This is the Bluefin Blowout. Highlights 2017.

My video highlights of this year’s #bluefinblowout tournament. Lots of fish, lots of laughs, lots of money earned, and…most importantly…lots of money raised for the Alzheimer’s Association.  A huge congratulations to the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group including Warren Waugh, Cidalia Schwartz, Kruti Kansara, and the rest of their team, as well as, Drew Hale, and Rob Bouley!

Bluefin Blowout, Final Results

With more than a dozen and close to twenty fish landed in all…and eleven fish presented for official weigh-in…this year’s Bluefin Blowout was one for the record books.  Long story short…if you didn’t make it down this year…be sure to make it next year.  Eight fish came in Friday night (see post here) and three more came in on Saturday…those fish are show in the photos below.

Drew Hale and Rob Bouley were, as always, a huge presence and an integral part of the event’s massive success.  Warren Waugh and his Lyon-Waugh Auto Group team, led by Cidalia Schwartz, took over the reigns (or reels) this year and pulled off four days of back to back tremendous events.  The tournament is clearly geared to the captains and crews who pay for entry, but thanks to a million little (and big) details, the Bluefin Blowout is an event that all of Cape Ann can enjoy in a variety of ways.  Food, drinks, music, vendors, family activities, games, contests, and more make Cape Ann’s Marina Resort the place to be all weekend long.  On that note, anyone would be remiss to not mention Tobin and Drew Dominick, as well as, Joe Loiacano and their entire staff for being truly all hands on deck for this event. It should not go unnoticed just how much effort it takes to pull all of this off.  Scott Marshall, the official Weigh Master from Compass Seafood, worked non-stop to clean the fish for official weigh-in for 4 hours straight on Friday and was back at it on Saturday.   Ipswich Clambake, with some pretty spectacular teamwork, executed some giant meals for some pretty hungry crews. And…of course, Goslings, Titos, and Bud Light kept everyone well hydrated.  A super important…and much appreciated job. DJ Scottie Macthe official voice of the Bluefin Blowout, was there keeping the crowd enthusiastic all weekend long and it wouldn’t be the same without him. Ipswich Bay Cornhole League helped add to the fun during Saturday’s tournament hours.

Not only were the fish big, but the money raised for the Alzheimer’s Foundation was even bigger….and as exciting as it is to watch the giant bluefin back into the dock…at the end of the day, the charity is what matters the most.  In the midst of some fantastic fishing and TONS of laughter…everyone was keenly aware that the real task at hand was to raise that money.  So many people, most notably Warren Waugh of the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group, stepped up BIG time!  I hesitate to list all of the amazing acts of kindness because I know I’ll miss some, but I watched captains donate dollars based on the size of their boats, I watched Captains donate the proceeds from the sale of their fish, and I watched winning captains donate back a portion of their tournament take.  So many sponsors and vendors offered up unbelievably generous items for both the silent and live auctions….and as gifts for the captains and crews.  Captain Steve Mscisz and his family donated their home on Nantucket to the live auction, Anthony Caturano and Tonno Restaurant along with Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken are providing two evenings of culinary perfection to the winning bidders, Lyon-Waugh auctioned off a weekend long Porsche rental to the two top bidders, and Three Lantern Marine and Fishing donated some pretty impressive tuna rods…along with so many other fishing supplies.  Captain TJ Ott also offered up his boat, the Hot Tuna (of Wicked Tuna fame) for a private charter after production ends this season!  The list truly goes on and on.

Several other people and organizations need to be thanked so please take a moment to check out the sponsor page at

Monies raised? you may ask…..   Well, the live auction alone raised more than $21,000 for Alzheimer’s!  The silent auction, while I’m not certain of the exact number yet, brought in a substantial amount more.

The money collected for the Tournament Daily Jackpot was $11,600 and 10% of that also went to the Alzheimer’s foundation.

The final results for the Bluefin Blowout look like this:

Sweet Caroline III, Captain Alan Murray and crew. 540 pounds

Took home $15,000 for their 1st place fish as well as a watch and a nautical clock both from Long’s Jewelers and a Zombait Lure.   A two-year lease of an Audi A3…valued at $12,000 thanks to Lyon-Waugh.

Kelly Ann, Captain Mauro Dibacco and crew. 472 pounds  

Took home $6500 for their 2nd place fish as well as a watch and a nautical clock both from Long’s Jewelers and a Zombait Lure.  The Kelly Ann also won Friday’s Daily Jackpot equaling $5,000.

