Catching tuna is no joke. Tuna are strong, fast, put up one hell of a fight, and have the strength to snap inferior or mismatched rods into pieces. Picking out the right tuna rod can be a challenging task. Perfect for pairing with fast and powerful reels, the Shimano Trevala spinning rods are ideally suited for jigging larger saltwater species. The Japanese style design is light and durable, weighing significantly less than traditional jigging rods. A high carbon butt-section helps to cut down the overall weight, while the TC4 tip provides increased sensitivity and a lightning-fast recovery.
Available in a wide variety of lengths and power ratings, you can easily find the perfect model for your needs. EVA foam grips ensure you have a solid hold on the rod grip no matter how slippery the conditions get. These rods are surprisingly light and thin, utilizing the same composite TC4 construction found in the Trevala rods. Skeletonized aluminum reel seats help to keep the rod weight down, while durable EVA grips provide a strong purchase on the rod.
These rods are designed specifically with the Tuna popping angler in mind. Each model features a light blank with parabolic action, which transfers more torque to the hooked fish, helping wear it down and get it in the boat faster. Four different rod configurations are available.
Jigging And Popping For Bluefin
From g to g lure weights, and max drag range between 15 and 40 pounds, you can easily find the ideal rod for your target fish. Rough, rugged, and built like a tank, this 3-piece deep-drop trolling rod is ideal for tackling Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, trophy Wahoo, and other offshore giants.
The 3. They utilize spiral wrap construction, which prevents the rollers from twisting or warping under strain. Both a bent butt and straight butt handle come included, which offers excellent versatility and flexibility. A swing tip guide moves the line effortlessly in the direction of the fish, preventing kinks and abrasion from developing. EVA foam grips provide a non-slip hold and comfort for prolonged battles.
This rod is designed to be paired with heavy-duty conventional reels like the Shimano Tiagra. With that combo you can use it for deep dropping, trolling or pulling large dredges. The excellent HT drag washers are made from carbon fiber. The rod itself is all-fiberglass, with a tubular glass blank and a solid fiberglass tip — providing the muscle you need when tussling with offshore heavyweights.
Rounding it all out are the EVA handle grips, which provide a solid hold on the rod no matter how much sea spray covers it.
With so many options out there, picking the best tuna rod for your needs can seem like a herculean task. Jigging rods are designed for dropping jigs deep into the water column. This will ensure the jig action works as intended — enticing the Tuna to bite with ferocity. Both conventional and spinning setups work well for jigging, with spinning reels offering more finesse and sensitivity, while conventional tuna reels offer the muscle and drag needed to fight bigger fish.
Popping rods are specially designed for throwing poppers and swimbaits on the surface. These rods are typically longer — in the 7.Throwing poppers and swimbaits at night can be extremely productive when fishing for yellowfin tuna in the Gulf. Tuna love flying fish and readily come up to the surface to feed. Long, specialized rods and heavy duty spinning reels are best for this type of fishing.
From budget minded, to top-of-the-line, these rods and reels for tuna popping will get you on the right track. These are some of the highest performing, and best valued popping rods on the market today. The newest line of Tuna Sniper rods are lighter, stronger, and have a faster taper for the longest possible casting distance and more control boat side.
This all-aluminum body reel from Fin-Nor could be one of the best values in high-performance saltwater spinning reels today. The Lethal adds a triple-supported spool shaft, a forged brass main gear and a back-up pawl and ratchet anti-reverse. This tough, all metal construction reel from Penn works well for tuna at a good value. Features include an anodized aluminum superline spool, five stainless steel ball bearings and a sealed drag system with 3 HT washers that stays smooth during big runs.
This reel utilizes hybrid ceramic bearings in high-load areas. Specifications for 80PT model. A Gulf tuna staple with excellent performance at a good price.
Specifications for model. These reels are designed, manufactured and assembled in the USA. Widely considered one of the finest spinning reels in the world, the Stella SW can handle the largest fish swimming our waters. This reel utilizes high quality materials and technology in every aspect, including a high rigidity aluminum body, X tough drag washers at the base of the spool, a cold forged aluminum handle and forged metal internals.
This latest version of the Stella is the longest casting reel yet. Specifications for size. Can you help? Lionfish are one of the most destructive invasive aquatic species in history.
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Trolling allows you to cover water in your search and a frantically kicking live bait calls in the tuna from a distance, but when you know where the tuna are feeding, there are other techniques that are often more effective. Jigging and popping have become some of the most popular techniques for targeting pelagic species, and for good reason.
