The F/V SWEET DREAM was custom built for tuna fishing charters and catching giant bluefin tuna. 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 73” and over 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 Shimano Tiagra 130 and new custom built rods for Giant Bluefin 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 2019 we experienced increasing tuna stocks and record numbers of hooked and landed tuna, catching a mix of tuna ranging from 60lbs to over 700lbs. 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 under balloons and kites, chunking on the anchor or trolling.
The F/V SWEET DREAM is double rigged with outriggers and a green stick. For Giant Tuna Fishing we will troll up to 5 130 pound set ups. We can troll up to 7 rods in our tuna fishing spreads for school tuna when the conditions call for trolling. This means more baits in the water and we raise more fish and get more bites. For school tuna we troll or fish with live bait on 50lb and 70lb standup style fishing tackle using newer PENN V and VIS 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. Check out our giant tuna video for a taste of the action. 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 extreme jigging techniques to catch these smaller fish.
Check out this charter party catching a fish of a life time. A 960 pound, 118 inch giant bluefin tuna!
What does the final few minutes look like when battling a giant Bluefin tuna? This video puts you right in the cockpit of the F/V SWEET DREAM with us!