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14 Bluefin Landed During 19th Annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival

Above: The Aqua-Haulic III idles into place at the Wedgeport Breakwater wharf for the weigh-in. Kathy Johnson photo     It was the year for bluefin tuna at the 19th annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival, with the highest recorded weight in the tournament’s history for the 14 fish landed. “This year, the bluefin were by far the highest average weight per fish,” said Brandon Doucette, president of the Wedgeport Tuna Tournament Association. “We had four ...

Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival Set for Aug. 19 to 26

Above: Samples of bluefin tuna are graded before being shipped to market at the 2021 Wedgeport Tuna Festival and Tournament weigh-in. Kathy Johnson photo   All systems are a go for the 19th annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival, scheduled for Aug. 19 to 26. A total of 16 boats are expected to compete in the tournament. They will set sail for the 12-hour voyage to the fishing grounds on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. from the Wedgeport Breakwater Wharf in Lower Wedgeport. “They have ...

Wedgeport Tuna Tournament Reels in 200 Fish

Above photo: There were lots of tuna landed during the final weigh-in of the 18th annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival on Aug. 27. Kathy Johnson photo     A total of 200 tuna, including 11 bluefins, weighing a total of 19,053 pounds, were caught during the 18th annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival from Aug. 20–27. Sixteen fishing boats carrying 125 people participated in this year’s tournament, leaving for the fishing grounds on Aug. 23. Pending the ...

Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival on Tap for Aug. 20-27

Above: Samples of bluefin tuna are graded before being shipped to market at the 2021 Wedgeport Tuna Festival and Tournament weigh-in. Kathy Johnson photo     After a scaled back affair for the past two years due to COVID-19, the Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival will be back pre-pandemic style this year. “We’re excited to finally be planning on having a more normal Tournament and Festival this year,” says Brandon Doucette, president of the Wedgeport Tuna ...

Bluefin Tuna Tagged in 2012 Landed During Wedgeport Tournament

There was a reunion of sorts at the Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival this year when an Atlantic bluefin tuna that was tagged and released with a pop-up satellite archival tag by the Fin Seeker in waters off Port Mouton in October, 2012 was landed by the Claw Patrol on the last fishing day of the tournament. For Dr. Molly Lutcavage, director and founder of the Large Pelagics Research Center in Massachusetts, it was the highlight of this year’s tuna weigh-in. Dr. Molly, as she’s ...