HNSITT  2021 – Sept 18-22

Hi everyone, the registrations for the 2021 Halifax Nova Scotia International Tuna Tournament took place from 5-6 p.m. on the South Battery Pier at Bishop’s Landing in Halifax on Friday the 17th of September (rain alternate location Alexander Keith’s Brewery atrium area). 

Due to Covid restrictions and an abundance of caution only the Captain’s, or 1 designated crew member are invited.  This Modified Registration is to pass on Tuna Tags, ICCAT forms, vessel trackers and detailed instructions on communications and tuna landing procedures to all teams.  No formal social gathering Captains Meeting will take place this year. 

Tuna landings will be at the Oceanview Fisheries docks in Sambro with only the Captain allowed off the vessel to complete necessary documentations.  There will be no public viewings allowed.

Note to Teams:  Please send photos and any comments and good fishing stories to HITT@bluefintournament.ca so that I will be able to update this 2021 results page as the tournament progress’s.  Thanks from the webmaster.

13 Teams entered this years tournament (listed below) and had representatives present to pick up their registrations packages for this year.  The packages included their initial tuna tag, ICCAT forms along with the DFO license conditions and logs forms to be filled out and returned to DFO at completion of the tournament.  In addition there were vessel tracker units and updated instructions for the tournament.  The Halifax Tuna Tournament Society Board members included Vic Heniss and wife Biruta as master organisers for the tournament and Fred Voegeli to explain the rules and details of this years program.  Below are a few photos of the restricted meeting held on Bishop’s Landing wharf.


Team Representatives collecting at Bishop’s Landing for the 2021 Captain’s Meeting


Fred Voegeli outlining the rules and passing out the vessel trackers units


HITT Board members Vic Heniss, Greg Mombourquette and Fred Voegeli discussing the tournament outlines.






Teams Entered 2021 year: 

Team Name Captain Vessel Name
Contender James Smith/Ross Argante The Contender
Edge Dave Edgecombe Blu
Blind Strike Gerard Mombourquette Blind Strike
Jacobite Michael Martell Jacobite
Mad Dad Roddie MacCuspic Mad Dad
Ripley’s Believe It Calvin Ripley Ripley’s Believe It
Fin Addict Brad Bethell Zacapa
Shell Code Travis Barlow Delphi
Chasing Tail Don Cameron Nauticare
Lobsters R Us John Martell Lilah Sophia
Gaffer Fred Voegeli Gaffer
Reel Deal Derek Hale Reel Deal
Rubber Boot Band.FS Reagan Henneberry My Other Honey

2021 Results Summary: 

Weights in Pounds.

Team Name Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Contender     363    
Edge 445   613    
Blind Strike     696    
Mad Dad     477    
Ripley’s Believe It          
Fin Addict 541        
Shell Code          
Chasing Tail          
Lobsters R Us 408   560    
Gaffer     455    
Reel Deal 522   545    
Rubber Boot Band.FS       511  
Daily Totals
1916 0 3709 511 0
Cumulative Totals (lbs)         6136

 Day 1 – Saturday (18th) Result

On day one of the tournament 13 boats all hailed out and started a great day of fishing with a light fog in the morning that cleared off and resulted in a beautiful late summer day with light southwesterly winds and calm seas.

Four fish were caught through the day and at this point I have little detail to report and I hope more info and/or photos will come in from the various teams.

Team Reel Deal caught a 522 lb. Tuna that I believe was the first fish secured this year at around 10:30 – 11:00 (to be confirmed).  They arrived at Sambro to deliver their fish at approximately 3:45 p.m.

Team Reel Deal’s 522 lb tuna

Team Fin Addict on their vessel Zacapa delivered a 541 lb tuna shortly thereafter around 4:05 p.m.

Team Fin Addict with their 541 lb tuna

Team Edge caught a 445 lb tuna which was the third fish delivered to OceanView Fisheries in Sambro at about 4:20 p.m.

Team Edge with their 445 lb tuna

Finally Team Lobsters R Us on their vessel Lilah Sophia delivered a 408 lb tuna to Sambro at approximately 18:30 to complete the catches of the day.



 Day 2 – Sunday (19th) Results

No Fishing today.

We regretfully inform you that we halted the tournament until Monday September 20th due to the forecast weather.  

We are also experiencing challenges at this time in Sambro with the ability to land fish on Sunday due to a potential logistics issue with the commercial fleet in the area.


Day 3- Monday (20th) Results

Day 3 of the tournament was bright and sunny with light winds and relatively calm seas.  All 13 registered boats hailed out between 06:00 and 07:30 in the morning.  Initially half the boats headed for the Eastern Shore and half initially set up off Sambro and Chebucto Head.  The bite was in the east so through the day most of the boats ended up fishing the Eastern Shore.

