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.
Tuna Fishing - Sub Surface Lures for Yellowfin(00:23:48)
- 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.
In this In The Spread tuna fishing video, Seth discusses specific lures he prefers in the 60-120 gram range. Several different lure brands, sizes, and prices are presented, providing a firm idea of where to start. You will learn about where to place your casts, angling technique, and the importance of lure build quality.
The discussion also covers the terminal tackle in Seth's rigs and why pairing the right sized tuna hooks and split rings is crucial for a lure's swimming ability. The topic of tuna hooks is a hot one. We will show you the hook sizes used for different lure sizes and how to properly position them on lures. The benefits of using single hooks on bigger fish for fish safety is also discussed.
Not every lure you fish has to meet Seth's standard, but the one underlying principle you must adhere to is quality. You can find good quality tuna lures at both ends of the price spectrum. Sinking stickbaits are a great way to catch tuna, so go with a quality thru build.
No discussion of tuna lures with Seth Hartwick would be complete without thorough coverage of the fishing reels, rods, lines, knots, and tools that make for productive fishing. You will learn about the exact reels Seth prefers and the size and action of the rods he matches them with.
Sub-surface lures, especially those in the 60-120 gram range, can attract more yellowfin tuna strikes than other types of lures. They are effective because yellowfin tuna feed within the top few meters of water.
Seth Hartwick is a renowned global tuna fisherman known for his passion for yellowfin and bluefin tuna. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge about fishing gear and techniques, which he shares in his videos.
Sinking stickbaits are crucial for targeting yellowfin tuna as they feed within the top 3-5 meters of the water column. These lures are effective even when there's a lot of surface action.
Quality is paramount. While not every lure has to meet the high standards set by experts like Seth, it's essential to ensure the lures are of good quality to be effective and durable.
Seth covers a variety of gear in his discussions, emphasizing the importance of matching the right reels, rods, lines, knots, and tools for effective tuna fishing.
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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