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How to Rig Flying Fish for San Diego BLUEFIN Tuna

January 17, 2020


one of the most asked questions we’ve
gotten lately here on our YouTube channel is how to rig flying
fish to catch a big bluefin tuna here in San Diego for whatever reason
those bluefin will not look at a lure they will not look at a live sardine
they will not look at anything other than the little tiny anchovies they’re
eating and this big nasty winged smelly mullet I don’t get it I probably never
will get it how they could ignore everything else that comes in the water
but for whatever reason they see this flying fish it’s game on
earlier in the season especially if we slid one of these flying fish rigs into a tuna foamer it
wasn’t a matter of minutes it was a matter of seconds before you got bit I
was a little slow adapting this but some friends really converted me and now I
truly believe this is the best way to get a bite from a big bluefin tuna so
here’s normally what I do these come in a 3-pack I’ll pull a flying fish bait out they’re
frozen solid and you want to keep them that way while you’re fishing I’ll take
the bait just toss them in the bait well I’ll give it about two or three minutes
in the bait well and what I’m trying to do is I’m not trying to defrost the
entire bait all I want to do is defrost these joints right here and what those
joints do is they hold his wings so now what I’ve got is a flying fish bait that’s frozen
solid but I can actually move and articulate the wings once I’ve got my
flying fish wings defrosted I’m going to take a wooden skewer straight up kebab skewer I
literally stole these out of the kitchen and got yelled at by my wife I’m gonna
take this I’m gonna go right in front of the wings you can even clip the Gill a
little if you have to I’m gonna push this and this baits frozen solid so it’s
gonna take a little bit of work which is great because that means it won’t move
or tear out I’m gonna jam it all the way through the bait okay I only need half
the skewer and because I’m very cheap all I do is I push this pointing in
through I will bust it off here and then I’ve got a skewer to rig another bait so
I’m gonna save that now once I’ve got my skewer through my date I’m gonna open
the wings and I’m gonna take the tip of one of my hooks or the skewer itself and
I’m just gonna punch a little hole in the webbing in the wings right behind
the second bone this is the first that’s the second and that gives you enough
strength to where when I tie this guy up it’s got some purchase to grab on to and
it’s not gonna rip right debate now that I’ve done that this is
rigging floss comes in a lot of weights I like the heavier stuff I think this is
50 pound cut off about an 8 inch section cut that in half gives me two pieces I’m
gonna take this floss I’m gonna stick it right through that hole that I just made
this is important here I’m gonna pull the popsicle stick or pull the wing to
the popsicle stick but I’m gonna put a wrap on the popsicle stick and that’ll
prevent the stick from sliding out or your tie point moving anywhere so I just
make a couple of overhand knots nothing real scientific there on both
sides I’m just gonna rinse and repeat here through the whole wrap the stick
come on it up tie that thing it really stretched those wings out I’m just gonna
trim them I don’t like a sloppy looking bait I don’t think the fish mind but I
do the other important piece of the equation is the hook rig pretty simple
actually what I’ve got is a must at hide you treble hook I like a 500 or a six oh
this is also a must at hide you J hook these are both they’re high-end super
strong offshore hook then I’m rigging them this is seaguar blue fluorocarbon in
three hundred pound test and this is what I use to connect everything
together you need about a 10 inch leader between the eye of the J hook and the
treble hook and what that’s going to do is connect the two together then for
your your actual bait leader I’m using a real short section little over three
feet maybe and the reason I’m using this real heavy line is a lot of times when
they bite this thing they’re gonna swallow this whole rig
I like the see gar in 300 pound tests because they can’t chew through it and
also because fluorocarbon is inherently tougher and more stiff which won’t let
their teeth penetrate like they might do mono you want to use a few crimps that
are appropriately sized for the line you’re using that’s the single most
important thing about crimping everybody likes to hook the J hook a little bit
different and I’ve experimented a bunch of ways still my favorite way to do it
is I there’s a hard part right here in the back of the head I want to try to
bring it down as straight down the body so that the bait is balanced as I
possibly can so that went in straight and came out along the same
like the reason that’s important is when I’ve got it hanging from the kite I
warned him to hang as perfectly vertical as possible you’re never totally gonna
nail it but you want to strive for perfection here because it’s gonna make
it easier to work that babe take the treble hook there’s some real heavy meat
back here around this fin in his tail on the top of his tail I’m gonna stick them
this through that kind of tough skin that they have around their fins and I’m
just gonna bury it in there like that and really that’s the whole flying fish rigging now when
you fish this rig what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna put your kite up like
you have normally you’re gonna run your rod the line coming off of your rod
through the release clip I love the Affco release Clips lock them down all
the way so yeah it takes maximum pressure to release that clip the reason
we put the clips so tight is that a lot of times they’ll miss this bait you got
to think a 200 pound tuna coming up out of the water he’s pushing a lot of water
ahead of him just with his speed they’ll blow this out of the water they’ll miss
it another one will come get it and it’s happening right off the side of the boat
it is one of the most exciting ways to get a bite in any kind of fishing seeing
200 pound bluefin tuna compete over your bait is just awesome sometimes if it’s really
biting good you can just lay it on the surface of the water and believe it or
not they’ll find it from a hundred feet under another thing that we’ll do is
we’ll send it out on the kite on the electric reel and then we’ll slowly
retrieve it and then we’ll loosen the drag on the electric reel so it slowly
goes away and we’ll fish it away and back it’s a trick that the long range
guys invented years ago and it’s still deadly today the other thing that we’ll
do is we’ll get this off the side of the boat about 75 yards or so and then we’ll
just bump the boat in gear and it’ll this will just kind of push along the
surface of the water and this guy’s wings pushing a wake like that it makes
those bluefin tuna insane one other trick that will help you hook more fish with this
rig is you want to have an indicator on your leader not your bait leader but
your actual wind on that you’re using on the rod about ten or twelve even fifteen
feet away from the boat when you get bit do not wind until that indicator goes
underwater and what that’s telling you is the fish has actually got the bait
and he swam with it it’s in his mouth because a lot of times they’ll blow it
up and I’ll see you guys get all excited and start winding and they’re just
pulling the bait away from the fish just wait till your indicator
goes down be very patient it’s so exciting it’s really hard
you’ll definitely hook more fish and just using this technique alone over
skipping the yummy flyer or throwing a popper you’re going to increase your
catch count astronomically it really is deadly for me these days this is my
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