For one, the equipment is much lighter than the traditional trolling or live bait set up. The fishing is also far more interactive and, in the case of the popping, much more visual. But the caveat for this type of fishing is being certain you are presenting your jig or plug to feeding tuna. Getting in range of feeding bluefin tuna is difficult. Seeing bluefin blasting out of the water through balled-up baitfish schools is what tuna anglers dream of. Once you do, however, popping for bluefin can be more effective than trolling as you are constantly putting your lure in front of feeding fish, eliminating the time spent fishing potentially fishless water.
Fishing these areas, he encounters a wide range of baitfish. Halfbeaks Atlantic sauriesmackerel, sand eels, squid and juvenile herring are all among the baitfish that Nugent has to imitate throughout the season. The lure is a good representation of squid, sand eels and herring, and it works well when the tuna are in casting range. On days when he knows what baitfish are out there, Nugent has found that using a lure a bit larger than the prevailing baitfish does not decrease the amount of strikes.
With blue, green, silver and white, Nugent has most of the bases covered. When the fish are feeding heavily on peanut bunker, lures with some pink seem to do pretty well because the undersides of the peanuts have a pink hue to them. The lures imitate herring and halfbeaks and other medium to large baits. These lures are built with a little extra lead to help add yards to the cast, which can important when trying to get your lure in front of a feeding bluefin.
Often, bluefin feeding on halfbeaks will appear on the surface in scattered, isolated explosions. This can make for difficult fishing, as the tuna are spread out over a wide area chasing individual baitfish, making it difficult to find a target to cast to. More important than matching the bait size or color, says Nugent, is matching their movements with the presentation.
The notion that you need to be moving your lure as fast as possible to get a tuna to strike is not the case, explains Nugent. You have to match the retrieve to the bait. The exception is when the tuna are eating large mackerel or halfbeaks. These baitfish are fast, and the retrieve should be similarly fast. Rod tip action is important, Nugent says. Keeping the rod tip moving and getting the bait to dart and dance and splash on the surface draws more hits than simply reeling in straight.
When big concentrations of big sand eels set up over structure, bluefin tuna arrive in numbers to feed on these slender baits.Today, anglers routinely catch bluefin over 70 inches on tackle once thought only suitable for inshore species. We talked with some of the captains who were there for the start of the spinning rod revolution to see how the fishery has continued to change. Just a few years ago, most spinning rod tuna were being caught on metal and soft plastics, with a few falling to poppers.
Today, no serious run-and-gun captain hits the tuna grounds without a quiver full of stickbaits. Early plugs lacked the through-wire to stand up to big tuna, said Captain Dom Petrarca of Coastal Charters Sportfishing. Petrarca began exclusively targeting tuna on his charters inand, like McMurray, started out by casting soft plastics at the fish.
McMurray said the advent of long-casting stickbaits has really changed his approach to tuna fishing. Slowing down the retrieve is another lesson many captains have learned since getting serious about casting to tuna. To go super slow. McMurray fishes his most productive stickbait, the clear-silver Shimano Orcawith a long, slow sweep to make it dive, and then a pause that allows it to float back up to the surface.
The Frantic, he said, is great for less experienced anglers because all you have to do is reel it in. The Espada, Sprengel said, is deadly in the hands of more seasoned anglers, who will impart the action to the lure with the rod tip. They instead waited to get within range of a surface-feeding frenzy before wetting a line, and often switched to trolling or live bait when not seeing tuna on the surface.
Today, many captains put their anglers to work as soon as they reach an area with signs of life, be it whales, birds, or baitfish.
Stickbaits have played a role in making blind-casting more productive by allowing anglers to keep lures in the water longer with long casts and slow retrieves. Tuna cruising near the surface will change course to intercept the wounded baitfish cadence of a slowly worked stickbait, helping anglers hook fish they would have never seen on the surface or the sounder. Soft plastics still hook plenty of tuna every year, but most captains have abandoned the inshore-specific plastics, like the Slug-Go, for tuna-specific lures like the RonZ.
The late Ron Poirier, founder of RonZ lures, did a lot of research and field testing not only in designing a bait that the tuna would bite, but a bait that would hold up to a big hooked tuna without having a hook straighten or pull out. When the tuna-casting game was in its infancy, there were no rods designed for the technique.
Many fishermen simply used heavy striped bass equipment or ultra-heavy spinning rods that were difficult to cast and tiring to work a lure with.
