What bait and rigging works best for catching tuna?

What bait and rigging works best for catching tuna?

It seems to me that the best bait for catching tuna is a toss up between squid and ballyhoo. There is a lot written about fishing with ballyhoo for tuna, so I am going to concentrate on fishing for tuna using squid, because outside the mid-Atlantic, there really are not that many ballyhoo found in the tummies of the tuna caught. One reason many tuna anglers choose not to use squid is because they really are difficult to rig in the conventional way most anglers fish it by sitting for long periods sewing it up before they can use it. There is an easier way, though. To begin, use a sinker rather than using a float as you normally would using squid on the surface. Keeping the squid submerged slightly will help keep it in one piece rather than the damage done to it when it is skipped around on the surface. As a result, whenever you don’t need to troll your squid on the surface try this method. A meatier type squid such as that found in the mid-Atlantic usually holds together much better than the thinner squid found in other parts of the country. Use a short shanked hook in anywhere from a 7/0 to a 9/0. Slide a � ounce egg singer onto the leader and then crimp it on your hook. Then crimp on a wind on swivel to the other end of your leader. Tie a piece of rubber band around the leader to keep the egg sinker from sliding down, and you are done. You now have your squid rigged correctly to catch tuna!

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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