Final Offer, Captain Steve Mscisz and crew. 420 pounds

Took home $3750 for their 3rd place fish as well as a watch and a nautical clock both from Long’s Jewelers and a Zombait Lure.

Fat Tuna, Captain Bob Cook and Crew, 396 pounds

Took home won Saturday’s Daily Jackpot equaling $5,000.

Duck Soup, Captain Alan Petrucci Sr. and crew. 334 pounds

Shark Bait, Captain James Dolan and crew, 288 pounds

Whistler, Captain Kevin Granfield and crew. 285 pounds

Lily, Captain Bill Muniz (Hollywood) and crew, 282 pounds

Subdivider, Captain Johnny Johnson and crew, 276 pounds

Tonno, Captain Anthony Caturano and crew, 266 pounds

Rally Cap, Captain Alex Gonzalez and crew, 249 pounds

Here are some photos from Saturday’s festivities


Friday’s Bluefin Blowout Results

Weigh-in at this year’s Bluefin Blowout opened at 5:00 last night…with the first boat arriving at the dock around 6:15.  Eight boats and eight recorded weights later, and it was very close to 10:00 pm.  The boats arrived back at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort one after the other, all evening long.

This year’s entries are off to an unbelievable start with more than a dozen fish already on ice and some guaranteed fish hitting the scale tomorrow as well.

Friday’s Results look like this:

Sweet Caroline, Captain Alan Murray and crew. 540 pounds

Kelly Ann, Captain Mauro Dibacco and crew. 472.  (Friday’s Daily Jackpot Winner)

Final Offer, Captain Steve Mscisz and crew. 420 pounds

Duck Soup, Captain Alan Petrucci Sr. and crew. 334 pounds

Whistler, Captain Kevin Granfield and crew. 285 pounds

Lily, Captain Bill Muniz (Hollywood) and crew, 282 pounds

Tonno, Captain Anthony Caturano and crew, 266 pounds

Rally Cap, Captain Alex Gonzalez and crew, 246 pounds

FIVE. 5 Bluefin Tuna Landed at the Bluefin Blowout.

Fish on…and on…and on…and on…and on.   FIVE fish landed and due in for weigh in later this afternoon.  That means A LOT of excitement and action down at Cape Ann’s Marina and Resort for this year’s 6th Annual Bluefin Blowout!

See  you there!


Fun Guaranteed. Giant Tuna Expected. Bluefin Blowout 2017.

This is, without a doubt, the place to be this weekend…starting early this afternoon. Check out the schedule of events in the first few photos below.  Wednesday night’s private event was fantastic…and last night’s Captains’ Party was no joke at all.

Be certain to come down at some point, have a great time, and maybe bid on some auction items to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association! The Lyon-Waugh Auto Group has gone all out and, as always, Cape Ann’s Marina Resort is the perfect venue.

Captains and crews left the docks late last night or early this morning and hopefully some large tuna will be landed later today.

The New and Improved Aqua Room at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort

We’ve been a little bit lost for the last several months while the Aqua Room at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort has been undergoing some pretty sizable renovations.  With the windows and doors covered, exactly what had been going on inside has been quite a mystery. Which, I’ll admit, has only added to the excitement for two little swimmers that I know well.  Finn, in fact, may or may not be guilty of peeking through little gaps in the window coverings to try to get a sneak peak.

Well, the wait is over.  The Aqua Room is now open. And…just in time for a long weekend!  I had the opportunity to take a look around on Monday afternoon and was completely impressed with the changes and improvements that have happened!

Some of those improvements are noticeable the second you walk through the doors. Whiter, brighter walls and new windows help let natural light in. The bar has been built up has undergone quite a facelift making it an even more appealing place to sit with friends. The brand new jacuzzi is gorgeous and the new pool deck is spotless. The pool itself has been completely resurfaced and has new tile.  Colored lights under the water’s surface change from blue, to green, to red, to white giving the pool a sleek and polished finish. The restrooms and locker rooms have undergone improvements including some geared to the youngest swimmers. All of this is easy to spy and looks beyond great.

What isn’t easy to see, but is equally…if not more…important, are the major steps that have been taken to ensure that the aqua room environment and pool water is the best it can possibly be year round.  With a brand new, state of the art, pool filtration system, the perfect combination of saltwater and chlorine treatment for the water, new heating, and even a brand new sound system, they have thought of it all.

