Red Tuna Fishing

Today in PescaCosmar we talk about an important species that brings certain complexities not suitable for novice fishermen. The bluefin tuna is caught under certain strict regulations that must be followed to the letter, so today we will help you to clarify certain doubts regarding this and at the same time we will give you information on bluefin tuna, as well as our usual advice as to Fishing equipment and recommended techniques.

How is the Bluefin Tuna?

Its scientific name is Thunnus thynnus, a red meat and bluefin tuna known as common tuna, bluefin tuna, cimarron or bluefin tuna, those that exceed 150 kg are recognized as giant bluefin tuna, they can be found In the Mediterranean Sea, and in the Atlantic. Meat has been marketed for a long time and is one of the most expensive and most consumed fish in the world. Size strength and speed put it high in the food chain, and at the same time a challenge for experienced fishermen.

Sizes

The bluefin tuna can reach 3 meters in length and exceptional sizes that exceed 400 and up to 600 kilograms of weight.

Habitat

The tuna lives in the ocean in large masses of free water and little current, it avoids both the bottom and the surface unless it is hunting.

Morphology

Dorsal fins, of great separation, one is composed and holds of thorns and the other of soft stripes. It has an elongated and thick body covered with scales.

Color

It has the dark blue back, while its belly is silver, it does not have spots, in general the shades of its body help to mimic it with the oceanic waters.

What are the regulations regarding bluefin tuna fishing?

Already in October 2009 in Monaco, bluefin tuna was declared an endangered species due to the overfishing of these specimens on the Atlantic coast. The US is the main responsible for the decline in the number of copies and abstained from voting to protect it from international marketing, while the French minister of ecology proposed limiting catches internationally.

The regulations have changed the conditions for their fishing so that the species can be preserved. And already in the Mediterranean the measures are giving their first fruits.

In Spain it is forbidden to fish for bluefin tuna, as well as any competition, competition or event that ends in the death or commercialization of this species.For catch-and-release sport fishing, special permits and licenses are required to ensure the return of this animal to the sea. In case of accidental deaths the license holders must make a declaration according to the regulations of Royal Decree 347/2011 in annex IV, and this copy can not be marketed.

Here is the appendix to Order AAA / 642/2016 regarding sport fishing and recreational bluefin tuna:

“1. Vessels included in the sixth and seventh schedules of the registration of vessels authorized to catch species subject to differentiated protection measures shall carry out, during their tides, the capture and release of live tuna specimens Red. 

  1. During the exercise of this activity, the necessary measures shall be taken at all times to ensure that the tuna caught are kept alive.When a bluefin tuna can not be avoided, and whenever there is a quota available, the capture and release activity must be stopped, the mandatory declaration of capture must be stopped and the whole specimen must be landed and its sale prohibited.
  2. The holding of competitions, sporting events or sport fishing competitions having as target species for bluefin tuna shall be prohibited. “

On the other hand there are closures, that is, specific periods prohibited for capture. In this case, the season runs from October 15 to June 15. In case of accidental fishing the specimen must be returned to the sea either alive or dead.

What fishing equipment is needed for bluefin tuna fishing?

The bluefin tuna is one of the most challenging species in the world of fishing, its catch is a true trophy in the history of the most experienced sport fishermen, they know that the most important thing to catch tuna is a team of great power, which reaches Large distances and allow millimetric maneuvers.

Fishing rods for tuna

For cane it is important to have a equipment that supports a power between 30 and 60 kg, of resistant handle, preferably of one or two sections whose length does not exceed the meter and seventy centimeters. In our online fishing shop we offer you the beautiful and powerful Shimano TLD STAND UP, made of carbon and biofiber, specially designed for the big game.

Fishing reels for bluefin tuna

Needless to say, quality and power are the essential premises for obtaining a good reel for tuna fishing. The braking capacity must exceed 20 kg of traction, while its yarn capacity should be sufficient to exceed 600 meters in yarns greater than 0.30 mm. An extraordinary team that surpasses the qualities necessary for this fishing is the electronic reel Daiwa Tanacom Bull 1000. An exclusive piece for professionals who need maximum performance in their fishing equipment.

Redfin tuna line

It is essential to have strands of resistant monofilament that exceed 600 meters in length and have a minimum thickness of 0.60 mm. We can recommend the Ion Power Iso Red or the Yuki Igfa Azul.

C ebos and lures for bluefin tuna

Tunas are quite voracious and sting very well both natural baits and artificial fishing lures.

For fish with natural, mackerel, sardines, cuttlefish, squid and anchovies work wonderfully. As for the artificial ones, you can read our special report of tuna lures here.

How to fish bluefin tuna?

Anyone who wants to catch good tuna specimens should leave long before dawnand set out to launch the bass line with the first rays of the sun on the horizon.This is the time when tuna hunts with greater vigor any prey that crosses them ahead.

The mode of sport fishing is the troll or big game. You will need practice in the matter and a steel resistance to fight against these strong opponents. Few are the tricks or secrets in this fishing. Patience and skill are worth more than expensive equipment. You will have to weaken the tuna bit by bit and subject it to the power of the reel to be able to bring it to your location.

Be very careful when removing it since it is vital to return it to the water in good conditions, if you do not have a suitable equipment to get it on board, unzip it in the distance and release it with care.

“This has been everything for today, we hope it has been very useful. Dive into fishing for these incredible fighters. Do not forget to check the fishing permits necessary to fish for tuna in your area.”

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