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 Post subject: Hunting tuna
PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:15 am 
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Hunting tuna

We had gone almost 20 miles offshore from Eco Beach (Western
Australia) into the Indian Ocean, on board the 6 meter long charter boat.

The guide/skipper had positioned the boat on top of a reef that he said would produce a lot of fish (coral trout, trevally etc.).

With high expectations,we lowered our soft plastics over the side and worked them energetically .....for several hours!

Nothing. The guide said that he would try another reef...still
nothing.

Our spirits were starting to flag, the day was hot and even baited
hooks lowered by the guide were not yielding anything.

And then I saw it, a splashing on the ocean some 80 meters
away, which could only mean - tuna!

By the time the anchor was raised the tuna had disappeared but the
skipper had already seen a flock of birds diving on the horizon,which meant baitfish being attacked by tuna from underneath .

A mad scramble ensued to put on new lures on the fishing gear (3piece Shimano travel rod 10-15 kg.,30lb braid and 50lb.mono leader,loaded onto Stella 5000SW reels).

We raced to the area, our fingers cocked and ready to send the 60 gm. metal lures ( Surecatch Bishops and Spanyid Raiders) flying into the melee.

Cast and reel in as if our lives depended on it.....and yes, the tuna had
seen the lures and attacked them!

Instant hookup and a sizzling run that peeled off 100 meters of line in seconds...don't touch the drag, just wait it out for the run to stop.

As soon as that has happened, we start the battle..pump and wind
until the fish is near the boat.

The tuna will now stay below the boat and turn in circles, you have
to grit your teeth and slug it out.

Finally, the fish is on board and is identified as a mackerel tuna, a very tough fighter compared to long-tail tuna which also inhabits these waters.

Pictures are taken quickly and the fish speared back into the ocean,
as the guide does not want these for the table.

And then another group is spotted a kilometer away, we chase the tuna and re-enact the battle.It is a triple hookup by the three rods onboard, which means a dexterous dance around the boat to avoid crossing lines and lost fish.

Turn by turn, each fish is eventually landed successfully and
then released.

We chased numerous schools of these mackerel tuna that day for non-stop action and thus turned a listless fishing trip into an exciting one.

We had sore arms and backs for the rest of the day but never a moment of regret...it was hard to hold a glass of Scotch at the bar
that evening!!

Hunting for tuna does that to you!

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No fish for hours - feeling down!

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Tuna on - that's a special unknotted net which doesn't damage the fish

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Beautiful mackerel tuna in hand

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These fish were quite heavy (5kg approx.)

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In between the tuna fishing, we trolled with XRap 30 Magnum in green mackerel colour for spanish mackerel

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We were successful in catching the spanish mackerel

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It was kept for the table

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I can also pose like that - with a little help from my friends!

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High speed spinning reel and metal lures - these are all you need apart from your rod to catch tuna - good luck!

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Kingfish


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:03 pm 
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Awesome report and awesome pictures! good on you kingfish! this is a treat on a saturday morning!

Cheers!

Omesh


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:03 pm 
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Nice catch.Congrats.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:51 pm 
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nice report and pictures mr kingfish
:lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:12 pm 
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Awesome catches and beautiful pictures. It is good to know that you had a blast.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:09 am 
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congrats on great fishing, you must have enjoyed yourself,


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:48 am 
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Thank you everyone, hope you enjoyed the report.

Kingfish


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 Post subject: superb
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:26 pm 
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superb pictures and a lovely report.your patience paid.keep them coming.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:10 am 
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Good write-up, Kingfish.
Equally nice fish / pictures.
Thanks for sharing.

Ravi


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:03 am 
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Hi king fish..
Nice trip log and awesome photos!!
I guess…you guys had gr8 time out there..
It seems ur brand ambassador for shimano.. :)
Keep fishing.. thanks for sharing..
Regards - Vinod


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:19 pm 
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Thank you, Ravi.

Vinod,that is just my lucky fishing cap!

