John Gavin

Giant Bluefin Tuna Charters

Caption John Gavin is a second-generation commercial fisherman and co-owner of Giant Bluefin Tuna Charters, an award-winning charter fishing business he operates with his wife Chandra Gavin. Capt. John has been entrenched in the development of the bluefin tuna charter fishery since its inception in 2010 and has done various stage presentations about bluefin tuna fishing. John volunteers consistently on various industry boards and has traveled around the world attending international sportfishing shows and events while also exploring sportfishing in various exotic locations. Along with Chandra and his daughter Jenna they have accumulated three IGFA World Records for giant bluefin tuna. Capt. John has over 30 years experience fishing full time, over 25 of those as captain of his own vessel. His charter company also offers a variety of other at-sea experiences, with the goal of offering tourists a peek inside the life of a traditional maritime family.

Full day on board 45' FV Game Changer, 3 meals, all beverages, private groups only, fully customized, *catch and release, all tackle and equipment provided. Max 6 people.
*catch and retain optional at extra cost; must be arranged in advance

Mackerel Fishing:
3 hour tour aboard 45' FV Game Changer, beverages provided, private groups only, can be customized, all tackle provided. Max 12 people.

Other Tours:
Private customized tours aboard 45' FV Game Changer such as sunset cruises, sightseeing, etc also available. Max 12 people.

- Fishing Masters Fourth Class
- Limited Masters
- Graduate of the Gros Morne Institute for Sustainable Tourism's "Edge of the Wedge" program
- Captain for 3 International Game Fish Association bluefin tuna world records



Gear Type

Fishing gear provided


Drawing of a Bluefin Tuna
Bluefin Tuna  |  Thunnus thynnus
Drawing of a Mackerel
Mackerel  |  Scomber scombrus


Accessible Fishing Options Available
Group Fishing
Use of Boat

Credentials / Certifications

Professional NS Fishing Guide
First Aid
Food Handler Certification
Fire Arms
Hunters Safety