How To: Troll Scanning for Tuna

Troll Scanning for Tuna

Capt. Mike Hogan and the Salty Cape crew head to the Dump, a well-known fishing location roughly 30 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.

With birds, whales, porpoises and bait fish in the area, it’s almost a given that if there’s this much life in the area, there’s probably going to be some good sized, hungry tuna.

In this situation, although there is life, you should ask yourself; Are you seeing fish breaking? Are there fishy marks on the fish finder? Similar to the last couple of days, fish were not visible. In this scenario, you want to circle around the whales and other sea life, look for fish breaking and keep your eye on the fish finder for large marks that could possibly be tuna. I would label this step one.

Next, you want to deploy your spread. Step two, if you will.

“We are going to put out a four rod spread,” Capt. Mike said. “Two of the heavier jigs, the 6oz. Harness Jigs, on the flatline clips and two of the casting jigs, the 3oz. Harness Jigs, on the outer lines.”

Harness Jig in Olive

Drop them back roughly 75 feet (shorter on a rougher day). On flat calm days like this, there is no limit to how far back you should troll your lures. It all depends on how much line you want to reel in.

“With the spinning rods, it’s really important to make sure you are locked into the gimbal,” Capt. Mike advised. “It helps to keep the lines low profile and secure.”

Keep your eyes on the fish finder, take the boat out of gear when you mark fish and keep a casting rod rigged up on the bow just in case they start breaking!

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