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Old 12-16-2009, 06:21 PM   #11
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:25 PM   #12
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A tuna trip around here is 52 hours of boat ride, interrupted by 20 hours of fishing at it's finest. I love to deep jig, personally. It's easy on my tired back, and very rewarding when you get to clear the rail chasing your fish.
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Well like many tuna trips, unless you're off Stellwagen on Cape Cod, you drive out to sea for hours and hours and hours. Your muscles get cramped and your back aches from the uncomfortable ride. It's boring as heck and even the bean-bag chairs make you sore.

Then you're there.

This is a great time to stop and do some exercises. You need to limber up all those tight muscles. Most can't wait, and want to slay some blackfin tuna for chunk bait, which is OK, let 'em. But even if you're in "marathon shape," you should really stretch your muscles so you don't seize up later on. When you get to about the age of 50 or more, this makes even more sense.

Unless you have visual, which means large tuna breaking the water on top, you really want to start off jigging. This is a straight vertical drop using speed jigs, no casting except for a short flip. Be careful about getting strikes with your thumb on the reel - it can ruin your thumb for the trip, split it wide open. Fish the top 150 foot of water, sometimes lazy and sometimes fast.

If the fish aren't responding, time for some chunk. This goes piece by piece, not all at once or you'll attract sharks - about one per second or so is OK. Often this can "call" tuna to the top ... keep jigging up.

When and if tuna bust the top, you want a slightly different kind of rod meant for casting long distances. This is more like sight-casting and you have to aim 30 feet or so in front of a splash because tuna are speedsters. Poppers are very popular for this. If you don't have a sighting, throw long and rip, rip, rest, and then rip the remainder in. Some tuna will follow the lure remarkable close to the boat, just curious, or even hide underneath your boat.

If all else fails, try chunk on a hook. This is a bare S/S tuna hook so you need a fairly hefty size of blackfin meat or a whole hard-tail (hide the hook) so you can cast it a good ways. This is NOT popping or jigging, but desperate times require desperate actions! I am not so sure Kil would agree with me though.

Suddenly, the tuna will all seem to disappear. Hopefully it is not due to large schools or shark and barracuda - but they will move on after feeding for 20 minutes or longer. They seem to disappear, often in a direction that doesn't make any sense - like way behind the boat and way deep again, or a thousand yards left or right. Often they will not bite, and will set there stacked up like cordwood.

Give it a well-needed rest, take a break, clean the boat, get some water and some munchies, and start the whole process over again. Hopefully they will show some love, so every fisherman gets two YFT between 40 and 110 pounds, perchance a monster.

Remember that the Bigeye Tuna is making a come-back in the Gulf, and these can be quite deep (think deep jigging). They are nearly the same as YFT in the eating department, but usually below 100 feet to about as far as you have fishing line, some say 1000 feet. There may be some Bigeye records yet to be broken off Texas waters, although I honestly don't know that that record is today. Anyone know?
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:08 PM   #14
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52 hr. trip. Charter?? Who? Where? What to bring?? $$$ help...
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A tuna trip around here is 52 hours of boat ride, interrupted by 20 hours of fishing at it's finest. I love to deep jig, personally. It's easy on my tired back, and very rewarding when you get to clear the rail chasing your fish.
Hi Mont, Some fishermen in Gulf of Mexico might take it as granted. But there are very few places like Gulf of Mexico you can enjoy fine yellowfin popping/jigging at oil rigs. The 52 hour trip in Gulf of Mexico can be much better than 5 -7 day trips on long range boats out of San Diego.

I fished Capt Tomeney out of Forchon, LA, the Big E out of Freeport and Scat Cat and the Pelican fleet out of Port Aransas. They are not like long range boats out of San Diego, but are much better than East Coast party boats in terms of comfort and accommodations.
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Old 12-25-2009, 12:48 AM   #16
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Just grab a 52-60hr trip on the Scat cat or Big E (whichever is closer to you) take as much tackle as you can possibly carry and do whatever the people who are catching the fish are doing. All of the above advice is really good for techniques but, to learn "how" to tuna fish is a heck of a lot easier when your not worried about running/cleaning/watching the boat.
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Old 12-25-2009, 06:36 PM   #17
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Take a trip with the gear you have, there are always people who will help you out. You will want at least a 48 hour trip.
For jigs you'll need 7 to 14 ounce depending on current.
Hi Kil, just found this place.
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