So many anglers are still excited to learn how to dial in the new “old” techniques being used to tap their share of SoCal’s incredible bluefin tuna fishery that continues to amaze and get better and bigger by the season.
Ali Hussainy of Local Knowlege and BD Outdoors spends many of his days on his local waters of San Diego chasing these bluefin tuna. He is happy to share the process they have learned to succeed in catching these prized gamefish.
“Fishing bluefin tuna with kites and flying fish was how anglers figured out how to catch these tuna about 100-years ago when these tuna populated SoCal waters,” said Ali. “It’s really cool that we are reviving these original techniques using modern equipment to tap into this fishery that has revisited our waters.”
The benefits of kite fishing are two-fold. First, tuna of all types can be very skittish and boat-shy at times. Hanging your bait hundreds of yards away from the boat has great benefit to finicky schools of fish. You can maneuver your bait, whether artificial or natural into position while maintaining a distance from the feeding fish.
Second, the leader and terminal tackle required to land these tuna, which are now being caught well over the 300-pound range, is quite large and visible.
Dangling the bait vertically from the kite means the heavy leader and big hooks are up in the air and not visible to the fish.
These two factors together make the rigors of kite fishing worth it. Ali demonstrates how to set up the fishing rod for tuna as well as the kite rod and kite needed to present the bait.
Stay tuned for more videos in the series that will continue to explore the entire process of catching bluefin tuna using the kite and flying fish baits.