You want to land that fantastic beast the yellowfin tuna? Ok, so it might not be Moby Dick, but it’s an impressive fish. It also comes in a range of sizes from large to “we’re gonna need a bigger boat”. Luckily for you, Home Run Charters & Lodges have many boats of this caliber and the knowledge on how to catch this bad boy.
First things first, there is a great debate over what to catch yellowfin tuna with; bait or lures. We like to think that there is a third option; whatever works. The one thing that everyone will agree on is your line. If you are doing fishing closer to shore you are only going to get the tuna that’s between 10 and 15 pounds. For those tuna a light tackle in the 15-pound range will do you well. However, if you are looking to land one that could feed a town for a week, you are going to want to take it up a notch, or twelve, and get some heavy 100-pound braided line.
Now, if you want to go with a lure to catch a yellowfin tuna, choose wisely because tuna have great eye sight. Treble hooked lures have the tendency to bend when they hook a large tuna so it’s best to go with lures that have a single or double hook. Metal jigs that are either metallic in color or blue are fantastic for deep sea tuna. If you are trolling than lures like plastic skirted lures or cedar plugs are great at getting their attention. (but no worries, we know and provide the exact lures these bad boys like to bite)
Bait is a great way to go, especially live bait. The slapping in the water that you try to create with a lure can’t beat the real thing. Use the type of fish that is in the area your fishing as that is what the tuna will be eating anyway. They will also go for squid if that’s an option at your bait shop of choice. You can also use chunks of fish if you don’t want to use live bait but make sure it’s a local fish. (we provide everything you need)
With either bait or lures it’s a great idea to chum the water before fishing as it’ll help increase your chances of success. Good luck on the water!