BEGINNER TIPS TO CATCH YELLOWFIN TUNA
Are you looking for surefire ways on how to catch a Yellowfin Tuna?
Yellowfin Tuna is a huge favourite with many Aussie anglers because they are such excellent sports fish. Here are some of my tips if you are chasing this species. As a beginner, the best thing is to get yourself on a charter fishing trip as they will steer you in the right direction.
Here are some basics to have in mind before you go.
IDENTIFYING YELLOWFIN TUNA
You can categorically pinpoint a Yellowfin Tuna by their long, anal, torpedo-shaped body and yellow dorsal fins. They also have visible silver vertical belly lines.
WHERE CAN YELLOWFIN TUNA BE FOUND
Yellowfin Tuna usually live in the deeper parts of the oceans and seas. They also love to travel long distances and can swim to around 250m underwater. However, larger types of Yellowfin Tuna (at 40kg or above) tend to travel alone.
BAITS AND LURES FOR CATCHING YELLOWFIN TUNA
I like to chase Yellowfin Tuna with trolling lures but there are those who swear by live or dead baits such as pilchards and other similar species. Some lures to use are plastic quids, slices, minnow lures and feathers.
TACKLE FOR YELLOWFIN TUNA
The tackle for catching Yellowfin Tuna depends on their size. Light tackle is the obvious way to go for small Yellowfin Tuna. I usually go with braid at around 10-15lb and a fluorocarbon leader with a slightly higher rating. When you are out in bluewater, you will need heavier fishing tackle, and that includes reel, rod and your fishing line.
TECHNIQUES FOR YELLOWFIN TUNA
Yellowfin Tuna usually feed on the surface of the water, and that is why I prefer trolling lures that swim just under the surface. Fluorocarbon leader makes it harder for the Yellowfin to see your line while giving a bit of extra abrasion resistance when the fish bite hard down on your lure.
As a beginner, this is definitely a fish species that you want to fish for with those who have experience.
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