Look around you

The flock of birds above the water and the presence of sharks and/or whales are all signs you can use to locate tuna. The professionals tell you to spend time studying the temperature of the sea. Remember that certain species of tuna prefer certain temperatures and some are able to adapt to a variety of water temperatures.

When a school of tuna is located, it is possible to draw the fish to the surface. Chumming with live bait may do the trick.

In a school it is the larger fish which swim closer to the bottom. If you can lower some large bait deep into the school, you are more likely to land one of the bigger fish.

When chasing schools, many professionals use fluorocarbon leader which can vary from between 150 and 220 pounds. They use a long leader of up to 15 feet [approximately 4 meters] which enables them to recrimp the hook should other fish including dogfish come in early and cramp their cast.

If using a light fluorocarbon, many professionals will work with G crimps on their fluoro. They find the H crimp takes more work, has to be done very carefully and must use a particular crimping tool, the Jinkai crimping tool.

Their preferred crimping method allows them to use a small wind-on swivel which means the leader can be wound back all the way on to the spool. This has multiple advantages. It gives protection to the fluorocarbon when in storage, frees up space on the deck and gives the angler plenty of room in which to reel in the fish; so close in fact to be able to gaff it.

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