CAPT. MIKE'S GUIDE TO BLUEFIN
It's hard to imagine a fishery that is more exhilarating than "jigging and popping" for bluefin tuna. There's a lot of preparation, a lot of weather cancellations, early mornings and more than a few skunkings, but when your plan, weather and preparation and clear calendar all come together and you find a hot bite, it's pretty awesome! Despite the large fish and all the drama, casting and jigging for tuna is pretty simple as a practice.
To get started, you need the right boat, a couple of appropriate outfits and a relatively small assortment of leaders, terminal connecting and lures that would fit in a large backpack. In fact, I think the Spartan nature of jigging and casting to Bluefin tuna is a real factor as to why jigging and casting to Bluefin tuna has seen a huge spike in popularity over the years. Preparing for a jigging or casting trip for Bluefin tuna takes a fraction of the time of putting a trolling spread together or sourcing bait. - Capt. Mike