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How to recreationally fish for Bluefin?

Old 06-26-2014, 05:30 AM
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Default How to recreationally fish for Bluefin?

Hi I'm a new member to the hull truth. This summer I'm going to try and start just with the bluefin tuna schoolies. I live in Maine near boothbay also. So I already have some money saved up for the tuna and I was a 30-80 lb rod with maybe a 30 vw international ( if you have any other suggestion please say them). I have a 20 foot boat too. So to get the hms recreational are there any certain requirements or courses you have to take in order to receive this? Would just two rods starting out would be good?

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Old 06-26-2014, 11:40 AM
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No courses for the HMS permit. Just $20.
Old 06-26-2014, 05:09 PM
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Hi enjoy the fishery sure you will have a blast and no doubt you will hook a few. Check out a website called the Save the Atlantic Bluefin great bunch of guys and excellent fisherman. On their site if you register they will send you a tag stick and kit. Also some videos on how to properly release the small ones back into the ocean. Read up on the use of circle hooks especially for the small ones. Have a great time out there.

Small boat tuna fishing. The pacific Northwest guys have it nailed down big time. You gotta check out their techniques and approaches all developed for small boats. I found it very informative. Especially their flat line approaches.

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Thanks guys for the help so far, the website did have a lot of informational stuff, but do you know what gear to use?
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I am not a tuna expert...just a enthusiastic fisherman!

Post in northeast forum and you will receive a ton of feedback. I am out of Portland and regular fish offshore.... Not sure I would use a 30 for bft as most of our bft stock is pretty mature. 50w's are considered the minimum by most in the area because you never know what you might run into. Knife to a gun fight type thing.....For the same price as a new vsw 30....look at a used senator 16 or 17 if bft is your target. Mid sept and early October we see smaller fish move in but it has been unreliable over the last 2 years. Most target these fish with spinners
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Ok will do thanks so much for the info

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