Capt. Mike Hogan and the Hogy Crew head out to Regal Sword, a well-known fishing spot East of Chatham, to target giant Bluefin Tuna on the Hogy Harness Jig lures.
There are two main methods when searching for tuna offshore; staying with life (whales bubble feeding, top water tuna, bait on the surface, bird activity) and the search and drop technique, which involves doing a search pattern with your fish finder looking for targets.
The Hogy Harness Jig is one of the most versatile, life-like bait fish imitation lures for targeting BFT.
Time: Early August
Lure: Hogy Harness Jig
Idle slowly and watch the fish finder for targets.
Reel: Shimano Talica 20s and 25s (conventional)
Line: 100lb. braided hollow core
Leader: 30′ wind-on jigging leader, 130lb. fluorocarbon
Many of the hits will come on the drop; be vigilant.
If you reach bottom before you’re supposed to reach bottom, bare down.
Step 2: If you’re on a center console, head to the bow and fight the fish about 15% off the center. Be conscious of your angling position and the captain should position the boat to accommodate the angler.
Step 6: Be prepared if the fish changes direction. Reel as fast as you can if it starts running toward you.
Step 7: Be prepared to get vertical. The closer the fish gets, the deeper it will dive beneath the boat.
Step 1: Enter the rigging hole on the nose. Feel for the passageway and push.
Step 2: Exit the second hole on the back.
Step 3: Slide the bait flush with the jig head over the knuckle of the tail.
Step 4: Option – glue to secure.