Tuna Fishing - Topwater Lures for Bluefin - Seth Hartwick

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Seth Hartwick's topwater lures for bluefin tuna fishing video is essential for anglers looking to advance their learning curve. He is an expert in targeting big tuna and shares his insights on lure placement, bait selection, and tackle. Learn from Seth's expertise on lure rigging techniques, reels, and rods, focusing on casting ability and lifting power.

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  • Idea: Targeting big bluefin tuna with topwater lures.
  • Intensity: Not for the faint-hearted due to the power of bluefin tuna.
  • Experience: Knowledge and experience enhance success with topwater lures.
  • Collaboration: Article in collaboration with Seth Hartwick, an expert fisherman.
  • About Seth: Globetrotter, elite fisherman, knowledgeable on tackle and lures for big game fish.
  • Understanding Bluefin Tuna: Discerning eaters; presentation and rigs are key.
  • Poppers and Floating Stickbaits: Effective lures for surface-working bluefin tuna.
  • Lure Selection: Importance of diversifying lures for different situations.
  • Rigging and Gear: Importance of quality and safety in gear selection.
  • Casting Lures: The right tackle setup is crucial for success.

The idea of targeting big bluefin tuna with topwater lures is sure to send a thrill down your spine. This style of fishing is not for the faint-hearted. Bluefin tuna are incredibly powerful and will push even the best tackle to its limits. The more knowledge and experience you have when you hit the water with topwater lures for bluefin tuna, the better you will fare.

As part of our "In The Spread Fishing" series, we've teamed up with Seth Hartwick, one of the world's leading big game, reef donkey, and tuna smashing fishermen, to share some deep insights on what works when casting lures to big bluefin tuna.

Meet Seth Hartwick

Seth is as nice a guy as they come. He's smart, hardworking, analytical, a tackle diva, and incredibly generous. He fishes with an elite group of globe-trotting fishermen who thrive on targeting the biggest reef fish and tuna in the world, all by means of casting lures. The best part is that Seth loves to share what he has learned on the water.

With access to some of the finest lure crafters and tackle builders, Seth has a refined sense of what works and what doesn't for giants like bluefin tuna. It's to our benefit that he spends the time and money traveling to every major tuna fishing destination in the world, testing tackle, lures, rigs, hooks, and techniques for bluefin tuna fishing to their very limits.

Understanding Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin tuna are as discerning a fish as there is in the oceans. As super picky eaters, your presentation can easily be passed by if it doesn't look right or swim right. Even your rigs can turn them off.

In this video, Seth will share his experience and deep insights into what he looks for in lures for bluefin. You'll quickly learn what works, no matter the body of water you're fishing in.

Poppers and Floating Stickbaits

Poppers and floating stickbaits are outstanding when bluefin tuna are working the surface. They're also excellent for agitated water. Both types of lures will be broken down, so you'll know what to use and when. The rigs, hooks for tuna lures, line, leaders, tackle, and tactics are covered in detail. The importance of boat positioning and casting location is another area Seth heavily stresses. Bluefin tuna fishing is about precision. This is paramount. This video will help get you dialed in.

Lure Selection

Having poppers that dive, swim, and produce thick bubble trails is critical. Seth will discuss the lure he likes and why. You'll hear the lure sizes and weights that get the most bites. Quality is the name of the game with this species. Knowing what to look for in bluefin tuna lures will save you a lot of headaches.

Floating stickbaits are another must-have in your kit. These weapons will serve you very well, as long as there are no birds. With either poppers or floating stickbaits, you're working the top 10 feet of water, where bluefin corral baitfish against the surface.

Rigging and Gear

The rigs for topwater lures are so important. You cannot take shortcuts or your day will be ruined when a bluefin smashes your lure to bits or wrecks your leader system. You'll learn some very valuable lessons from Seth. He talks about rigging lures, the tuna hooks (single or treble) he likes and why. See how to position the hooks the correct way and learn about size, quality, and brands of split rings and swivels. Don't go cheap here.

Along with sound rigs and stout gear, fish safety is critical. The less damage you can inflict on these majestic beasts the better. If you intend to release your fish or if you are keeping fish, making the appropriate choice on hooks for tuna lures is key.

Casting Topwater Lures for Bluefin Tuna

In order to cast topwater lures for bluefin tuna, you really need the right tackle setup. Seth has used and tested countless rod and reel setups. The presentation he makes about the reels, main line, leader system, and his connections is worth every minute of your time. Your gear needs to withstand a real beating. Seth has fished a lot and used a lot, that's why what he shares about casting lures and the requisite gear is so valuable.

Quality is king in this game. Find out what to look for in bluefin tuna lures and build quality. This is a powerful fish that will crush inferior lures and destroy tackle that is not up to the test. What you know and how you use it makes all the difference.


Understanding Bluefin Tuna

Q: Why are bluefin tuna so discerning?
Bluefin tuna are particular about their food. Presentation is key as even the slightest discrepancy can deter them.

Poppers and Floating Stickbaits

Q: When are poppers most effective?
When bluefin tuna are working the surface or in agitated waters.

Lure Selection

Q: What type of lure does Seth recommend?
Seth recommends poppers that dive, swim, and produce thick bubble trails, as well as floating stickbaits.

Rigging and Gear

Q: What is the key takeaway about rigging and gear?
Do not compromise on quality. Proper rigging and high-quality gear are essential to success and fish safety.

Casting Topwater Lures for Bluefin Tuna

Q: Why is gear quality so important?
Bluefin tuna are powerful and will easily destroy inferior lures and tackle.

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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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