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Bluefin fishing is the pinnacle of Southern California sportfishing (and arguably the world) for its pure brute strength and incredibly tasty table fare. Favoring water temps around 60-72 degrees, this broader spectrum of temperature flexibility allows this fish to bite nearly year round. However, the general season usually starts in March and goes through October.
This method uses a Helium Balloon in place of a kite to lift the bait away from your boat, and out of the water. Good for a calm day. Just dunk your bait in and out of the water to imitate a fish by jigging your line while watching your bait.
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The Pacific Bluefin is among, if not the most, prized sportfish that can be caught by an angler. Many new anglers struggle to even get one on the line, but even if you do hook one, you have to have perfect execution to get it on the deck. They put up one hell of a fight, often lasting hours. I have seen them wear through very thick fishing line by just pure brute strength and a strong will to live.
All that being said, there is no more of an exhilarating battle to be found between a man and a fish. Remember, 40 to 300lbs!
There are several techniques we have found to be more effective than trolling or freelining bait (although these methods still work well)!
The oldest and some argue, still the best, method of catching bluefin is to lay out four to six swimming baits behind your boat and proceed to troll them at 7-10 knots. On the hookup, throw a ton of bait, and switch to a free line live bait if your not hooked up. The speed of the crew and passengers in switching over to free line after the troll hook up is key. This method does offer more precision, as you can do drive bys on kelp patties that are known to hold fish. The downside, is that the larger and older bluefin have seen this trick many times, and will likely not fall for it. They see the line, and they are gone. Once the blue fin dive, your chances of picking them up are slim.
Here is Captain Trevor Whitmarsh on the DEADEYE, showing off a recent catch for his very happy customers, standing behind him in this shot. This specimen weighed in at over 170lbs. In other words, it weighs more than the captain! The lucky angler (pictured to the right in the blue shirt) was happy to finally catch his first ever bluefin, which he had been chasing for a very long time.
This size bluefin tuna sometimes takes over one hour to get on the boat, and not surprisingly, many fish are lost in the battle. Hooking a giant bluefin tuna and landing a giant bluefin tuna are not the same! Most losses occur when the Tuna gets close to the back of the boat.
Kite fishing is the method of using a kite to fly your bait up and away from the boat. This accomplishes two things. Firstly, it moves your bait far away from your noisy boat and puts it quite a way off in the distance. Secondly, it take the fishing line out of the water so that the Bluefin can not see the line. The kite just dips the bait in the water occasionally. Putting frozen flying fish as bait is irresistible to them.
Rest assured, we take Blue Fin Sport Fishing very seriously! All of the gear provided on a bluefin trip is our best, heaviest, and newest tackle. We run 50 wides for when the big blues are out!
If you do hook one of these monsters, be prepared for a long and hard fight. Our captain will maneuver the boat to put you in the best position to land the fish, all the while our deckhands will be standing by with multiple gafs. As soon as you see the fish under the water, yell "COLOR" and one of our deckhands will quickly come over and land your fish.
This lucky angler aboard the Nomad out of Mission Bay lands a healthy 190 pound bluefin after a 50 minute fight on a Penn real with 60lb braid off the kite. Captain Mike Sorr landed the fish on a short 3/4 day charter heading to the San Clemente basin just East of the San Clemente islands just north of the Mexican border with the U.S.
Using the kite to position the bait over the foaming bluefin provides the ability to place bait in the water without spooking the fish with visible fishing lines, boat sights or sounds, and effectively will double your chances of getting the hookup. Also, being able to land a flying fish on their head is also the way to go. Flying fish have been THE ticket last season and we will be planning on using them again this year.
We know that it takes a lot of time, effort, and money to go after Giant Bluefin Tuna. We take your trust into consideration by providing you with the BEST chance. Our vessels are well equipped, seaworthy, and most importantly, they are captained by professionals that specifically know how to not only find, but boat the big blues that you are after. Having the right gear is only part of the equation. Only through years of experience and trial and error earned by many days spent on the water, can a captain repeatedly and consistently land tuna. When you go deep sea fishing with us, you can be assured we have the experience you want.