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#12021115 - 01/04/17 09:39 PM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: Cali hunter]
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Registered: 09/09/16
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Originally Posted By: Cali hunter
lol I never was much of a live bait fan! sounds like my kinda fishing miss catching bluefin on poppers! im going to have to make a trip! how deep are these fish yall are running jigs on?


Bluefin is extreme rarity here. I've been on ~10 trips and saw zero bluefins and two bigeyes. Blackfin is typically 100-400' down or on top, yellows mostly caught chunking (most reliable, but also most boring method) or on topwater (if they come up... and often they don't). Catching yellowfin on a jig happens quite infrequently.

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#12021268 - 01/04/17 11:38 PM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: CaptNemo]
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Loc: Arlington Texas
How far are the floating rigs from Aransas? Do you go to the Falcon?
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#12021837 - 01/05/17 10:22 AM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: C.M.]
Cali hunter Offline
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Registered: 02/16/16
Posts: 43
Originally Posted By: C.M.
Originally Posted By: Cali hunter
lol I never was much of a live bait fan! sounds like my kinda fishing miss catching bluefin on poppers! im going to have to make a trip! how deep are these fish yall are running jigs on?


Bluefin is extreme rarity here. I've been on ~10 trips and saw zero bluefins and two bigeyes. Blackfin is typically 100-400' down or on top, yellows mostly caught chunking (most reliable, but also most boring method) or on topwater (if they come up... and often they don't). Catching yellowfin on a jig happens quite infrequently.

I still travel back to cali and jump on boats my buddies captain usually every year to get down catch my blue fin. id love to get into some blackfin one of the tuna species i havnt caught yet! 400 feet what are yall using ball and chain to get down there lol.. hopefully next winter ill get on a boat with you boys and get to pound on some fish and shoot the shat!
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#12021854 - 01/05/17 10:30 AM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: Cali hunter]
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Registered: 09/26/05
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Loc: Lewisville
Originally Posted By: Cali hunter
Originally Posted By: C.M.
Originally Posted By: Cali hunter
lol I never was much of a live bait fan! sounds like my kinda fishing miss catching bluefin on poppers! im going to have to make a trip! how deep are these fish yall are running jigs on?


Bluefin is extreme rarity here. I've been on ~10 trips and saw zero bluefins and two bigeyes. Blackfin is typically 100-400' down or on top, yellows mostly caught chunking (most reliable, but also most boring method) or on topwater (if they come up... and often they don't). Catching yellowfin on a jig happens quite infrequently.

I still travel back to cali and jump on boats my buddies captain usually every year to get down catch my blue fin. id love to get into some blackfin one of the tuna species i havnt caught yet! 400 feet what are yall using ball and chain to get down there lol.. hopefully next winter ill get on a boat with you boys and get to pound on some fish and shoot the shat!


Typically this fishing is done near a deep water oil platform. THe shallower ones are 800-1,200 ft deep, and the 'floaters' can be in 3,000+ feet of water.

An 8-12oz jig is usually adequate to get to 400 ft.
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#12022150 - 01/05/17 12:56 PM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: Uncle Zeek]
Cali hunter Offline
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Registered: 02/16/16
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Originally Posted By: Uncle Zeek
Originally Posted By: Cali hunter
Originally Posted By: C.M.
Originally Posted By: Cali hunter
lol I never was much of a live bait fan! sounds like my kinda fishing miss catching bluefin on poppers! im going to have to make a trip! how deep are these fish yall are running jigs on?


Bluefin is extreme rarity here. I've been on ~10 trips and saw zero bluefins and two bigeyes. Blackfin is typically 100-400' down or on top, yellows mostly caught chunking (most reliable, but also most boring method) or on topwater (if they come up... and often they don't). Catching yellowfin on a jig happens quite infrequently.

I still travel back to cali and jump on boats my buddies captain usually every year to get down catch my blue fin. id love to get into some blackfin one of the tuna species i havnt caught yet! 400 feet what are yall using ball and chain to get down there lol.. hopefully next winter ill get on a boat with you boys and get to pound on some fish and shoot the shat!


