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Tuna Tech

Tuna on fly, the sort of thing that can bring a grown man to his knees.

January 23, 2013
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Nothing that swims in the ocean or in an angler’s dreams can compare to a monster tuna ­tethered to a fly rod.
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Fishing blitzing schools of false albacore is a great way to practice for larger species of tuna such as blackfin, bluefin and yellowfin.
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Pound for pound, no fly-caught fish can match the raw power of a tuna, and truth be told, nothing puts more of a strain on angler and tackle alike.
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In the Florida Keys, blackfin and skipjack tuna as well as false albacore (little tunny) feed in the same frenzies.
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Smaller, schoolie bluefin can be taken with the run-and-gun approach that works so well on albies, and indeed these fish can be found close to shore midsummer through fall.
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Though blackfin tuna don’t grow to the supersize proportions, pound for pound, they put up one hell of a fight and test the tackle and skill of any angler.
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Finding schools of bait is a good sign that tuna are nearby, but catching bait to use as chum offshore will often bring the tuna to you.
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The author shows off his wife’s hard-earned prize — a healthy Panamanian yellowfin tuna.
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