Event began 47 years ago and will again host teams from around the world.
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
The Canada International Tuna Cup Challenge is celebrating its 47th birthday and will get underway today as teams arrive in North Lake, PEI – the tuna capital of the world! This year’s event will see 12 teams compete for the title.
Team Pescatours (Spain) and Captain Tory Bruce (Bruce Brothers Fishing) will be back to defend their title, but they will face stiff competition from eleven other teams. This year’s roster of anglers come from a diverse area once again this year, including Australia, Los Angeles/Hawaii, Connecticut, Ohio, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.
This year’s teams will be given PEI’s world class hospitality by our tremendous Charter Captains. Below is the list of competing teams and their Captains and vessels!
|Team||Charter Captain||Charter Vessel|
|Pascetours (Defending Champions)||Troy Bruce||White Water 99|
|Hook Line & Drinkers (2017 Runner-Up)||David Sansom||Tide and Time|
|Pink Lumberjacks of the Sea (2017 2nd Runner-Up)||Kurt Harris||Frayed Knot|
|Huronia||Carl Gallant||Just Crackin 07|
|Team Ohio||Craig Veld||Lady Dawn|
|Salmon Kings||Wayne Campbell||Shelling it out Again|
|Aussie Bluefin Battlers||Jamie Bruce||Tuna Clipper ‘18|
|Dirty Little Oars||Bruce Keus||North Lake Breeze|
|C Lions||Ernest MacPhee||Lefthander|
|Desjardins||Terry Mallard||East Point Sunrise|
|Flying Fish||Ross Keus||Neptuna|
|TTF Pirates||Tony MacDonald||L’il Miss Maddy|
The Cup gets underway on Wednesday evening with an opening reception and then the teams will have three full days of some of the world’s finest tuna fishing! The event will conclude on Saturday evening with the closing Dinner & Awards Banquet where the hardware will be handed out.
The Canada International Tuna Cup Challenge works with the PEI Tuna Charter Association to ensure rules and regulations adhere to the Standardized Catch & Release Plan for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna as outlined by Fisheries & Oceans Canada. Each team is permitted to catch and release 2 tunas per day (6 in total for the event). Points are assigned based on 100 points for each fish landed and released and one point per inch in length. The winner shall be the team with this most points over the 3 days.
The 2018 Canada International Tuna Cup Challenge is presented by Costa Sunglasses and is sponsored by: Vernon d’Eons Fishing Supplies, Milligan’s Fisheries, Souris Credit Union, Fair Isle Ford, Quinn’s Marine, Mermaid Marine, Souris Home Hardware, Atlantic Electronics, Bradley Handrahan, Provincial Boat & Marine Ltd and the Town of Souris. The event is also funded by Innovation PEI, Tourism PEI and PEI Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
For event updates, the Tuna Cup Challenge is on social media on Facebook @TunaCupChallenge.