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How to choose tuna fishing gear

Tuna are a fast and powerful saltwater fish that are also considered some of the strongest in the ocean. This makes them an instant lure for deep water anglers that simply love a challenge. If you want to be able to hook and reel in one of these powerful fish you are going to need the right gear. Here are some tips that will make it a little easier for you to choose the best gear for tuna fishing.



The rod


15The most important piece of gear is the rod. If your rod isn’t strong enough to handle the weight of the fish, there is no point dropping your line in the water. There really isn’t anything worse than watching your rod break when there is a massive tuna on the line. To give you an example of how powerful these fish can be tuna caught off the coast of Prince Edward Island weigh an average of 700 pounds, but this can vary from 300 pounds up to 1200 or more. Bluefin tuna which is generally found in the waters around New Jersey and Canada are smaller at 80 to 120 pounds, but these are still immensely powerful fish.



The reel


16You also need a strong reel, and I recommend a 130 pound one. This can handle most smaller Bluefin without any problems. You also want to use sturdy line that won’t easily snap under pressure. I generally use 200 pound dacron with my reel, and it is even good for trolling. You also want to make sure that the reel is resistant to rust since it will be exposed to salt water for long periods of time.





It is not uncommon for anglers to forget about the leader, but it is an important piece of tuna fishing gear. The leader is what attaches the lure to the line, so you want it to be durable. The leader should also match the weight of the line.





Attaching a lure to a spreader can entice a tuna to take your bait, but this often isn’t necessary. You do want the lures you use to be able to dive down, since tuna are typically found swimming in depths of 60 to 100 feet.





Finally we’ve come to choose the hook and there are two basic types to consider. The best one for you will depend on the type of fishing you are planning on doing. If you are chunking you want the hook to be the same size as your bait. This way the tuna will only see the bait and won’t be wary of the exposed hook. If you’re trawling for tuna the hook can be larger, especially if you are using it with a spreader bar. The spreader bar is the bait since it is designed to look like a school of small feeder fish. Regardless of the type of hook that you choose, just remember that it must be strong enough to withstand a fight with a powerful tuna.


The fishing guide

I am a saltwater fishing guide in California. I have decided to set up this blog so I can share some tips for both surf fishing and boat ses5fishing. Having provided advice and guidance to fishing enthusiasts from all over the nation, and even the world, during guided trips, I have found it quite fitting to write about my own experiences as a fishing guide and a true-blue angler based in California, which boasts loads of fishing opportunities like ocean sport fishing, inland sport fishing and commercial fishing to indulge any fisherman’s or fisherwoman’s fancy. California has a host of fish hatcheries so there’s no shortage of recreational fish for you to target or even get a trophy catch from. There are historically good locations to fish, along with fish planting locations, Marine protected areas along with Quagga mussel infested waters.


Surf fishing

You wade in the surf or stand on the shoreline while trying to catch fish. This is what surf fishing is all about. Not to be confused with pier fishing, surf fishing also uses live bait and artificial lures like its distant cousin. Most surf fishing is carried out in saltwater. A surf angler has to pay attention to the undertows and waves, which can be quite dangerous and can cause injury or even death. Use a wader belt with your wader when surf fishing to keep the waders from getting waterlogged in case you get submerged under water.


You also need to use the right kind of fishing tackle and gear, which can either make or break your surf fishing adventure. A surf fishing rod is usually between 7 and 18 feet long, ideally with an extended butt section. Choose the rod length suitable to the casting distance you intend to get. A saltwater spinning reel should be rated accordingly to ensure corresponding corrosion resistance. You may also need a sand spike rod holder so you don’t have to be holding the rod all the time and just leave the pole stuck in the holder. At least 20 to 25 pounds of fishing line should be enough. You also need some spider weights and pyramid weights, as well as live or artificial bait, depending on the location you’re fishing. A fishing cart with front wheels is necessary for holding your fishing supplies and your catch. Use a circle hook, which fish rarely swallow so releasing the catch should be effortless to enable it to fight another day. Use both hands when casting. Some fishers even use their whole body to achieve farther distance casting. Use a fishfinder rig, double-drop bottom rig or fireball rig.



Boat fishing

Boat fishing can bring you farther on the water so you can catch many different species. It provides a smoother and shorter experience because you can move closer to the fish or even directly on top of your target. This eliminates the need to do farther and more forceful casting. Your casts should be noiseless and smooth. The type of boat you’re fishing on determines your fishing position. The stable deck of a pontoon boat lets you move about effortlessly. Small rafts and canoes will have you seated due to their small and constantly moving floor area. Beginning anglers should cast from the front of the watercraft so their companion can keep an eye on them and know when to assist them with rigging, unhooking or photograph taking. Moreover, be aware of your boat fishing companions. To avoid tangles or hooking lures when casting, leave enough room so you don’t hit your fellow boat anglers. In tight spaces, you may have to resort to sidearm casting, which is safer than the standard overhead cast. Wear some good fishing sunglasses to keep the glare of the sun against the water from your eyes so you can spot fish easily.

How to prepare for deep sea fishing in California

Getting ready for your first deep sea fishing trip? If that’s the case, maybe you ought to have a look at these tips and tricks to make sure that you don’t miss out on all the fun. I’ve put together a list of the things you have to give some thought to before going out at sea. Check it out below.



Be physically ready

One of the first questions you simply have to ask yourself is if you can deal with the movements of a rocking boat for hours on end. If sea sickness isn’t a problem for you, you can look at various other items, which may range from sunscreen to wearing the right kind of clothes. In actuality, most fishermen including myself recommend wearing layers upon layers of clothes as long as they don’t make you feel uncomfortable. Wear a waterproof jacket particularly if you intend to go deep sea fishing during the summer time, as you really can’t know when you’ll be caught in a storm. Other items you might need include a camera, a hand towel, a hat, a lot of water and snacks. Avoid bringing any weapons, illegal drugs, or alcohol with you.



Get the right tackle

Whether or not you prefer using a spinning or a conventional rod along with a reel spooled with 30lb monofilament line, you also have to look at your bait and extra pieces of equipment. Get some bait hooks, circle hooks, and torpedo sinkers. It goes without saying that your gear has to be correlated with the species of fish you plan to target.



What kind of fish can you catch?

In many respects, deep sea fishing is different from normal fishing and one of the crucial things that make the difference between the two is the species you will be able to get your hands on. You’ll be able to catch anything but shallow water fish and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to bring home tuna, marlin, swordfish, and even sharks, if the occasion arises. In Bodega Bay, California, you can even get lucky enough to catch some king salmon. Sand bass and barracuda can be found in Huntington Flats, while yellowtail and white sea bass can be caught in Santa Monica Bay. Catalina Island is by far the best location for catching giant black sea bass, marlin, and tuna. Naturally, most of the species we’ve mentioned earlier on do not prefer shallow waters mostly because of their size. It would be impossible for tuna to swim near the shore. Swimmers and surfers are the two types of beach aficionados who are more than glad that these species don’t come near the shore, as this way they’re able to practice their favorite sports without ever feeling like they’re in danger.

For more info on the fish species you can catch, read this article.



Trust experts

Many deep sea fishing guides can help you by making your entire trip both safe and fun. If you, your friends, or your family are not well-versed in the art of deep sea fishing, perhaps you might benefit from the services offered by a professional. Novice groups should not travel alone because this sport is far more dangerous than the fly fishing you might do once in a while in a creek near your home.