Tuna Fishing In Key West
"They can be found in shallow but are generally found in the 100-300ft range"
"These fish have big eyes and feed best in lower light conditions such as first light and sundown."
The Florida Keys have one of the best Blackfin Tuna fisheries and tend to hold a lot of fish for months at a time. These tuna love the clean deep blue water that borders the edge of the drop offs and reefs. They can be found in shallow but are generally found in the 100-300ft range. They especially hold well near deeper water wrecks in the 200-300ft range. These fish have big eyes and feed best in lower light conditions such as first light and sundown. They can be caught all day, but they tend to be deeper in the water column during the harsh daylight hours.
"You don't want to overfeed them, but instead create nice steady chum slick of baits to make them comfortable enough to approach your boat. "
They can be one of the most exciting fish to catch, putting on aerial displays and explosive topwater strikes. The best way to target these fish is to anchor up near a deep water wreck, where they have been caught recently. Then you set up a live bait chum slick. What we did with my buddy Kody was use a wiffle ball bat and launch around 6 baits out behind the boat and did this every few minutes. You will see the Tuna star to bust and clear the water way behind the boat, but the strategy is to get them closer and closer with the chum.
You don't want to overfeed them, but instead create nice steady chum slick of baits to make them comfortable enough to approach your boat. We have our best luck using 30-40lb Fluorocarbon leader with 40+ lb braid. You need heavier braid as the sharks can be a real nuisance and you have to really catch your fish fast. Tuna love to run deep and this is where you will get sharked! You have to turn the Tuna fast and crank them up before the sharks take a bite!
Hope you all enjoyed these few tips and tricks!
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