Ask five amateur anglers how to catch more tuna and you will get five different answers. Some may prove somewhat effective, while others are simply a waste of yout time. Here are a few tuna fishing techniques that are guaranteed to help you catch more tuna.
If you are fishing for tuna some techniques have been proven to work better than others. Tuna typically bite better in lower lighting. In my experience, fishing in the early morning, or the late afternoon, tends to work best. Some days they bite early, some days they bite later. It goes without saying that you should never leave fish to find fish. Even if you are only catching Mahi Mahi, do not leave the area until you have caught your fill, or are looking for other challenges.
Trolling for tuna works extremely well. Typically using multiple lures, spread at least twenty feet apart works well. I like fishing for tuna using a basic ‘W Pattern’, which is basically 2 lines attached long to each outrigger, 2 shorter lines held flat and one long line with a green machine lure straight down the middle. Keep the green machine well back of any other lures.
If you are fishing squid bars make sure they are diamond shaped. Diamond shaped squid bars look very similar to the formation that schools of bait fish utilize for protection. When all else fails, be on the lookout for dolphins, whales or sharks. Large schools of tuna can often be found following these natural hunters. Additionally, it is always a good idea to look for diving birds, as this is usually a sign of large schools of bait fish.
Employing these tuna fishing techniques will help you catch more tuna.