August Tuna are when the Yellowfin are often found by both trolling and cubing. In fact a may be caught right up and through to November. In fact some of the bigger fish are caught during summer when the ocean currents bring them and the bait inshore.
After all the bad weather and Covid and even the fuel prices have limited the amount of time spent offshore we got an opportunity last Friday.
Tuna were the target and the weather was good as we set out. We had a look at a couple of the inshore reefs for the chance of a Kingfish. Sadly after losing a few jigs to Barracouta and no Kingies we headed out.
After putting the lures in at the shelf we settled in for the hunt. In about five hundred fathoms the water cleared up significantly with a small temperature break of 0.3 of a degree. I followed this break and saw some big splashes a mile or so ahead of us so sped up a little to get to them. As we approached we could see they weren’t Tuna but in fact a pod of Pilot Whales travelling South on the current.
We kept the company for a while then as we moved ahead of them the Shotgun screamed off. As you can see in the video we landed a Yellowfin of about 30 kg.
We continued on but alas couldn’t find the Pilot Whales and found no more tuna. The guys were happy with plenty of fish for dinner and the wind was picking up so it was homeward bound.