Nova Scotia Monsters, Part 2: Episode 204

Aired: January 23, 2015
Online: July 26, 2015

I had a blast catching and kite-feeding half-ton bluefin tuna in Nova Scotia, Canada. Part 2 of 2.


Featured in this episode: Shimano Talica TAC50II Lever Drag 2 Speed and Tiagra TI130A reels, Shimano Terez Carbon Fiber Bent-Butt rod, PowerPro 130lb Hollow Ace line, AFTCO harness.

Fish & Aquatic Life

Featured in this episode: Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus), long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas), mackerel and herring for bait.


Thanks to Captains Steven Boyd and Andy Moyes of Steven’s Bluefin Tuna Charters. If you want to catch half-ton bluefin tuna, check them out!

Going Fishing? Carter’s Tips

If you’re planning a bluefin tuna trip you should consider your tackle. Most of these giants are caught on 130lb-class gear. I caught my first bluefin on the Shimano Tiagra TI130A from a chair, but then decided the Shimano Talica TAC50II, which boasts a 65lb drag, would be enough for these beasts. I wanted to feel the full pull of an Atlantic bluefin tuna on standup gear! So with my Talica TAC50II reel, a Terez bent-butt rod, and PowerPro 130lb Hollow Ace I did battle. I landed my first 700lb tuna in 30 minutes.

So if you’re looking to test yourself and your abilities, grab a Talica TAC50II and 80lb-class reel and try this on standup gear. You won’t be disappointed!

Be a responsible angler and don’t fish with gear that’s too light. In Nova Scotia I was releasing all these fish. The fight time is critical—you don’t want to fight a fish to exhaustion or it may die after you release it. Get him in, revive him, and release him. These great fish deserve to be in our oceans!



St. George’s Bay near Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.