We were walking by the commercial basin this morning when we saw a sign for Tuna off the boat.
F/V EZC was selling flash frozen Albacore Tuna for $3 a pound, plus another $6 to have the deckhands clean the fish. Too good to resist, so I had them do a 14 lb fish for us, which they estimated would yield about 7 lbs of filet.
We got to chatting and I mentioned that we were heading to Mexico on our boat. They said we should try trolling for Tuna (which we had planned to do when we got further South). The advice was simply to find 60+ degree water and troll a plug. I didn’t have one, so Captain Jimmy offered to put one together at his cost.
He said we can even hand line the setup, just drop it back a little ways off the stern. They troll around 5 knots but said that even up around 8 knots we should be able to catch some. However, they recommended using a bungee cord at the boat end to absorb some of the shock of the strike.
Maybe we’ll try some off the coast if we find the right water temps.
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Please be careful my friend…
I remember my first time dip-netting for Salmon on the Copper river
when that fish hit the net it nearly pulled me into the river. Thats’ no joke there have been numerous people pulled into the Copper while dip-netting (some of course were a tad ‘over the limit’) if you know what I mean.
Wow!! I can’t wait to hear about your first tuna. Aren’t those suckers hundreds of pounds and longer than you are tall? Aunt Jan
Jan, we are thinking about the smaller ones in the 8-14 lb range. The captain called them “peanuts” -Larry