SHOP FEATURED FISHING GUIDES SHOP By: wfn Capt. Matthew Panuska - Cheticamp, Nova Scotia Meet Captain Matthew Panuska of Dawn Treader Tuna Charters in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia How long have you been a guide? I’ve been a guide for two years. What species of fish do you primarily target? Bluefin tuna, exclusively. What led to you becoming a guide? I was a commercial tuna fisherman for many years, but unfortunately, our annual quota kept getting cut, to the point where it wasn’t really financially feasible to make a living that way. My main passion in life has always been tuna fishing, and becoming a guide just made sense. It was the only way to keep fishing for a living, and that’s what I always want to do. What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into guiding? The best piece of advice I could give to someone who wants to become a guide is, simply, to never get discouraged. You’re not always going to have as much success as you’d like, and they key is to hang in there and never give up. It always helps to do your homework and go scouting on a regular basis. Fishing is never static, especially tuna fishing, and the spawn is always shifting. You have to figure out where the fish are, and where they’re going to be. What’s your most memorable fishing story from your time as a guide? Oh man, there’s a lot, but one that stands out in particular – we hooked a huge tuna and fought it for, believe it or not, more than 10 hours. And in the end, we didn’t land it. That was definitely a hard pill to swallow. Where does the majority of your business come from? Our business comes almost exclusively from online sources – our website, Facebook, and ReserveFishing.com. What’s the most rewarding part about being a guide? Well, like I said, tuna fishing is my favourite thing in life, so making my living from it is something of a dream come true. Aside from that, introducing people to the rush of tuna fishing is an awesome feeling. The memory of catching a tuna is something that they’ll always carry with them. Do you have a personal ‘bucket list’ of fishing trips or experiences? Oh yeah – I’d love to fish the Amazon basin. I’d love to go fishing for Nile perch – those are some freaky looking fish. And I’d also like to try my hand at tarpon fishing.