Sport fishing CHARTERS
For school tuna we troll or fish with live bait on 50lb and 70lb standup style fishing tackle using newer PENN V and VI series International or Okuma Makaira reels. Compare the quality of the tackle used on our boats and you will find we fish more rods and use better tackle. The speed of the F/V SWEET DREAM means we spend more time fishing and less time running. We give you a professional sport fishing experience. We are also equipped with tuna class spinning gear to allow us to pursue surface feeding tuna and cast to them with plugs. We use top of line Shimano Stella spinning reels with custom made rods for these brutes. We also employ new extreme jigging techniques to catch these fish. Check out our tuna jigging video and our giant tuna video for a taste of the action.
We love to fish for them and to help you experience catching the fish of a life time. The F/V SWEET DREAM was custom built for tuna fishing charters and catching giant tuna in mind.
The king of all game fish is the Bluefin Tuna. They are strong and fast and fish over 1000 pounds are caught in our waters every year. Bluefin tuna over 73” are classified as Giant Tuna and fish under 73” are school tuna. You may fish for Giant and School tuna at the same time but only one category of fish may be landed.
The numbers of giant and school tuna that may be landed are regulated by the National Marine Fisheries Service and may change as the season progresses. The captain will inform you of the current catch limits at the time of your trip. Giant tuna are the property of the boat per NMFS regulations. When a giant tuna is landed the charter party will be credited 15% of the net proceeds to the boat for the sale of the fish, up to 50% of the cost of their trip. The F/V SWEET DREAM is equipped with top of the line PENN International and Shinamo Tiagra 130 and new custom built rods for Giant Tuna fishing. Giant tuna are caught trolling, chunking and fishing live baits under balloons and from kites. Nothing is more exciting than seeing a fish approaching half a ton crash a live bait fish suspended on the surface from a kite.
The past several years has seen a great run of both school and giant tuna in our waters. In 2018 we experienced increasing tuna stocks and record numbers of hooked and landed tuna, catching a mix of tuna ranging from 60lbs to over 900lbs. The giant tuna fishery is truly world class and we are very fortunate to have it right on our doorstep. We use many techniques when fishing for tuna depending on the size of the fish and the prevalent bait on the fishing grounds. For giants we fish 4 130lbs class outfits using live baits fished from kites, chunking on the anchor or trolling.
Because of the way the F/V SWEET DREAM is double rigged with outriggers and a green stick, we can troll up to 7 rods in our tuna fishing spreads. This means more baits in the water and we raise more fish and get more bites.