You will get an entirely new fresh seafood after you take part in a deep sea fishing excursion, put your rope into the deep blue waters off Prince Edward Island and catch your own fish. Whether you have set your site on fresh mackerel feed, you want to fight with giant bluefin tuna, or you are captivated by the mystery of catching sharks, boat captains around the province want to share in your adventures on the high seas.
The most common type of deep-sea fishing charters on Gulf St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait are for mackerel. Starting in early July and continuing into September, charters can be ordered from a number of fishing ports along the coastline of Prince Edward Island. Charter is usually 3½ hours long and is a fun and economical activity for the whole family. And when your feet are planted back on the beach, the captain will send you back to your hut or camp with your catch of the day, freshly filled and ready for barbecue!
Going After the Big Ones
For those who prefer to hunt big game, can we recommend tuna or shark fishing? There are several tuna charters available on the island, and several boats are equipped to bring adventurers into the waters where sharks hide beneath the surface.
Now, for those of you who like beaches, don’t worry. These blue, mako and porbeagle sharks prefer colder waters and are rarely seen close to shore. And further than that, in the pages of our rich and colorful history, there has never been a shark attack on Prince Edward Island. Our waters are not only the warmest in northern Carolina, but also the safest.
However, for the most part, sharks do not often go to the island’s coastal waters until the end of summer and because of this, the charter captain does not begin to receive orders until September. However, in July, there was a lot of action for big fishermen because the tuna season starts in the middle of the month and continues into the fall. Tuna fisheries operate on a quota system and therefore do not have a fixed season.
With the sticks firmly attached to the scabbard, prepare for a battle that can last up to three hours. Tuna will pull hard on your line, so hard that the captain must start his boat and draw your prey. The ship will sometimes travel up to nine kilometers (six miles) in an effort to unload large tuna.
There is a good chance that you can’t even see the quarry until you get on the boat, because 400 kg, or heavier, tuna will make every effort to stay in the water, often moving back towards the ship to get some leeway in line and then run in the opposite direction. At this point your line will tighten up with snap and the fight will once again.
Sports fishermen view tuna fishing as one of the biggest sensations of their sport and they are equally happy with the real revival of species over the past few years. Charter operators have seen a decline in the number of tuna for about 10 years, but this migration giant is once again abundant in waters off Prince Edward Island. The Tuna Charter can be ordered from several locations on the Island, including North Lake, also known as the “Tuna Capital of the World.”