We have always loved stopping by the pool for a swim and lunch or dinner.  The Aqua Room has been a staple on our list of easy get togethers with friends and hockey teams…and the absolutely perfect escape on rainy or stormy days.  We clock some serious time there and always have a great day.

Day passes, punch card passes, and individual and/or family memberships are available to fit everyone’s needs and budgets. The pool is open daily from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. The children’s pool hours have also been extended to Fridays and Saturdays 11am-10pm; Sundays-Thursdays 11am -8pm.

Mile Marker One continues to serve both lunch and dinner at the tables surrounding the pool and now includes new menu items as well. In addition, COMING SOON, will be the newly enclosed year-round River Deck dining area overlooking boat slips and the Annisquam River.

I am so excited to start spending some lazy afternoons in the company of good friends while watching the boys swim and play with their best buddies.  I am thankful for the measures that the owners/management of Cape Ann’s Marina Resort have put into renovations that will help build community in such a clean and safe environment. We are fortunate to have the Aqua Room as an option for family entertainment….now more than ever.


This is the Bluefin Blowout

With four fish landed, lots of  money raised, fantastic music, delicious food and drinks, and a good time had by all, I’d say this year’s Bluefin Blowout was a pretty big success.

If you weren’t able to make an appearance, here is a little video to show you what you missed.

Bluefin Blowout

Fat Tuna Brings in a Pretty Fat Tuna

The 2nd fish in at this year’s Bluefin Blowout was landed by Fat Tuna!  Congratulations.

A beautiful fish weighing in at 412 pounds was just a little too small to take the lead from Shark Bait….and was soon outweighed by the Miss Fern’s 536 pound fish that hit the dock just 15 minutes later.  Good showing though!

Bluefin Blowout: Bidding, Free Samples, Music, and Fun Under the Tent. Now.

At least two fish on their way in, but even before that happens there is a lot of fun to be had down here at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort and the Bluefin Blowout.  The bar is open for business, some vendors are in the house, and the silent auction is bursting with fantastic items!  Tonno is serving up samples….and Lyon-Waugh has some sweet vehicles on display. Scottie Mac is playing some great music and the anticipation is building.

Bluefin Blowout



Live From the Bluefin Blowout

Big happenings here at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort and Mile Marker 1.

The Bluefin Blowout is under way and promises a weekend full of fun!

Come have a great time and support an even greater cause. This year the tournament is donating funds to The Alzheimer’s Foundation.

See the full calendar of events and read more about the organizers, sponsors, and history at the link below.

Bluefin Blowout

We have our first fish!  

Congratulations to Captain James Dolan and his crew!  Shark Bait has officially weighed in the first fish of this year’s tournament.

A  beautiful 485 pound and 95 inch bluefin tuna!

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Nichole’s Picks 8/6 + 8/7

Pick #1:  2016 Bluefin Blowout


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FRIDAY| AUGUST 5 – Open to the Public

  • 12:00 AM – Boats permitted to leave dock
  • 6:00 PM – Weigh In Opens
  • 9:00 PM – Weigh In Closes
  • 8:00PM-11:00 PM – Live Music– Groove Therapy

SAT | AUGUST 6 – Open to the Public

  • 1:00PM – 4:00PM
    • Music, Food and Cocktails served under the tent
    • Live tuna demonstration by Tonno, Gloucester
    • Silent auction and 50/50 to benefit Alzheimer’s
  • 3:00 PM – Weigh In Opens
  • 6:00PM– Dinner
  • 6:30PM– Awards
  • 8:00 Live & Silent Auction
  • 8:30-12:00 PM – Live Music- Herland Brothers

SUN | AUGUST 7 – Open to the Public

Brunch & Bloody Mary’s at the Cape Ann Marina / Mile Marker 1

Pick #2:  Gloucester Blue Festival


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Saturday, August 6 2016



Pick #3:  The Salem Maritime Festival


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The 2016 Salem Maritime Festival will be hosted on the weekend of August 5th, 6th and 7th!
Celebrate ships, sailors, and song at this annual free family festival! Hosted by the National Park Service, which is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary, the festival features live music, historical reenactors, harbor cruises, demonstrations, interactive programs, arts, crafts, and more! Join us for Free family fun! (Schedule subject to change.) Festivities will begin Friday evening and will extend through Sunday afternoon! The Salem Maritime Festival is hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site in cooperation with the Essex National Heritage Commission.

