on the fish.
While most crews in various parts of the world have to run upwards of 100 miles to find bluefin, in PEI, the fish are typically just a few miles offshore. The day usually begins by catching some live mackerel, then a quick run to the fishing grounds. After hand-feeding fish upwards of 800 to 1,200-pounds, the heavy-tackle comes out and it’s go time.
Tony’s crews are adept at all of the techniques needed to land giant tuna. They’ll often catch them on live bait but will also use kites to fish for these beasts. Whether you want to fight fish using stand-up gear or a fighting chair, Tony’s Tuna Fishing will take care of you.
Prior to the start of the 2012 season Tony’s Tuna Fishing added two reputable captains to the family with Kurt Harris and Wayne Campbell. They may be new to the company, but they certainly aren’t new to fishing for giant bluefin tuna in PEI. Kurt has been fishing with his father since he was 15 years old and took on his own fleet at the age of 29. Wayne has been fishing for over 30 years and spent most of the 2011 charter season fishing with Tony.
The boats, including L’il Miss Maddy, Princess Nova, Frayed Knot, and Shelling It Out *Again* are all modern and powerful vessels that offer all of the comforts of home including hot water, microwave, table, bunks, washroom, furnace, 120-volt power and coolers. They are as equally equipped on the technical side with three VHF radios, a 32 mile radars, dual frequency color sounders, chart plotters, and a computerized Max-Sea system for bottom charting.
The glory days of bluefin tuna fishing have returned to PEI, so don’t wait — book your adventure today with PEI’s premiere tuna fishing charter outfit — Tony’s Tuna Fishing!
“We’ll take care of you from the moment you arrive until we take you back to dry land,” says Tony MacDonald.
North Lake, PEI, Canada is one of the most picturesque destinations on Canada’s Atlantic coast, tucked in close to the shared North-East coastline of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
In 2012, the company built three new two-bedroom cottages, fully equipped with all the conveniences and comforts of home.
Set on an open and private stretch of land in the beautiful seaside community of South Lake just minutes from North Lake Harbor, the cottages are the ideal spot to spend the evening as you dream about the morning’s fishing action. The bluefin tuna season begins in July and runs into October.
For the past two seasons the BD crew has made the trek to PEI to fish with Tony’s Tuna Fishing and experienced some of the best fishing action first hand. To see more photos from these trips, check out this exclusive Impact Zone photo gallery. You’ll also want to check out the video put together from the 2012 Race to PEI contest.
If these images don’t get you fired up to go bluefin tuna fishing, we don’t know what will.