How To: Yellowfin Tuna Tips for S. of Martha’s Vineyard

When trolling the warmer side of temperature breaks in water 70 degrees or more when yellowfin, albacore, stud mahi mahi and wahoo are known to be in the area, I fish a mixed spread in terms of color and lure styles. My flat lines tend to be smaller lures, inside rigger lines tend to be larger bars, outside rigger lines tend to be single lures with birds, and daisy chains. And lastly, rigged natural baits down the center.

Boat Speed: Similar to how I fish colder water for bluefin I tend to troll faster than average, about 7kts to cover ground. I will tweak the speed until I crack the code.

Colors: Yellowfin and other tuna often feed on all size baits, so it’s good to have a mixed spread. The two standard colors south of MV are Green and Rainbow.

I start with (1) green lure, (1) rainbow lure, two (2) amber-colored lures (2) natural colors in the wash and (1) brightly colored chartreuse Joe Shute head WWB (local slang for WAY WAY BACK) down the centerline.

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Lures: I mix and match lures sizes. I want to hedge my spread. In the warm Gulf Stream water, there are so many possibilities of what they can be eating.

Outside Rigger: 40″ Flexi-Bar – 6-inch UV Green Mack

Inside Rigger: 40″ Flexi-Bar – 6-inch UV Amber Squid

Flat Line: Pre-Rigged Harness Jig 6oz Olive Sand Eel

Flat Line: Pre-Rigged Harness Jig 6oz – Tinker Mack

Inside Rigger: 40″ Flexi-Bar – 6-inch UV Amber Squid

Outside Rigger: 40inch Flexi-Bar – 6inch UV Rainbow

WWB: Lastly, on the center rigger, I like a Blue Max UV 5oz/9inch Chartreuse Kit.

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