As a first-class tuna fishing tournament, the Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza combines highly-skilled anglers from all over the Northeast in a contest of competition, comradery, and fun.
The Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza Tuna Tournament is recognized as a501(c)(3) charitable organization. Understanding the importance and reward of giving back to our communities, we are committed to the purpose of raising funds in support of educational scholarships and critical Bluefin Tuna Research. To that end, we use all donations made by charity auction goers, raffle ticket buyers, and our sponsors for a scholarship fund to support students in Maine’s Community Colleges and other deserving entities.
The 2020 Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza was a huge success!!
Thank you to all of the Volunteers, Sponsors, and Captains!
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Location: Spring Point Marina
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Vessel Arrival
5:00 p.m. Captain’s Check-in and Meeting (Mandatory)
Review of Rules and Regs
Thursday, August 5, 2021
12:00am Fishing Begins (Lines in the water) and continues until August 8th
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Location: Spring Point Marina
4:00 p.m. Fishing Closes (Lines out of water)
6:00 p.m. Official Scales Close
7:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Letter from the President
This has been a challenging year, to say the least, but the folks who plan our annual event are no strangers to challenges. Efforts for the 2019 Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza didn’t even begin until April of last year yet somehow we were able to not only muster up enough support, but to pull off a successful event and raise enough money to offer scholarships to students at each of Maine’s seven community colleges.
Not wanting to repeat that frenetic pace we got off to an early start in 2020 and were well ahead of schedule and ready to shift into cruise control when COVID hit. The months ahead were filled with question marks but we forged on. Again we were not without detractors and cynics who said we couldn’t, or shouldn’t hold our event. Ultimately, it was the fishing community, the participants and their unwavering support and encouragement that convinced us to go forward.
It is thanks to them, and the generous sponsors that we were again able to pull off a tournament that far exceeded anyone’s expectations. Despite all the economic hardship and uncertainty, we had more boats wanting to register than we could accommodate, and had to put some on the alternates list. And despite a much smaller list of donors and supporters, we even raised more money.
When the final accounting was done, our committee met and voted to double our support for community colleges while also establishing an endowment that will grow over time and hopefully support the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges in perpetuity. We even had enough left over to provide a scholarship that will support one of Walt Golet’s interns at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
As you read this we’re already working on the 2021 event and hopefully a return to something resembling normal.
Tight lines and best of luck,
The CBBB Committee and Board of Directors
Bob Humphrey – President
We are extremely grateful to the efforts and contributions made by our sponsors. With your help, we are able to improve the access to secondary education for students across Maine at each of Maine's Community Colleges, and promote critical Bluefin Tuna Research. Thank you for your generosity!
Casco Bay Lines
End Game Tuna Gear
Kittery Trading Post
People's Choice Credit Union
Saco Bay Stripers
Saco Bay Tackle
Saco Biddeford Savings
SeaTow Portland Midcoast
Tom Clopton (Rod Doc)
Yankee Marina & Boatyard
Bayside Print Services
Boston Red Sox