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Wedgeport Tuna Fishing tournaments Past and Present
Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum and Interpretative Centre
Lower Wedgeport , Nova Scotia

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   From 1935 to the mid-
1960s, Wedgeport was the
Sport Tuna Fishing capital of
the world. What attracted the
bluefin tuna close to the
shores of Wedgeport was the
abundance of baitfish, making
the Tusket River and the Tuna
Rip excellent tuna fishing
grounds. Attempts to land

bluefin tuna with rod and
reel started in the early
1930s, but no successful
landings were recorded.
   Rod and reel tuna fishing
officially began in 1935 when
Michael Lerner, accompanied
by his guide Tommy Gifford,
were told there were plenty
of tuna off Wedgeport.

Stanley LeBlanc of Wedgeport
had been trying to promote
tourism and tuna fishing when
big game angler Michael
Lerner and his guide Tommy
Gifford showed up in 1935.
There are varying accounts as
to what happened next, but
all agree Lerner and Gifford
landed Bluefin tuna and told

the world about it.
   Two years later, in 1937,
Wedgeport saw the birth of
the International Tuna Cup
Match organized by S. Kip
Farrington, Jr. 28 different
countries participated in the
International Tuna Cup Match.
The international tournament
drew anglers, writers, and

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