Late Fall Surface Bluefin on Sliders

 The Salty Cape crew heads offshore with Capt. Rob Lowell of Cape Cod Offshore Charters in search of surface feeding fall bluefin tuna. They found fish keyed in on schools of butterfish near the surface, a perfect time to deploy the Hogy Charter Grade Slider.

Hogy Bluefin Tuna Recon Pattern Diagram

Recon Pattern:

When fish are scattered over a wide area and there are signs of life, like whales and groups of birds, I'll use my walk and gun recon pattern to cover ground by cruising at 8-10 knots in a outward spiral pattern. While covering ground, have each of your crew scan a different direction on the horizon and pay close attention to your bottom machine for bait schools or tuna marks.

"Burning" The Charter Grade Slider:

The 6oz Charter Grade Slider is my go-to when fish are still actively feeding on the surface. I've found the heavier 6oz plug the best choice for long distance casting and keeping the bait several feet below the surface to keep distance away from pesky birds. Simply cast out the plug, allow it to sink for several seconds and begin a rapid steady retrieve for 15-20 feet, then a long pause, followed by rapid retrieve speed. This technique will get bit when fish are working on the surface!




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