Bluefin Tuna season Starts June 1st

The 2015 Bluefin Tuna season will start on the first of June. Some years we have had the Tuna show up in late May, and some years they are here the first week of June. Last year, they were around for opening day and we are hoping for the same this year. We are now taking bookings for the 2015 season. We are also offering a three trip Tuna package in which you can fish the Spring, Summer, and Fall and save money. Gives you the best chance to catch the fish of a lifetime.

A few pictures from last season.
997092_10152379962067274_4852980570634029182_n One of two fish we caught this day
1471740_10152373832717274_2861777317953250713_n A keeper for the truck. One of four bites we had on this trip.
1510399_10152404352182274_3839519584067713917_nHigh Hook steaming in from a day out Tuna fishing

For bookings please email Willie at [email protected] as I am out of the Country until mid April.
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Medium Size Tuna are still around.

The Bluefin Tuna have showed up in great numbers. For the last couple years we have not seen the smaller fish which are great for charters. The last two weeks or so have been really good for the high 60 to low 70 inch fish. We have been hooking multiple fish per trip mostly on stand-up gear. Leaving from Duxbury Harbor, its a short ride out to the fishing grounds this time of year on the High Hook.

A nice size Tuna landed on the Ducks Unlimited Charter.

A nice size Tuna landed on the Ducks Unlimited Charter.

Book Your Bass Trip For May (save $20)

If you book a Striped Bass trip before May 1st we are offering $20 off your Half Day Striped Bass trip to be used in May.
Striped Bass fishing in Duxbury and the surrounding bays in mid to late May produce numbers of keepers ranging from 28 to 35 inch fish. A typical trip consists of heading out off of Gurnet point to catch live mackerel and then bring them back into the Bays to live-line for Striped Bass.
Days are limited, so book today to get the day you’d like

The Tuna have arrived!

The bluefin Tuna season opened on June 1st and the Tuna arrived right on time. There has been good fishing from Stellwagon Bank, all the way down to Chatham. On Wednesday High Hook landed its first Tuna of the season measuring in at 90 inches (350 plus lbs). We were back at it on Thursday and managed to land two tuna. In the morning we caught a shorter one, and in the afternoon we landed another 90 inch fish. We are back at it on Sunday after this wind dies down. Below are some pictures from this week.

Capt Willie Woodruff fighting a fish

Capt Willie Woodruff fighting a fish

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Striped Bass are moving in

The Striped Bass have moved into Duxbury and the surrounding bays in good numbers over the past week. Most of the fish are small keepers in the low 30 inch range, but are great fish for light tackle gear. A few structure spots have been holding fish but the best bet right now is to find the birds. Each morning their have been birds throughout the bay with loads of fish under them. Put a live mackerel or herring in the middle of the fish and it is a guarantee hook up.

Bait fishing was really good last week, but not so great the last few days and over the weekend. There are some big schools of mackerel and herring out off of Gurnet, but the schools are spotty. Put in some time and you will come across the schools and get the bait you need.

This is a picture from a trip over the weekend with returning customer Russ Pelham. We only managed to jig up a dozen baits, but were able to land 9 or so fish and enough meat for the cooler.

Russ with one of his many fish caught

Russ with one of his many fish caught

Bluefin Tuna Season Fast Approaching


The 2013 Bluefin Tuna season is fast approaching!! We are expecting them to arrive sometime in the first week of June. We fish for them from June until the end of November. Book your trip now while the dates lasts. Fish the Spring, Summer, and Fall onboard High Hook with the three trip tuna package and save money. For large groups, we also offer multiple boat trips. Check out the rates below and book today!

Here are the rates for the 2013 season 2013 High Hook Rates

Cod season started up today

The Cod season started up today and the reports were that the fish were scattered all over the place, but not in big schools. The boats that went out today all got cod, but not in the numbers like we are used to. Some haddock could be found out on the Eastern edge as well as Red Fish in the deeper water. The mackerel were all over Stellwagon Bank which mean they should probably be off our coast by the weekend. I will be heading out tomorrow to see what we can find..

Good News for People Who Like to Eat Tuna

I have some good news for the clients who like to keep and eat Bluefin Tuna. For the last couple of years we have had to release any Tuna measuring over 59in or under 73in back into the water to swim another day. This was done to protect the 2005 football size Tuna class. Those Tuna are now around 73in so there is no need to have the slot on them.
I was at a seminar for the Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Ass on Tuesday night. They brought Emily in from Tag a Tiny program to speak about the last ten years or so of Tuna tagging research. She had mentioned that the slot that has been in effect since 2009 will most likely be lifted this year, although it has not been done yet. Good and bad news. The good news is that you guys would be able to keep the Tuna…. The bad news… is that you guys will be able to keep the Tuna,, and I have to cut it up.

A small sized Tuna caught on High Hook in 2011