Tuna Charter Guide

Tuna Fishing Gear

So you just booked your trip and now you’re needing some pointers to prep for this journey. We are going to try and help clear up some things to help you best pack and prepare for this Tuna Trip.

2 Day Tuna Schedule

Things to Practice before your Trip:

Things to pack:

  • Sleeping bag/ pillow
  • Cooler with food and Drinks (We prefer you bring non-glass items.)
  • Warm/Wet clothing
  • Wet Boots. Change of shoes for indoor. Multiple pairs of socks.
  • Fishing License: There is no fishing license for ‘tuna.’ Beginning in 2006, a saltwater fishing license is required to fish for albacore. Anglers can purchase either a saltwater angling license, or combo license, or a multi-day stamp.
  • Sunscreen
    • Apply often, Sun bites bad out here
  • Pliers
    • Oil them or Stainless steel
  • Sunglasses
    • Polarized allows you to see beneath the water.
  • Raingear (Bibbs or pants)
    • It’s gonna be wet and bloody

Food To bring:

This is a fast paced fishery that will limit your time available to cook sometimes. Nothing like having to reheat something 6 times before you actually get to enjoy its yumminess.

So we suggest you pack power bars and tons of light snacks. At times we may be on a 5 hour long bite. You don’t want to miss that journey because you’re heating up your chowder.

So snacks for the day and a nice meal for night time.


The Crew will be securing the coolers you bring with rope on deck. We ask no styrofoam and keep in mind size of the cooler and what’s stored in it. How often will it need to be accessed? Try to link up with other anglers and collaborate food storage.

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When Can you book With Us?

Season: Late June-October
Baits and Lures: Bait fish used with chum slick; plastic squids, multi-
chains, jigs, artificial lures
Methods and TackleTrolling, chunk baits with chum; medium to heavy

Please Request El Matador Thru our popular Local Charter office


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