Finding Tuna

You might be the luckiest angler in the world, you might have the best boat and the highest quality and most appropriate equipment, but if you can’t find the schools of tuna, it all counts for nothing. So the first thing you need to do, after you’ve got that great equipment etc., is to find the fish.  There are known tuna spots, areas where fish have been caught over the years and often in large numbers. So that’s as good a starting point as any. The only problem with that tip is that is comes with no guarantee. You might get lucky but might is the operative word.  What any good angler wants is fish and bad luck stories are a dime a dozen. You can increase the odds of catching tuna by following these steps.

Sea birds hunt bait fish and a sign they have spotted their prey will be a group of birds circling above the water or better still, diving into the water to catch their food. The bait fish will often be close to the surface because tuna below them have forced them upwards. The tuna are feeding and leaving scraps of small fish behind. The birds are scavenging on the leftovers. This is the time and place for your boat to be quietly maneuvered into position and your lines to be cast. But there are rules.

  • Don’t rev your engine and race into the area
  • Do stay back some 50 yards or so
  • Don’t cast into the middle of the feeding frenzy
  • Do cast at the sides of the arc covered by the birds
  • Fish upwind

Watch those birds. They give excellent advice. If they are high in the sky before diving, the bait fish and the tuna will be approximately that deep in the water. If the birds are hovering low above the sea then the fish will be close to the surface.

You should adjust your lures and casting according to the depth of the fish. It’s a fact that the larger tuna feed at the sides of the frenzy so by casting at the sides of the arc set by the birds, you have a better chance of hooking the larger fish.  Tuna are highly unpredictable but usually they feed by swimming into the wind. That being the case you should position your boat well in front of the fish, cut your engine and drift allowing the wind to move you towards the tuna.

One Response to “Finding Tuna”

  1. thanks for the tip mike,,,,u been very helpful……i haven`t caught any as yet but am still trying………..thanks again man…………..i`ll notify u when ever i do catch any

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