Landing a Tuna

A popular type of tuna is the Yellowfin, which is a tropical species that doesn’t travel quite as widely as other kinds of tuna. Yellowfin tuna are one of the strongest North American fish and it is not uncommon to find one that is 200 pounds. In addition, Yellowfin Tuna are the most colorful fish in the tuna family. They can often be recognized by their long second anal and dorsal fins. The way to locate schools of Yellowfin tuna is through trolling feather jigs. The fishing is similar to Albacore fishing (with the methods of chumming and using live bait to draw the school to the surface), but the tackle is much heavier and jigs are more commonly used once the school is actually located. However, Yellowfin have much the same eating habits as Albacore, which means that sardines and anchovies are among the best types of bait.

Another type of tuna that is often sought is the Bonito, which are small tuna that usually only weigh between three to six pounds. They can often be found off the coast of southern California and Baja. They are among the world’s most “fightingest gamefish.” They are not necessarily picky eaters, but Bonito are aggressive feeders. The best way to snag a Bonito Tuna is to utilize light tackle. The most common type of bait for Bonito Tuna is anchovies, but it is not uncommon to toss iron with something like a split tail scampi. In addition, the popularity of using the fly fishing method to snag Bonito is increasing.

The Bluefin Tuna is considered to be among the world’s most popular big game fish. It is highly prized for its flesh, which is popular for sushi and sashimi. It is also one of the fastest fish in the ocean, which makes it difficult to catch. Fresh baits are certainly the preferred choice among top fishermen. There are a variety that can be used to snag a Bluefin Tuna – among the most popular are herring, mackerel, squid, and pogies. It’s also important to take great care in how the bait is cut. Some fishermen prefer using the whole fish as bait, others cut it into strips, and still others will chunk it. It’s most crucial to keep the size of your bait consistent to the live bait that is swimming in the area.

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Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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