Today, rod manufacturers have refined the resins, nanofibers, tapers, and wall thicknesses needed for rods that are lightweight enough to cast and work lures, but strong enough the break the spirit of a, or even pound-plus tuna. Durability is a major factor, Rice said.
Both are easy enough to cast all day, but strong enough to fight big tuna to the boat. Sprengel uses the Shimano Ocea Plugger.Forums New posts Classifieds Gallery Search forums.
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Thread starter Bantam1 Start date Jun 6, Bantam1 Shimano Rep. Popping for tuna has been popular in many parts of the world for several years. Even the East Coast has been throwing poppers for tuna for much longer than we have out west. Only in recent years has this technique gained popularity on the West Coast. I receive a lot of questions in person about the best rods and reels for this application. I'm sure the recent trophy class Bluefin Tuna being landed on poppers has helped fuel the questions as well.
Reactions: tbevmrw1nst0nrduran and 15 others. Mocruz Member. Apr 17, 43 midway city Name Moises Boat None. Good to have you back, Bantam1. Timmo Member. Hi Bantam, Do you recommend tying the fluoro straight to the lure or go thru a swivel and split ring?
Access Fisherman. Timmo said:. Reactions: Timmo. I leave that to personal preference. Some poppers work better with a ring and swivel, some don't. I direct tie for the smaller fish. You have to experiment with your lures. Some will not like the additional weight on the nose.Best Jigging And Popping Rods For Tuna
Some will not change. Some will have better action. Are three hooks legal in California for a stick bait? Multiple hooks are legal on these lures. The regulations for multiple hooks are for rockfish and salmon. The Owner hooks use something else besides Dacron. Our hooks use Spectra fibers.Discussion in ' Jigging and Popping ' started by cchrisFeb 26, Log in or Sign up.
Feb 26, 1. Feb 26, 2. Feb 26, 3. For cost, OTI tuna snipers. I've had both the older style and nano carbon, for the money it's hard to beat.
Popping gear for Tuna
One draw back is the length. They do run long coming in at 8'6". Their newest line up corrects that small issue. Another one is the Spinal SPL Bout the same class rod. Could find good deals on used ones. Feb 26, 4.
DB's suggestions are top notch! Feb 26, 5. Feb 26, 6. RainbowrunnerFeb 26, Reelhappy1 likes this. Feb 26, 7. I've got an old Tuna Sniper and I tell you what this thing has a beautiful finish,straight as an arrow,guides are perfectly straight sic's grips ,reel seat I like everything about it. The I bought the blank and have it to match the factory rod. Love the action and fit and finish on all three of these rods.
COMFeb 26, Feb 26, 8. Feb 26, 9.Species: Bluefin Tuna. Search New Species. While trolling, chunking, and jigging are often the most popular techniques for targeting bluefin tuna out in the bluewater, popping and casting can also be extremely effective in certain situations.
If the fish are situated at or near the surface and either bait crashing or structure is around, casting poppers and topwater lures for bluefin tuna will be the way to go to put together a solid catch with some amazing visuals of tuna annihilating a topwater lure.
Spinning tackle is most often used when targeting bluefin on top, however out on the west coast conventional tackle is also popular. When looking for a spinning reel, line capacity, drag, and gear ratio are the most important factors to consider. Capable of holding over yards of 50lb Power Pro Maxcuatro, 55lbs of max drag, and a 6.
The Daiwa Saltiga HDF is also a top tier option, while the Shimano Saragosa and are ideal budget minded reels with some serious capabilities. Typical rod lengths vary between 7'6" and 8', which gives you the distance needed to hit a school of feeding tunas without getting too close with the boat.
While popping rods are not usually the best for lifting a tuna from the depths, they still have enough backbone to put the heat on a fish if needed. A little forgiveness in the blank of the rod also goes a long way into transferring energy towards wearing out the fish rather than the angler, which can allow an angler to fight multiple fish throughout the day without as much fatigue as a rod that is much stiffer and less forgiving. Since distance is crucial in this game, the connection between your mainline and leader is of extreme importance.
Traditional knots can hang up on your guides, so either a low diameter knot like the PR, FG, and Sebile or even better a wind-on popping leader will help you achieve the distance you need. Billfisher CN Hand Crimper. Cuda Telescoping Tag Stick with Spike. Jay Jigs Cockpit Harpoon. Seamount Fighting Belt. Shoals Harpoons 8ft 2 Piece Harpoon.
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