The Basics of Tuna Fishing

By Bart Icles

It can be quite rewarding to go tuna fishing, especially during summer. This form of sport and recreation not only gets you in touch with nature but can also provide you with a great meal or additional income. Let us face it, tuna is one most sought after species of fish because of its palatable meat and large size. Not only that, tuna fish also look great as trophies. However, catching tuna fish is not all too easy at all. In fact, if you are able to catch more tuna than the others do, you can easily become their envy.

While it is true that a bit of luck and lots of experience can give you an edge when fishing for tuna, successful tuna fishing also involves mastering basics of fishing for this kind of fish. It is important that before you head out for the docks, you should arm yourself with the right kinds of information about fishing for tuna. And it is not enough that you know them, you must be able to understand them.

One important thing you should do before you head out to sea to catch some tuna is to do your homework. Ask around and gather information on recent tuna fish counts in your area as reported by fishing boat or vessel captains. Also, try to gather information on popular fishing locations that have been producing numerous fish catch. You would also want to know the current surface temperatures so you can determine if it would be the perfect time to catch tuna fish. And of course, watch out for those thunderstorms that can potentially hit your area.

You should also keep your eyes on your surroundings. There are times when you think it is a bad day to go tuna fishing and then take back what you have said because you have spotted a good school of tuna fish underneath seaweed lines or floating debris. Other signals worth looking into include jumping fish, diving birds, and other fishing boats at full stop.

It is also important that you do not scare fish away when you are out for a tuna fishing day. Some anglers or fishing enthusiasts make the mistake of going out to sea as fast as they can, hoping to catch schools of tuna fish while they are feeding on other fish. These people often end up scaring the fish away. It is best to main speeds between 6 to 9 miles per hour while trolling for tuna fish. - 31805

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