Seth Hartwick, a global fisherman, shares his insights on yellowfin tuna jigs, jigging techniques, rods, and reels for targeting tuna at depth. He discusses rig options like drop cord, hooks, skirts, split rings, and swivels, as well as his preferred reels and rods for jigging. Hartwick emphasizes the importance of the right gear ratio, drag system, and rod size when selecting jigging rods.
Tuna Fishing - Jigs for Yellowfin(00:13:04)
- Understanding Yellowfin Tuna Behavior: Yellowfin tuna often suspend at the depth of deep water bait fish. Speed jigs or knife jigs are effective tools to trigger bites.
- Importance of Right Gear and Techniques: The key to success is having the correct gear and understanding jigging techniques. This includes knowing how to fish the entire water column and understanding boat and angler positioning.
- Choosing the Right Jigs: Seth Hartwick provides insights on the weight range of jigs, rigging, and the importance of the drop cord, hooks, skirts, rings, split rings, and swivels.
- Critical Elements of Successful Jigging: Matching your rod to the jig size and having the right reel setup is crucial. Seth shares his preferred rods and reels for the task.
Like most pelagic fish species, yellowfin tuna will often suspend at the depth of deep water bait fish and feast. The challenge lies in how to fish for yellowfin tuna when they are deep in the water column. Speed jigs or knife jigs, as they are sometimes called, are particularly effective tools for this purpose.
If you've spent enough time yellowfin tuna fishing, you've likely seen dolphin schools pushing bait with no visible surface activity from the tuna. Below the surface, hordes of predators are feasting on hapless baitfish. In this scenario, jigs can be your saving grace.
Jigs are excellent fish catchers. The key is having the right gear and understanding jigging techniques to capitalize on the tuna's feeding behavior. You need to reach them where they are holding, and knowing how to fish the entire water column is crucial.
Seth Hartwick brings a wealth of insight on yellowfin tuna fishing with his instructional fishing video. He discusses not only the jigs and related tackle but also boat positioning relative to the school before dropping and when to reposition your boat. He also shares how to situate yourself relative to the wind, an often overlooked aspect of successful fishing.
When it comes to jigs for yellowfin tuna fishing, Seth Hartwick has tried nearly everything on the market. His insights will save you ample time and money. He discusses the weight range of jigs you should have and how to rig jigs for yellowfin tuna fishing. He goes into detail about the drop cord, hooks, skirts, rings, split rings, and swivels, as well as what size to use relative to the jig size.
The other critical elements to successful jigging relate to the rod and reel setup. Matching your rod to the jig size you are fishing is essential. Having the right reel with the appropriate gear ratio and drag setting can make all the difference. Seth shows you the rods and reels he uses and explains why he uses them.
Yellowfin tuna often suspend at the depth of deep water bait fish. Knowing their behavior can help in effectively using jigs to trigger bites.
Having the correct gear and understanding jigging techniques allows you to capitalize on the tuna's feeding behavior and increases the chances of a successful catch.
Seth Hartwick shares his extensive experience and insights on yellowfin tuna fishing in his instructional fishing video, covering jigs, related tackle, boat positioning, and more.
Matching the rod to the jig size and having the right reel setup with the appropriate gear ratio and drag setting are crucial for successful jigging.
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Seth Hartwick is a topwater fishing enthusiast, traveling worldwide to catch GTs and Tuna using big poppers and stickbaits. He values the natural state of the ocean and far off reefs, and has made over 83 overseas trips. Seth has shared adventures with his dad and works as a journeyman lineman for a power company in SE Michigan.Read more