Numbers of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna have grown rapidly off the south west coast in recent years. We encounter them frequently on our shark trips and in recent years have had a number of incidents of Bluefin by-catch on shark gear.
Thanks to a huge effort of a small team, led by Steve Murphy, in 2021 the UK Government introduced CHART 2021 - (Catch And Release Tagging), a science led programme where anglers assist in catching the fish. The programme was the first of its kind in the UK and is designed to improve our knowledge of this iconic species, including why they are in our waters in such large numbers.
Sowenna was selected as one of only 15 vessels part of CHART 2021 and therefore licensed to target Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. During the 2021 programme Dan and his anglers successfully caught and released 55 tuna across 26 fishing days.
We're delighted to say we've been accepted onto the 2022 CHART programme, which will run from late August to mid December this year.
With these fish ranging from 275 to 600lbs and more, they are in the 'fish of a lifetime’ class, making the south west one of the top Bluefin Tuna destinations in the world.
Bluefin Tuna are an incredibly powerful fish that push the gear and the angler to their absolute limits and will certainly provide you with an experience you will never forget.
If you want to take on the challenge of bringing one of these magnificent fish boat side during 2022, please get in touch.
Dates available are as follows:
Friday 2 Sept, Monday 24th and 31st October, 7th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 28th and 30th November, and the first two weeks of December.