Tuna Fishing - Sub Surface Lures for Yellowfin

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Instructor: Seth Hartwick

Yellowfin tuna are attracted to sub-surface lures, particularly sinking stickbaits, as they are more effective and avoid surface birds snatching. Tuna feed in the upper three meters of the water column, where they use the surface as an edge to trap baitfish. Seth Hartwick, a seasoned tuna fishing instructor, shares his knowledge on casting lures, angling techniques, terminal tackle, and ideal rod and reel setups in a fishing video.

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  • Lure Importance: Sub-surface lures, especially in the 60-120 gram range, are pivotal for attracting yellowfin tuna.
  • Global Tuna Fisherman: Introduction to Seth Hartwick, his preference for quality lures, and his passion for yellowfin and bluefin tuna.
  • Sinking Stickbait: Essential for targeting yellowfin tuna that feed within the top 3-5 meters of water.
  • Lure Selection: Seth's preferred lures within the 60-120 gram range, covering various brands, sizes, and price points.
  • Rigging and Terminal Tackle: Emphasis on pairing the right-sized tuna hooks and split rings for optimal lure performance.
  • Quality Assurance: The necessity of quality in your lures, regardless of price.
  • Gear Discussion: Details on the fishing reels, rods, lines, knots, and tools Seth Hartwick recommends.

Subsurface lures are particularly effective for yellowfin tuna fishing due to several key reasons that align with the tuna's natural hunting behaviors and environmental conditions. Firstly, yellowfin tuna are known to hunt at various depths, often targeting prey that is not on the surface. Subsurface lures, designed to operate below the water's surface, can mimic the movement and appearance of the tuna's natural prey, such as smaller fish or squid, in their typical habitat. This realism in the lure's action and presentation makes it more likely to trigger the predatory instincts of the tuna.

These lures allow for broad versatility in fishing tactics. They can be used in different water conditions and depths, making them ideal for reaching the areas where yellowfin tuna are actively feeding. Whether it’s clear or murky water, calm or choppy seas, subsurface lures can be adjusted in terms of their diving depth and retrieval speed to match the prevalent conditions.

The design of subsurface lures often includes features that create vibrations and sound, which are known to attract yellowfin tuna. These lures can produce a disturbance underwater that mimics the vibrations of a distressed or moving prey, tapping into the tuna's acute sense of hearing and ability to detect movement through their lateral line.

Moreover, the physical robustness of subsurface lures means they can withstand the powerful strikes and aggressive fighting behavior typical of yellowfin tuna, making them a reliable tool for anglers. They can endure the high-speed runs and the deep dives that these tuna are known for, reducing the likelihood of losing a fish due to lure failure.

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Seth Hartwick

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.

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