A dweller of saltwater, the Tuna is a large game fish that is also caught for eating purposes. The tuna can be of several species like the skipjack, blackfin, albacore or the highly popular bluefin that grow to very large sizes and fishing in coastal waters can provide you with some great variety of skipjack. Anglers usually head out to open waters to troll out for their favourite tuna fish. To catch your tuna, you can choose any of the widely known techniques of chumming or trolling. While the first one uses bait, the other method places a lure in a line behind a slow moving boat. Here are some quick steps to help you get started with.
When Using Chumming Technique:
Step#1: Prepare the chum, which is the cut-up bait. Ensure that the blood and entrails are removed from the bait.
Step#2: Locate a potential tuna fishing area offshore and throw chum overboard between regular intervals.
Step#3: Now add some bait in your line cast into the chum trail of your boat. Tuna starts biting the chum thinking that the bait is part of it.
Step#4: As soon as you feel a tug, set the hook by pulling firmly. Hold your reel carefully as tuna might fight and struggle furiously.
Step#5: If you are fishing for sport, take pictures of the alive fish, cut the hook and throw the tuna back to water. In case of eating the fish, be sure to cover it in ice instantly.
When Using Trolling Technique:
Step#1: Pick a kona head as your lure for the tuna as it will create an ideal motion in the water releasing bubbles and attracting tuna.
Step#2: Keep the boat speed slow and wait until you get a bite. Set the tuna and reel the tuna in.
Step#3: If you are planning to cook and eat the fish then pack it in ice right away. In case of fishing for sport, click pictures quickly and release the tuna back to the water.
Tuna fishing can be a physically demanding job requiring thorough patience, sharp skills and an idea about the fish’s habitat and responses. Irrespective of the methods you choose of trolling or chumming, you will find that fishing for tuna can be a worthwhile endeavor, either for the excitement, or for the fact that you can eat fish that you caught with your very own hands.