Tuna Everywhere...

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    Here is a link to some videos my girl made from the last two tuna trips I have done. https://bit.ly/HoneyHoleVlogs I am used to trolling for tunas on the east coast and dropping jigs. I have never targeted them alone and I def need some experience. I went 0/2 on Tuna with breaking fish everywhere. I don't know what i am doing wrong. If any of you guys have any advice on my tactics and techniques please let me know. It seems like you guys have it dialed. I am used to sliding up on boiling fish and just slaying, Its a whole new world out here.
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    Tough business when they are keyed in on bait less than an inch long... Real tough business...
     
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    Brutal, I couldn't believe what was happening.
     
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    Thirty tons in the water .. sometimes you are lucky to get on 20 lb... Lol.. some guys troll flies or have special built sabikis. Reaction bites on birds, flying fish/lures under a kite, poppers can sometimes work, or even a jig down deep (below 400 feet) to just get one to react to it.. zero guarantee.. years gone, chunk bait was a popular option as well... Guys would sit and chunk over the side in the middle of the foamers for hours until they got a few feeding, then put the hammer down...
     
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    I was thinking about a heavy duty sabiki on my disgruntled ride home. It seems like there is a ton to learn about this stuff. I made some chunk bait that i had my lady toss for chum at one point. if i had enough it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to just start a slick..idk
     
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    Don't overthink it, F/V Shotgun ... Sometimes even the guys that do this shi every day struggle to put one on...
     
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    Yeah even the Sporties and they are out there everyday.
     
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    Sometimes the guys with a hundred lb of live bait pull the blank, true story
     
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    Looked like a 1.5d trip and some overnights that shat the bed on Sat also, oh my...

    Bruh, I'm still waking in cold sweats and cursing at that danged comet...
    I was like "Where in the hell is a cast net when you need one"
     
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    I watched your video and it was a cold slap of reality of tuna fishing for me last year in my boat
     
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    Grenades…
     
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    Ill be the first to say it, you need to rethink the light weight spinning gear for these tuna.....
    I get that they may be easier for you to cast while attempting to keep your balance on a small skiff out in the slop but its not ideal gear for what you were chasing, those are 30-50+ pound fish, not footballs.
    Need an 8 foot jig rod & take a weekend & just practice loading the rod correctly & bombing those mega baits, colt snipers or whatever youre throwing...
    May have lost your first fish cuz didnt get enough hook penetration on the hookset using the noodle.
     
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    Yeah i just bought a heavier rod/reel. I have one 8' jig stick that could handle it but i def need more than that. one foul up and your out of commission for the bite. right after that trip i went and picked one up.
     
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    I may have a spare diamond jig or big live bait, heavy sniper/flatfall rig for you
     
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    Great video man. I feel for ya. I yelled "FUUUUU" out loud at the exact same time as you did, ha. Good job finding them!
     
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    That would be awesome.
     
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZGCN1h4VYE&t=227s

    Watch how far this guy toss's his jig starting at 3 minutes. Get the black & gold penn in your video crammed full of line 30-40lb & start practicing your technique on land so youre not struggling out there.....
    Just trying to help but your ears need to be wide open, lose the spinning gear.......
     
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    Another pointer & inexpensive project. Get your hands on a milk crate from a local store, 7/11. market, etc.....
    Buy some pvc pipe 1 1/2" internal diameter & make lots of rocket launchers & get those rods out of the back rod holders till youre actually using them. You can also store a few full size plano 3700 tackle trays in the milkcrate, your gaff, etc....
    Store the milkcrate directly in-front of your console. They have a small foot-print.....
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    I feel your pain F/V Shotgun.. super frustrating. My cousin and I had the exact scenario last year, run and gun for 3-4 hours on foaming schools throwing Salas jigs and dead centering the frikin foam.. after 6-8 schools, I told my cousin that we should have accidentally snagged a damn fish by now, if nothing else. What ended up working for us, was down sizing to #20 line ( I had a Calcutta 400 full of #20 mono ) on a 20-50 lb jig stick. My cousin stuck to his braid / mono set up, but we both tied on small heavy jigs. I happened to have this 2-1/2” to 3” Crippled Herring jig in my box that I don’t normally use. It’s very short but thick, and weighs about 2 ounces so you can still really rocket the thing. My cousin used a similar small jig he had, and we both hooked up on the next two stops.. was a learning experience for sure.. Local tuna fishing here in San Diego is NOT always like this. You’ll have days where they eat any and everything.. Normally, if you find birds and boils, it is game on ! So don’t get too frazzled because it sounds like you’re doing everything right for the most part.. You’ll have a blast when the football Yellowfin show up ( 10-25 lb. fish ). They love Zukers feathers, and the Cedar plug ! And they love to play...
     
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    Thanks man, it is definitely a rush chasing those things down. Do the little yellowtail usually up later in the summer?
     
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