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Tuna Fly Fishing
Tuna fly fishing requires a ton of patience and skill, particularly because the yellowfin tuna isn't known to stick around and play with its food. Once its prey has been consumed, it leaves. It also won't docilely go once caught. Fortunately, they almost always move in schools, so if you're lucky, one of them will fall for your bait. All you need for a successful tuna fly fishing expedition is a good knowledge of where they reside, recognizing the best tides, great equipment, and patience. Lots and lots of patience. First things first, let's see where different species reside, then the type of equipment you'll need.
Best Places for Tuna Fly Fishing
San Diego was fondly known as the tuna capital of the world, with peak season beginning in late November and ending May. If you know your stuff, you could easily sail out and back with at least ten fishes. Unfortunately, not every water has this many tuna, and one can't travel to California every single time just for some tuna fly fishing. Without the excessive abundance of the tuna found in CA, fly fishing for tuna can bring even the most seasoned fisherman to his knees for a few reasons.
First, they're incredibly fast. Tunas, regardless of size, are built for speed, making them almost impossible to target. As said earlier, they don't dwindle to survey the area or enjoy the environs once they've caught their prey. They simply take off. Hence when you go on a yellowfin tuna fly fishing expedition, it helps to have directions from an expert about where schools cluster if not your bait won't snag a single one.
Secondly, the average tuna fish has a lot of endurance. They'll fight you tooth and nail, and more often than not, they've made blubbering fools out of seasoned anglers by releasing themselves from lures. If you're still an amateur, you might want to start off with false albacore tuna found mostly on the East coast. They put up quite the struggle, but catching a few will give you the confidence to try on bigger fishes like yellowfin, bluefin and blackfins. Once you're ready, head down south to the Florida keys and put your skills to the test by fly fishing for blackfish tuna
Fly Fishing Tuna Gear
Even though yellowfin tuna aren't typically the largest tuna, they're considered the most notorious tackle busters, so if you'll be tuna fly fishing in tropical or subtropical waters, your gear needs to be top notch. Tunas can weigh anything from 40 pounds to 200 pounds, so your rods need to be capable of power lifting. Your reels need to have proper drags, your fly lines need to be equipped with heavy inner cores and leaders strong enough to withstand an epic battle.
Don't overdo your tuna fly fishing though. Big fishes are known to ruin tackles, and if you think the fight's not worth it, it's better to let the fish go and live to fight another day than lose your gear. It's honestly better feast over a meal you didn't catch than reminiscing over shrapnel pieces of your gear and the tuna that got away.
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