Wedgeport Tuna Fishing tournaments Past and Present

Creator(s): Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum and Interpretative Centre

From 1935 to the mid-1960s, Wedgeport was the Sport Tuna Fishing capital of the world. In 1937, Wedgeport saw the birth of the International Tuna Cup Match, in which 28 different countries participated. The international tournament drew anglers, writers, and photographers from all over the world. It was perhaps Nova Scotia's biggest tourist attraction. Charter boats were busy from late June to October chasing bluefins. The tournament stopped being held in South West Nova Scotia in 1976 due to lack of fish.

In 2004, twenty-eight years after the tuna tournament was cancelled, there was a revival. The Wedgeport Tuna Tournament & Festival has been a success since its revival, becoming an annual event. It gets larger each year, attracting more fishermen from diverse places in the world and larger crowds making it a success each year!

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