How to Fish for Tuna

Looking for The Tuna Tips

Working As a Team:

We like to work as a team for our tuna. Running two teams that will alternate tasks on the boat. Please let the deckhand know of any physical limitations. We want to offer the full experience of fishing for tuna and encourage enthusiasm while fishing as a team.

It is likely that you will only get 1-3 chances at tuna in a long 7 hour trolling day. Make each opportunity count.

Tasks for Teams:

  • Puts jigs in the water
    • Using the Clicker
      • The clicker is on the side of the reel. Used as an alarm from when a tuna Strikes on one of our jigs.
      • While dragging the jigs these will be on, Before we reel them in, turn the clickers off.
  • Watching Jigs during Odd/Even hours
    • 6am-Even
    • 7am- Odd, etc
  • Reeling in a jig bite.  —TEAM on Duty
    • During a bite the crew has tasks that need to be performed and don’t have time to reel in a tuna. So this is quite vital task to the overall success of the bite.
    •  When you hook up YELL “HOOK-up” Towards the cabin, During that time grab the line of lures that have not been bit and jig them forward and back, there is likely more tuna below that you are trying to bring up to eat.
    • After We get your fish aboard, please store the Jig Rod and retrieve your Bait rod.
  • Baiting your Hook  –ALL TEAMS
    • The Crew will be doing their best to keep hooks baited. But some times it faster to just grab your own anchovies.
    • Bear Claw the anchovies into a corner and go for the gill plate grasp.
    • Be gentle, but firm, don’t crush it. It’s difficult, but with practice you will learn.
    • If it’s TOO difficult, we got you. 🙂
  • Tying your own hook  –ALL TEAMS
    • Please Visit our Knots page to learn how to tie our recommended knot.
    • We encourage you to tie your knot, but we will when time permits.
  • Team 1 (odd) Team 2 (even)

Off Duty Team:

While the other team is reeling in the Jig rods, you will be grabbing your designated rods and heading to the bait tank.

We encourage having your bait rod in your hand. It’s one less step when we get a hook up.


Bringing Your Own Tackle

You are not required to bring any tackle, but you can. The El Matador will provide everything you’ll need. But many anglers have several rods for tuna fishing

We recommend a  6′ to 7’ medium-action rod, rated for #20 to #40

Look for life:

Birds, Bait fish, whales, dolphin and other life.  These signs of life are important indicators of feeding tuna below.  The more signs of life present the better your chances.  This is why it is important for all to be watching carefully as you fish. Spotting some birds working or fish breaking the surface off your bow,  you may have just found your fish for the day. So KEEP LOOKING FOR LIFE  while you are on deck.

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