How To Fish Poppers For Bluefin Tuna

Morgan Promnitz shares an epic day of SoCal surface foaming tuna action using the Charter Grade Popper. In this video he covers multiple retrieve styles for fishing the popper and his favorite spinning and conventional gear setups.

California Bluefin Tuna Surface Poppers Diagram

Approach:

1. Once surface activity has been located, slowly motor to the outside edge of the feeding area, making sure to quietly approach the school.

2. Make a long cast towards the outside edge of the surface activity.

3. Use a slow, sharp twitching motion for surface popping action. Utilize occasional 5-10 second pauses for finicky fish.

Tips:

1. The clear popper is a top choice when fish are ultra finicky, work the popper very slow across the surface feed.

2. Work the popper softly and with long pauses when the bite is tough.

3. Downsize your offering to the 5.5" popper when micro-forage is present.

Gear List:

Light Spin Outfit:

Rod: Diawa Proteus WN 76HFS

Reel: Diawa Saltist 5000

Line: 50lb Braid

Leader: 60lb Fluoro

Heavy Spin Outfit:

Rod: Diawa Proteus 8H

Reel: Diawa Saltist 6500

Line: 80lb Braid

Leader: 80lb Fluoro

Heavy Conventional Outfit:

Rod: Diawa Proteus WN 810HF

Reel: Diawa Saltist 40H

Line: 80lb Braid

Leader: 80lb Fluoro

 

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