The Mattanza

Mattanza Pompano Pic's 111The Mattanza is a new 51 foot Custom Carolina sportfisherman built by Heritage Boatworks Inc. in Marshallberg, NC.  Her Carolina design, cold-molded construction, and “Delta Conic” hull design provide the smoothest, most stable ride on the water today, even in Bermuda’s sometimes bumpy seas.  Mattanza is powered by two 660hp Cummins diesels and cruises along at 28 knots making her one of the fastest in the island’s charter fleet.

The salon is spacious and uncluttered for a boat of her size and features all the amenities of home; AC and Heat, T.V., DVD, XM stereo, oh, and Play station.  The galley has undercounter refrigeration and freezers and a microwave/convection oven for those wanting something hot while offshore.  The flybridge is very open and a great place to hang.

Mattanza is fully equipped for serious offshore fishing!  The super large cockpit can accommodate many anglers very comfortably.  She has the latest Furuno 3D electronics, Eskimo ice, 130lb fighting chair, and a huge refrigerated fish box to keep the catch chilled.  We feature the very best in tackle with everything from 20 – 130lb Shimano 2-speed conventional tackle as well as spinning and fly gear.

Where’d the name ‘Mattanza’ come from you’re wondering?

A Mattanza is a traditional way of catching schools of giant bluefin tuna in Sicily and Sardinia that dates back hundreds of years. Mattanzas take place each year in May and June using a complex system of nets that herd the tuna eventually into one net, called the “chamber of death” where they are harvested by the many fishermen surrounding the net.  The term “mattanza” comes from the old Spanish word, matar.  Today, unfortunately overfishing of bluefin by commercial interests has caused a dramatic decline in the number of mattanzas held each year. They are now primarily only found to the west of Sicily, among the Egadi Islands.