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#11303975 - 12/25/15 11:35 PM Texas Tuna
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Registered: 04/07/11
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Loc: Austin Texas
I am thinking of doing my first ever Tuna Safari. I think I will be using the multi day charter in Port Aransas. I know that the fishing methods will be jigging, and casting crank baits. What kind of pound drag do I need to fish for tunas? What pound test line should I go with? Any extra information will be very helpful. Thank you!
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#11304296 - 12/26/15 10:14 AM Re: Texas Tuna [Re: SpeciesFisherman]
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For a partyboat you'll want to use heavier line - probably 80# braid for your jigging and casting reels. If you take a heavier setup for chunking (bait fishing), you ought to have 100-150# braid on it. If you were going on a private charter, you could use lighter line - I've landed 60#-80# yellowfin tuna on a Penn 500 with 30# mono, but those were loooooooong fights. Heavier braid helps you apply more pressure and get the fish in faster, which is important on a partyboat with alot of lines in the water.

Be sure to have spools of flourocarbon leader to match the reels, and some heavy-duty ball-bearing swivels - Sampo swivels are expensive, but they're worth their weight in gold for preventing line twist.
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#11304689 - 12/26/15 02:41 PM Re: Texas Tuna [Re: SpeciesFisherman]
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And remember to sell your tuna catch to the local sushi restaurant. I hear some tune go for $25,000!!! I am sure you will not get that much but hey you can try! LOL
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#11304808 - 12/26/15 04:21 PM Re: Texas Tuna [Re: kickingback]
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Originally Posted By: kickingback
And remember to sell your tuna catch to the local sushi restaurant. I hear some tune go for $25,000!!! I am sure you will not get that much but hey you can try! LOL


Highly illegal w/ out a Tx. fishmongers license. big fines, jail, loss of buyers business lic.
sellers loss of fishing/hunting priviledges........

great advice!!! thumb
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#11305666 - 12/27/15 08:19 AM Re: Texas Tuna [Re: lite-liner]
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Originally Posted By: lite-liner
Originally Posted By: kickingback
And remember to sell your tuna catch to the local sushi restaurant. I hear some tune go for $25,000!!! I am sure you will not get that much but hey you can try! LOL


Highly illegal w/ out a Tx. fishmongers license. big fines, jail, loss of buyers business lic.
sellers loss of fishing/hunting priviledges........

great advice!!! thumb


LOL...joke buddy...did you picture me with a big ol' tuna on a stringer slapped over my back and me walking into a "Sushi palace" asking who wants to buy this big ol' tuna I got here?! LMAO...wow some imagination you got there...
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#11306477 - 12/27/15 03:36 PM Re: Texas Tuna [Re: SpeciesFisherman]
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it's Texas (& Federal) game law, in the most general of explanation.
no need to be a smartass about it.

to the OP- Zeek is right on. not knowing what gear you will be using,
it's hard to give specific advice, but......
keep the fish in front of you after you're hooked up.
it's called the "tuna shuffle".
watch where & how your line intersects with others (over/under)
whoever is catching the yellowfin, watch them & do what they do.
buy a fighting belt or a big "cush-it" you'll be grateful.
listen to your deckhand!!!!

post a report when you get back!



Edited by lite-liner (12/27/15 03:46 PM)
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#11307203 - 12/27/15 09:26 PM Re: Texas Tuna [Re: SpeciesFisherman]
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Loc: DFW , Texas , USA
Originally Posted By: SpeciesFisherman
I am thinking of doing my first ever Tuna Safari. I think I will be using the multi day charter in Port Aransas. I know that the fishing methods will be jigging, and casting crank baits. What kind of pound drag do I need to fish for tunas? What pound test line should I go with? Any extra information will be very helpful. Thank you!


Drag depends on the pound test of your line but generally we use 1/3 of the line rating. 65# line is 20# drag and 80# is 25# drag 25# is max for me on sand-up tuna gear. We generally don't fish with less than 65# braid and use 60# to 80# Fluorocarbon leaders.

Just remember you have to hold what ever pound of drag you set for the duration of the fight.. put 20# on the end of a broom stick and hold it out in front of you for 10 minutes... you'll get my drift. Get you a tuna fighting belt if your after Yellow Fins and a belly bumper for Black Fins. Metal rod butt gimbals are just brutal on your belly on a long tuna fight.

Have fun hooked

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#11307406 - 12/28/15 02:44 AM Re: Texas Tuna [Re: lite-liner]
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Originally Posted By: lite-liner
it's Texas (& Federal) game law, in the most general of explanation.
no need to be a smartass about it.


I will be a smartass if you post trying to make me look bad. Like I said it was a joke. Sorry you didn't get it. Try to relax and maybe you will next time.

It's all good.


Edited by kickingback (12/28/15 02:45 AM)
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#11341145 - 01/12/16 10:38 AM Re: Texas Tuna [Re: SpeciesFisherman]
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Loc: Austin Texas
I currently have a Spinfisher V 8500 and a Fin-Nor 100LT. Spinfisher produces 35lb of drag and it has 65lb braid, and the Fin-nor has 45lb of drag and it has 80lb braid. Can I use this kind of gear for a tuna trip?
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#11349594 - 01/16/16 12:06 AM Re: Texas Tuna [Re: SpeciesFisherman]
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Registered: 01/24/12
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Loc: Arlington Texas
Do you think the sushi's would do core sample and be like " this 15 dollar a pound good bloodline nice and fatty!" I heard those guys pay $1 a pound for blackfin too!
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#11356458 - 01/19/16 03:08 PM Re: Texas Tuna [Re: SpeciesFisherman]
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Registered: 03/24/11
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Loc: Grand Prairie TX
Originally Posted By: SpeciesFisherman
I currently have a Spinfisher V 8500 and a Fin-Nor 100LT. Spinfisher produces 35lb of drag and it has 65lb braid, and the Fin-nor has 45lb of drag and it has 80lb braid. Can I use this kind of gear for a tuna trip?



Caught all my tuna last week with a Fin Nor 95 I think it was. I would have been fine with just that set up. All my fish on Speed Jigs.
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#11356716 - 01/19/16 05:03 PM Re: Texas Tuna [Re: SpeciesFisherman]
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Loc: Texas, Dallas
ETU got any pics would love to see them!

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