By 3 pm two fish had been caught earlier and delivered to the Sambro offloading facility at Oceanview fisheries.

First was Team Edge on vessel Blu who delivered their second fish which was a 613 lb tuna.

The second fish delivered as by Team Contender on Nijinsky with a 363 lb fish.

Around 3 pm Team Reel Deal delivered fish #2 which was a 545 lb tuna.

Team Reel Deal with their 545 lb second fish

That was followed shortly thereafter with Team Blind Strike delivering a monster 696 lb tuna.

Team Blind Strike with their 696 pounder.

After some delays for commercial loading activity, Team Gaffer dropped off a 455 lb tuna around 5:30 in the afternoon.

Team Gaffer’s 455 lb tuna

Immediately after that Team Lobsters R Us on Lilah Sophia delivered a nice 560 lb tuna as their second fish of the tournament.

Team Lobsters R Us with their 560 lb second fish

The last fish of the day and the 11th of the tournament (extra quota) was delivered to Oceanview by Team Mad Dad with a 477 lb tuna.

Team Mad Dad with their 477 lb tuna

As the Halifax Tuna Tournament Society had secured an additional two tags for this year’s tournament and 11 fish had been caught to date, it was decided that on day 4 only the teams that had not caught a fish would be allowed to continue fishing for the last available tag for donation to the IWK.

Day 4- Tuesday (21st) Results

Day 4 has started with beautiful sunshine and very light winds.  Two boats have hailed out. 

Team Rubber Boot Band.FS on their vessel My Other Honey landed a 511 lb tuna after a long battle that had them arriving at the Oceanview Fisheries wharf in Sambro at approximately 10:15 p.m.

This ended the 2021 Halifax Nova Scotia Tuna Tournament as all available 12 tuna tags have been filled with a total landed weight of 6136 lbs this year.


  Day 5- Wednesay (22nd) Results

No fishing all available tags filled.


Post Tournament Fishing Updates


Closing Ceremonies:

The closing ceremonies social gathering will not be held this year.  Final results will be posted on this website and winning teams will be notified.  Trophies will be sent to the winning teams after the tournament. 

Wayne Hoskin Memorial Trophy

The Wayne Hoskin Memorial Trophy is given out each year to the Team that lands the first Bluefin to be secured and logged by call in to Atlantic Catch Data (ACD) for donation to the IWK.

The winning team for this year of the Wayne Hoskin Memorial Trophy was Team: Reel Deal who hailed in the first fish secured alongside at 12:34 p.m. on Saturday.


First Place:  Team Blind Strike – 696 lbs.

Team members: Gerard Mombouquette (Captain), Greg Mombourquette, Patricia Martell, Kerry Gracie, David Doucette, and Dana Dorey.

Team Blind Strike with their 696 pounder.


Second Place:  Team Edge – 613 lbs.

Team members: David Edgecombe (Captain), Jeff Potter, Jim Lawley, Peter Maloney, Ben Maloney and Dave Greenwood.

Team Edge 2nd fish 613 lbs.


Third Place: Team Lobsters R Us – 560 lbs.

Team members: John Martell (Captain), Logan Cotie, Jeffery Martell, Aubrey Landry, Andy Marshall and Janelle Martell.

Team Lobsters R Us with their 560 lb second fish


The winning Team also received a 1st place Halifax Nova Scotia International Tuna Tournament keeper trophy along with an invitation to the Offshore World Championship Tournament in Quepos, Costa Rica which will be held April 24-29, 2022.  



Special thanks to Oceanview Fisheries for Tuna landing facilities, bait, fish processing and marketing as well as to all of our sponsors and donors for their support.

Particular thanks to our volunteers: Vic Heniss, Biruta Heniss and Fred Voegeli for their effort at the Captain’s meeting and throughout the tournament.



Below are the fish proceeds results for the 2021 catch.  Oceanview Fisheries handled marketing and shipping of all fish with a minimal charges for out of pocket costs to maximize donations to the IWK.  Net Price per Pound is market less the averaged shipping and handling cost for all fish.

Total proceeds including the Cash donations, Bait Sales and the portion of Registration Fees donated to the IWK amounted to $74,752.44 for the 2021 tournament.



On the ____ of ________ 2021 the Board of Directors Treasurer Greg Connor presented a cheque in the amount of $ 74,752.44 to ________________ the Relationship Manager, Community & Corporate Giving of the IWK Foundation.  Due to the Covid 19 restrictions a photo op presentation will be organised some time in early 2021/22.

This brings the HTTS 10 year cumulative donations to a total of $538,996.35 from running of the  Halifax Nova Scotia International Tuna Tournament.  We wish the IWK all the best and thank all participants, volunteers and sponsors for their hard work and generosity to make this year another great success.