With bluefin tuna biting close to home, it’s almost impossible to not find a fleet sitting in the area that the fish are biting. While most boaters are content to just pull up and join the ever growing mass of boats, those same boaters are the ones who usually go home skunked and frustrated.
The keys to success are identifying what’s happening where the fleet is fishing then figuring out why the fish are biting in that zone. The things to consider are water color and temperature, topography and forage. Once you understand those variables, you can make some educated guesses that will enable you to drive away from the fleet with the confidence that you can find your own fish.
Your chart is your biggest asset when fishing offshore so it pays to give it a good look before heading out. If you’re planning to fish in a specific area you should familiarize yourself with the topography in that area so that you can not only look for fish in high percentage areas but know where else to go if you find the fleet in your intended fishing zone.