VESSEL: DAWN TREADER 1
This tuna charter was custom built in 2009 by the Captain himself. The Dawn Treader is a 45 foot fibreglass hull, perfectly suited for group big game tuna fishing. She's fitted with a state of the art fighting chair, and man, it's exciting! It brings the exhilarating experience of a giant bluefin tuna charter to a whole new level. The strength and dependability of the fighting chair add to it's appeal. The Dawn Treader 1 still looks shiny and new, fully equipped with a galley, bunks, cabin heater, fresh water, head and shower. The crew keeps it squeaky clean, ensuring an ultimate level of comfort. This tuna charter is also fitted with a cutting edge depth sounder and marine electronics. She's powered by 700 Lugger, equipped with a Sirius satellite radio, is Transport Canada approved and a model of proper safety standards..
CAPTAIN: MATTHEW PANUSKA
The captain of your big game tuna charter grew up in Inverness, NS. He was born while living on a boat and lived there until the age of 2. Having spent much of his early life competing in sport fishing events and fishing with his dad, he became hooked early on. Young as he is, Captain Matt has been bluefin tuna fishing for over 20 years. 11 years ago he became captain of the Skiplander and later of the Dawn Treader after it's inception in 2009. Matthew has become a successful commercial fisherman, having caught many tuna over 1000 lbs. during his career to date. His catches as a tuna charter captain have been just as auspicious. He knows how to put you on the big fish and has a blast doing it! Matthew also likes to hunt, surf, bike, play hockey, write music and play guitar.
FIRST MATE: JESSE RYAN
The first mate of your big game tuna charter grew up in both Newfoundland and Inverness, NS. Jesse has been fishing lobster, crab and tuna with the captain for over 11 years, but he's the first to admit that he has a special fondness for tuna fishing. He loves the hunt! Jesse excels in readiness and efficiency, playing a key role in all of the catches. He certainly knows how to find, bait and reel in these giants! Having also caught many tuna over 1000 lbs., this first mate is fanatic about giant bluefin tuna fishing. Jesse is married with 5 beautiful children. He is also a carpenter, having built many houses. When he's not fishing, he gets pumped to ski, play golf, write music and play guitar. Keep an eye out for Jesse on the nightime local live music scene!