Tune In to the Tuna

Those with plenty of experience are convinced it is better to lure or attract the tuna rather than simply feed them with chunks of bait. Many charter skippers have machinery today which enables bait to be ground finely enabling a thin, oily slick to be spread over the surface drawing the tuna to the area and to the surface.

The speed of the current is important when selecting the weight of the sinkers and the depth to which the fish are hopefully to be caught. Sinkers and balloons are attached using rubber bands.

Chumming is used to greatest effect with chopped porgies. Because of the frequency of their trips – and part-time anglers may not have this luxury in their routine – professionals can collect porgies or other suitable bait on the trip so as to create their chum for the next voyage.

In order to keep the tuna in your area and stop them from scattering, re-spread your chum chunks every minute or less. It is the regular supply of the chum which keeps the fish on the hunt. Prepare the chum as you sail to the fishing ground and then begin dispersing it once you arrive.

If they come to area where the tuna are feeding in a concentrated area, some professionals will lower a large piece or pieces of bait and allow it/them to drift rather than scatter a thin or chunky chum. This has worked with tuna at depths of 150 to 200 feet. In this case it is the concentration of a few pieces of large bait rather than the mass acreage covered with chumming.

Tuna are unlike most other fish and are not afraid of craft. In many cases it is believed that the boat itself is what attracts the fish to the anglers.

To avoid tangles with lines when trolling, distribute the lines in a staggered pattern and, depending on the number of anglers and the size of the boat, one rig per angler is usually a good mix.

Keep your lures within your wake and as close to the boat as possible. Often tuna will surface or be attracted by the wake and in that water you may miss them.

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