Sportboat Roundup – Tonie’s Bluefin Tuna Gear and Tackle Recommendations

Welcome back to another installment of Sportboat Roundup! Like Tonie mentioned in her most recent video, her standard report will be shifting more towards tackle tips, gear recommendations, anything and everything Sportboat fishing related. If you have something that you’d really like to see covered, don’t forget to leave a comment and we’ll do our best to cover it in a future video.

This week, Tonie talks Bluefin! While the Bluefin are actually biting very well at the outer banks currently, there are not many boats fishing it. So in lieu of a fishing report, Tonie talks Bluefin setups. She goes over exactly what you’ll need to not only get started, but also to have success when targeting Bluefin. Check out which rods, reels, and jigs that Tonie recommends for our Pacific Bluefin; remember that the crew of the Grande and herself spend more time on the water than off it during the fishing season, so they’ve seen it all and know what works and what doesn’t.


Tonie Bangos currently works aboard the Grande and is a seasoned angler who brings us weekly updates that include reports, tips, and the most current information about what’s working in the SoCal Sportboat fishery.⁠ Having worked on fishing boats ranging from San Diego all the way to Alaska, Tonie is well versed and skilled in the fishing scene. She has quickly established herself as one of the most prominent female anglers in Southern California, and anyone who has been lucky enough to fish with her will confirm that she’s an excellent fisherwoman. Every week we look forward to hearing from Tonie, and are very fortunate to have her as a Pro-Contributor.

It would be great to comment on some of the tackle needs, setups, expected species, weight needed etc… for the newly lifted depth restrictions in 2023
There is no description for the fishing gear, and I would like to know what are the fishing gears for using tuna?