Typically this fishing is done near a deep water oil platform. THe shallower ones are 800-1,200 ft deep, and the 'floaters' can be in 3,000+ feet of water.

An 8-12oz jig is usually adequate to get to 400 ft.

wow ya thats a little different guess my flat falls wont get me down there fast enough lol! going to be doing some research going to have to get some bigger gear! im a light gear long fight kinda guy!
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#12022159 - 01/05/17 01:00 PM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: CaptNemo]
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Yeah, this isnt longfin or bluefin fishing with Mike Lackey on the Vagabond
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#12022229 - 01/05/17 01:28 PM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: Uncle Zeek]
Cali hunter Offline
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Originally Posted By: Uncle Zeek
Yeah, this isnt longfin or bluefin fishing with Mike Lackey on the Vagabond

on these trips what do yall do the most of jigging or chunking or what?
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#12022324 - 01/05/17 02:05 PM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: CaptNemo]
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I prefer jigging over chunking, unless the yellowfin are just really active. When the fish are near the surface, I enjoy tossing an oversized rattletrap.
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#12022826 - 01/05/17 06:11 PM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: CaptNemo]
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Im a topwater guy, it's poppers or halco's exclusively.
if my shoulder starts hurting, I go to the chunk.
jigging is very productive for blackfin, yellows not as much but still
worthwhile, as the biters are usually bigger fish
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#12023028 - 01/05/17 07:44 PM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: Cali hunter]
C.M. Offline
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Registered: 09/09/16
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Originally Posted By: Cali hunter
id love to get into some blackfin one of the tuna species i havnt caught yet! 400 feet what are yall using ball and chain to get down there lol.. hopefully next winter ill get on a boat with you boys and get to pound on some fish and shoot the shat!

On average trip boat gets like ~300 blackfins and ~12 yellowfins, so (unless you are in for a meat haul) blackfin fishing quickly gets old.
You use jigs of appropriate weight to get down there. I know a guy who fishes 800' sometimes -- he caught 170lb+ bigeye one day (I saw it), few times he hooked a train. Just a matter of skills and tools.
Look up Galveston Party Boats online. 36h trips, This fishing is not for faint-hearted, benches in the cabin are rather limited, about 30% of people have to sleep outside.
Season opens in August, peak is around November. I suggest booking in advance (like 3-4 months before).

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#12023063 - 01/05/17 07:59 PM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: C.M.]
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Originally Posted By: C.M.
he caught 170lb+ bigeye one day (I saw it)


Caught a bigeye approx 80# by dropping 600 feet once. Would love to do it again.

The deckhands were sure it was just a yellowfin, so they counted it towards my limit. Caught six YFT on that trip, so had to give four away ...
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#12023176 - 01/05/17 08:55 PM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: CaptNemo]
Cali hunter Offline
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sweet yall are full of info! I heard about the sleeping arrangments and stuff like that dont bug me been in worse. is it true they dont have a galley to cook for ya also?
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#12025034 - 01/06/17 06:33 PM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: CaptNemo]
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Registered: 07/01/04
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Loc: Fulton, Texas
galley? cook? roflmao
typically on our charters,(scat cat, port A) we do a pot-luck, with all anglers showcasing their finest man-grub. you usually leave heavier than when you arrived.......
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#12025600 - 01/07/17 12:11 AM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: CaptNemo]
Day0ne Offline
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Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 294
Loc: Rowlett, TX
Galveston Party Boats has a galley, cook and some pretty good food but nothing fancy. The Capt John has microwaved food, and not as good a catching record.
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#12027338 - 01/08/17 09:21 AM Re: Tuna fishing [Re: lite-liner]
Cali hunter Offline
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Registered: 02/16/16
Posts: 43
Originally Posted By: lite-liner
galley? cook? roflmao
typically on our charters,(scat cat, port A) we do a pot-luck, with all anglers showcasing their finest man-grub. you usually leave heavier than when you arrived.......

lol my favorite food is boat food... it was hard to be a deckhand and not be fat! pot luck sounds like fun ill be jumping on a boat at the end of 2017!
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