Event Contact Information
Salem Visitor Center (978) 740-1650

Festival Hours:

Friday, August 5: 3 PM to 8 PM (Dockside Vessels and Live Music)

Saturday, August 6: 10 AM to 7 PM (Exhibitors and Demonstrators 10 AM to 5 PM)

Sunday, August 7: 11 AM to 5 PM

Harbor Cruises

One of the most popular features of the Salem Maritime Festival is the free 90-minute boat rides around Salem Harbor. On Saturday, August 6, festival goers can enter a series of raffles for a chance to set sail in Salem’s harbor. We will start taking lottery entries at around 10:30 AM. Participants can set sail on the following vessels:

Schooner Adventure, built in 1926 and located at Maritime Gloucester (Sail time 2:15 PM)
Schooner Ardelle, an authentic Cape Ann Vessel from Gloucester (Sail times 12:15 PM and 1:45 PM)
Sea Shuttle’s Endeavour, learn about marine science of Salem Sound (Sail times 12:30 PM and 2:15 PM)
Schooner Fame, a full-scale replica of a War of 1812 Privateer (Sail times 12:00 PM and 1:15 PM)

In addition to the harbor cruises, Coast to Coast Paddle will guide participants on paddleboarding and kayaking adventures in Salem Harbor!


As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 6/11 + 6/12

Pick #1: Strawberry Festival at Mile Marker One

Read all about it HERE

Always a lot of fun!  Great for kids…and their grown-ups too.


Pick #2:  Wee Woodland Fairy Festival at the Wenham Museum

Saturday, June 11 from 10:00-3:00

The fairy festival is included with admission to the museum…or  upgrade to the Premium Tea Party for $10 per child.


Read all about it and register HERE



Pick #3:  BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course at Jordan’s Furniture


Experience the thrill of traveling from one activity to the next.  Test your agility and balance, as you make your way across our exclusive, one-of-a-kind sky ropes course. Head up 12 or 24 feet and step off onto zig zag beams, crisscross angled rope ladders, and hold tight for spaghetti hand lines.  Walk the plank at 24 feet where you travel out on a 6 inch standalone beam, only to pivot ever so perfectly and return.

Admission Prices:
BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course (with Zip Line) – $12.50
BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course (without Zip Line) – $10.50
Must be at least 48″ tall or 42″ if accompanied by a chaperone.

BeanSprout Adventure Ropes Course – $6.25
Must be less than 48″ tall.


As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid.

The New and Improved Mile Marker One

As is often my go-to on rainy weekend days, I headed to the pool at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort yesterday.  You have heard me say this before, but it is a total score if you are a parent of a  young child…especially ones that can swim confidently on their own.

We were there for a little over four hours, the kids swam, we ate lunch, and hung out with friends.

We always have great, easy, inexpensive fun there and that has only become better with their new and improved menu by the pool AND the great renovations outside!  Today I ordered the strawberry summer salad, the boys had the chicken tenders with the world’s BEST honey mustard, and we shared the cheese trio plate with havarti, manchego, and brie….and mango slaw + pita chips.

I love hanging out with the boys, but I can’t wait to go back hit the raw bar, have some yummy drinks, hear some music, and sit by the water with some friends too.

Nichole’s Picks 1/23 + 1/24

This post should really be about how my comcast/xfinity cable + Internet hasn’t been working consistently for the past couple of weeks….but, rather, I’ll just throw that out there as an explanation for the fact that I missed a post yesterday and am only giving you one option for a weekend activity.  On that note, however, please refer to Joey’s post from yesterday highlighting North Shore Kid’s awesome list of sledding destinations!

My pick for the weekend is something that I wrote about several times last winter….the pool at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort!   I always take advantage of the school vacation week packages and purchase a 3 month membership during the longest part of the winter!

The kids love the pool…and, I’m not going to lie, I love that I can sit there with friends and have a drink while the kids have a blast.  Another win is that the food is great too…and reasonably priced.   Monday is “1/2 Price Appetizer” Night.  So, throw in a hummus platter and some chicken tenders and “dinner” came to just over $11!  If you don’t want to purchase a pass,  there is simply a $10 fee per child to enjoy the pool.

Cape Ann Marina Resort