Tuna are large and tasty saltwater game fish. There is no doubt that most of the tuna species get gigantic and the larger sizes make them a big game fishing target. There are several species of tuna including the albacore, black fin, skipjack and blue fin. You can catch tuna in coastal estuary waters, but most anglers pursue tuna offshore.
Before you even think about pulling away from the docks, you should gather information such as recent fish counts reported by other captains, popular fishing locations which have been producing numerous hookups and current water surface temperatures. Additionally, you should monitor the weather closely to determine if there are any possibilities of thunder storms in your area
One of the most popular methods of fishing for tuna is trolling. Trolling is completed with feather jigs, miniscule squid imitations, live or fresh dead bait and even hard bodied lures. The layman who has little fishing experience should know that trolling is a method of fishing where eight or more fishing lines, baited with lures or bait fish are drawn through the water behind a moving boat.
Searching for tuna can be an exciting adventure. It can also be very frustrating unless you know what you’re looking for. In the summer you will find it not as hard to find schools of tuna. During this time the tuna stay near the surface of the water while hunting for schools of bait fish. In the winter, the tuna tend to go down deeper in to the water and seldom venture up to the surface. It should also be kept in mind that tuna fishing is better in low light conditions, for example in the late afternoon.
Another popular method for catching tuna is to drift (or anchor) and start a chum line (burley trail) and wait for the fish to show. Every time the fish arrive the anglers send a baited hook in to the trail to tempt the fish in to biting. Chum or bait fish styled flies also work well in this situation.
Sight casting miniscule lures or flies to tuna is also popular in some parts of the world and can be a very effective method for catching tuna.
It should also be kept in mind that when tuna is hit, they hit hard, usually hooking themselves, and yanking the line off the reel at a speedy rate. If the line becomes slack, the fish is probably swimming toward the boat. In such cases you should reel in the slack rapidly, and make sure the hook is set. Always keep the line tight. A truly large fish might give you the fight of your life, battling for as long as several hours before it wins by snapping the line or leader, or you may be the winner by getting it on board the boat.
If you’ve picked some pointers about Tuna that you can put into action, and then by all means, do so. You won’t really be able to gain any benefits from your new knowledge if you don’t use it.