If you are a lover of tuna fishing, you should approach this sport with a great discipline, a clear sense of purpose and the great quality of taking on-the-spot quick and analytical decisions. You may have to have the required rhythm and intensity on several occasions during your tuna fishing.
Apart from you, there are many people in this world who swear by the taste of tuna fish. These are large salt water fish. Most of the varieties grow into quite large fish and hence catching them is lucrative as well as tough. The popular varieties of tuna fish are albacore, black fin, skipjack and blue fin. Though some of the varieties can be caught near the shores, most anglers prefer the challenges posed by off-shore tuna fishing.
Since tuna fishing is a tough task, you should be well-informed about the fish and the tuna fishing techniques. You should also collect the details like the track-record of the catch of other captains, best locations for getting a good catch and the temperature levels of the surface waters of the various areas you have in mind. You should also keep a watch on the weather and atmospheric conditions before you plan to venture into the sea because you should not get caught in a thunder storm in the sea and suffer.
Trolling is one of the most used methods adopted for tuna fishing. You use feather jigs, minuscule squid imitations, live or fresh dead bait and sometimes hard bodied lures in trolling. More than eight fishing lines baited with lures or bait fish are used by drawing them through the water when the boat keeps moving.
Tuna fish like to live in warm weather conditions. During summer months and hot climates, they live near the surface of the seas. During winter and cold weather conditions, they go into the seas. So catching them during summer and hot climates is easier than catching them during cold climates and winter months. During hot climates, they will be hunting for bait fish near the surface of the seas.
Tuna fish also prefers poor lighting and hence you are advised to venture into the seas in the early mornings or in the late afternoons when the light is dim.
Some hunters prefer the method of anchoring or drifting. In this method, you anchor and wait for the fish to show up after starting a chum line. Once the tuna fish shows up, a baited hook is sent to allure them to bite the bait.
Another point that has to be strongly borne in mind is that tuna fish fight ferociously and tenaciously when they are caught. When you observe that the line is becoming slack, you can know that the tuna fish is fast approaching your boat. You must immediately get ready to fight it, tease it, make it get tired and ultimately catch it. You should acquire the required experience for facing such tough fights from the tuna fish. Otherwise, until you gain enough experience, you should take the help of experts so that you do not return empty-handed without a catch and on top of everything, injure yourself during the tuna fishing process.