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Old 09-10-2010, 01:43 AM   #1
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I have never caught a Blackfin Tuna and I have been out alot the past two seasons. What can anyone suggest for a trolling spread or a good lure that works well? Any Blackfin Tuna advice would helpful.
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With the right lures, if the blackfin are in the area they are easy to catch. Most people that see them are offshore fishing for billfish and therefore pulling large traditional marlin type spread (Moldcrafts, Blackbarts, Islanders etc) and they are pulling them close. If you want to catch the blackfin, best lures are spreader bars of some sort, fished further back, way back. We use these with great success as they are cheap and bendable and offer little to no resistance in the water when trolling or fighting the fish unlike metal bars, if you order any tell Rick that Robert sent you! He is a great guy to work with! You can email him directly at [email protected]

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they will hit all sizes but the smaller 4.25 inch will slay the tuna! When the tuna hit the deck you almost always see them coughing up very small bait, but they will hit the large bars as well. We tend to keep some larger bars close in the event a billfish is passing by.

If you look in this YF mouth you will see a bar


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Spreader bars, cedar plugs, small skirts in the 5-7 inch range with or without ballyhoo as well as naked ballyhoo will all take blackfin. Putting small birds ahead of your baits helps too.

Like Robert said, if they are there they usually aren't picky but the size of the bait does matter. Blackfin feed on smaller baits and although they will occasionally hit large lures you'll find more action and better hookups with small ones.
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Thanks for the info. Wish I'd had it before we out yesterday!!
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Thank You for the help. Does color matter? I notice in that pic you are using blue and white. I have some jet head small blue and white skirts, would these work well. Also I have seen skirts similar to the ones on you spreader bar online for cheap. If made some in to daisy chains would they work just as well as a spreader bar?
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Is that Fred's 6" squid?
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As Chris said size does matter especially for blackfin and sometimes for YF as well. The pic below shows a good size for blackfin and YF as well if there are not too many blackfin or bonito in the mix. You certainly can make your own, tricky parts are the bar itself. Rick sells them cheap so I just buy them from him. A daisy chain also works but the bars put so much more "bait" into the water. When we are trolling the deep rigs or trying to get tuna to bite, it is almost comical how many flying fish/squid we can pull! one off each corner and one each on the short and long rigger and one shotgun, ends up being something like 75 lures in the water, but it does work! and will raise the tuna with other lures will not!



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As to color the way I look at it they are so ofen feeding on flying fish and they are blue and white (more or less) so 90% of my lures are some variety of blue/white. I frequently will upsize my bars to scare off the smaller tunas to 6, 9 and sometimes the monster 12"! Or more often larger ones up close and smaller further back, but if the blackfin are thick you will spend all your time winding in blackfin and never get to the YF.

As to whether they are Fred Archer's superbars or not, I am not sure as I own some of his and Rick's. They are both good guys and both are quality products, Rick has always been accessible and I rec. my bars 2-3 days after ordering.

On another note, once I started trolling superbars along with the new circle hook rules for billfish, I almost always troll 6" blue/white prosquids by themselves as opposed to ballyhoo. Sooo much easier and I have not been able to tell any diff yet, accept my cockpit is cleaner and my cooler does not smell like frozen ballyhoo!

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Thanks for the info.
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Thanks for the info. I tried to troll blue and white skirts today. I didn't end up with any Tuna but I did land a Wahoo and about a 25lb Mahi with my buddies.
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I'd take that wahoo over a blackfin anyday! Good job
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