Category Archives: Tuna

2 Day Tuna Schedule

Fishing on the Pacific Ocean

Are you wanting a challenge in life beneath the sea? We love sharing the excitement found in fishing for this amazing fish. We want to share the knowledge we have with all those aboard our boat. Deckhands whose primary goal is to teach you the tricks of the trade. Helping you stuff your freezers full of meat at the end of the day.

We will be sleeping on the ocean, It’s a bit of a change for most people. But many have found so much love in its nature and natural rock’n roll of the boat.

Here is a basic outline of our Scheduled 2 Day Trip.

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2 Day Tuna Schedule

  1. Depart 7pm from Homeport (westport)
  2. Drive to Tuna grounds while Anglers sleep.
  3. Waking up between 4:30-5:30 pending sunrises
  4. Coffee and time to eat breakfast.
  5. 5:30 jigs in the water and scanning for fish
  6. Fish until dusk, then free time to eat and sleep.
  7. Wake up 4:30-5:30 pending sunrises
  8. Coffee & Breakfast Time
  9. 5:30 jigs in the water and scanning for fish
  10. Departure for home 10:30am
  11. Crew Fillet fish and Free Time.

Please check in at the office NO LATER than 6:00PM.

Overnight Trips depart between 7:00PM and midnight the evening

before your trip date.

Fillet Fees: $5.00 per fish

CANCELLATION POLICY  for Tuna Fishing is 60 Days

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


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.