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Old 07-13-2011, 12:15 PM   #1
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I ran a couple trips this weekend and forgot my camera at home. Of course thats when the tuna start biting really well and its flat calm and I could have got great pictures offshore.
On friday I had some guys in from tampa. Andy Ngyuen and his crew were here for some tuna. I struggled to get bait in the morning but we finally got some bar jacks which arent my favorite but theyre better then nothing. Pulled up to our first rig and went 1-2 on livies but we did catch plenty of bonitas on poppers. The bite kinda died off then and we went a little further out and got on a decent chum bite. Glad I saved those bonitos cause they came in handy as we added 4 more yf to the box for a total of 5. At that point we headed north looking for red snappers. They were a little finicky but once we got them going we put a limit of 12 in the boat in no time.



On saturday I had a local crew in and we headed south looking for tunas. I had my bonitos saved over from the previous day and we put them to good use. First drift was a tuna in the box. Then the rainbow runners got thick on us and we couldnt do anything. There were a few fish jumping and we did put a 96 pounder in the boat on a frenzy popper. We left that rig and went to another one we could see and found more tuna and less rainbow runners which makes for a good combo when your trying to chum. Added three more yf and a nice dolphin to the box before we headed off for snappers. Easily caught our limit of 12 red nibblers and headed to the house with our five yf.

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Good deal!! Ya'll keep loading the boat.
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Hows the water over there?
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:44 PM   #5
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Blue water was 12 miles out last day I fished
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:27 AM   #6
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Captain Eddie,

I've fished Venice numerous times in my own boat, but never tried live bait for tuna. Though I'm fairly experienced in offshore live baiting billfish (every blue marlin I've caught out of Destin has been on big live hardtails), I understand that you guys like much smaller baits for tuna (so-called "tuna candy").

My question is, what exactly is "tuna candy" and why do I read so often here and on Rodnreel that it is hard to find? When I used to king mackeral fish a lot, we'd run over to the rigs just east of South Pass and find all the bait we needed for kingfish on any rig or pipe we threw a sabiki rig to. These were usually in the form of little crevalle, blue runners, herring or cigar minnows. Is this not "tuna candy?" Do the rigs and pipes out of Tiger Pass and South Pass not have these baits?

Just wondering.

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Tuna Candy or Tuna Crack are 5-6" baby hardtails.
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Herring is definitly tuna candy. I have never gotten cigar minnows here although I have gotten plenty of tinker mackerals. Really 3-4 inch hardtails are the perfect size bait. Sometimes they are real easy to find and other times they're difficult as heck to find. Having the right bait can make all the differ cd in the world though
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