I do not represent any manufacturer of fishing gear and in fact my
various rods and reels are a mix of the most suitable for my purposes.

Regards,
Kingfish


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:28 am 
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Nice one K. A lot like our gunning the boat after Spanish mackerel . I guess you are now happy with SW 5000.




Jeen


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:17 pm 
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Hello Jeen,

Thanks.

I am happy with the SW 5000 but it was a bit slow for the fast retrieve needed for the tuna.

I have bought a Saltist 4500 with the 6.2:1 retrieve ratio. This was the reel used by the guide and it certainly put the required speed on the lures for the tuna.

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Kingfish


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:26 pm 
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Hi K,

The saltist has a ratio of 6.2. So does a 5000SW XG which we use. However Sw 5000 has slower gear ratios on 5000 Fg and 5000 Hg. Also the saltist weights almost 200 gms more than the 5000 xg.

The line retrival on saltist is about 110 cms and the Sw 5000 Xg is around 105, very negligible indeed.

However we have both shimano and Daiwa reels. Daiwa certate 3000 is our favourite reel that hold about 110 mteres of PE 2, which is ok for certain species, but for tuna we will certianly go to a Shimano stella 5000 size for the increased reel capacity. There also, depends on Tuna species, if hunting Yellow fin then its Shimano stella 18 K or 20 K or a Dawia dog fight all can hold about 400 meters or more of PE 5.

Moto :- I ll rather have both than one one particular brand.

But then if you wake me up from sleep and ask me Daiwa or Shimano I would probably say Shimano or would I ?
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Jeen


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:07 am 
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Hello Jeen,

Very interesting comments !

I believe Stella 5000SW are marketed in different formats in different
countries. There is just the standard 5000SW available here and we do not seem to have any choice similar to your Fg,Hg,Xg in this particular model.

By the way, where were yours sourced from?

Although the gear ratio on the one I have is also indicated to be 6.2:1,
similar to the Saltist, I believe it's line retrieval speed is slower....this would
explain why the tuna would follow my lure and not attack it until I raised
the rod high and retrieved the lure by skipping it over the water, rather than going entirely through the water column.

Presumably, there was less water resistance to slow the lure when it was
partially out of the water. The tuna then attacked the lure repeatedly.

The guy operating the Saltist had no such problems.

Interestingly, I have also fished with the Daiwa Certate, mine is the
3500 HD model (great reel), it holds 300 meters PE 2.

Despite it's 4.8:1 ratio, it was successful on catching tuna ... however,
these were longtail tuna which presumably are not as picky as the
mackerel tuna about lure speed.

The other factor may be that with the Stella 5000SW, I was casting and
retrieving 60 gm lures, which may perhaps have slowed the retrieval rate ... whereas with the Certate I was using 40 gm. Twisty's.

However , I had no choice on this recent trip as the mackerel tuna totally
disdained the Twisty lures and I had to switch to the larger 60 gm. ones
being successfully used by the guide.

Regards,
Kingfish


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:43 am 
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K,

Most of our stuff are sourced from Japan (plat fishing shop). Skipping the bait on the suface at speed is the best retrieve for any pelagic busting bait . This triggers them as the skip imitates fleeing bait fish . Also I guess the fish is at a loss to judge or size up the lure as it is on the surface and they see only the commotion rather than the size or shine of the lure.


Jeen


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:14 am 
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Jeen,

Agreed, keep the lure skipping for the pelagics.

Kingfish


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 Post subject: good insight
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:01 pm 
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Kingfish & Jeen, Sirs your insight on the reels was superb.professionalism at its best.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:01 pm 
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Calvin,

Thank you very much.... I don't think we are professionals by any means.

Just your average mad keen anglers!

Kind regards,
Kingfish


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:16 pm 
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Good writeup, some good fishes and very informative discussions.

Congratulations.

Regards,

Ali.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:05 am 
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Many thanks for your kind comments.

Kingfish


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