Blackfin tuna offshore are pound for pound some of the best fighters in the ocean. At the Marathon humps there are a few different ways to catch tuna. Trolling, jigging, and live bait are the best ways to catch them. Trolling bait is the conventional way to catch tuna. Following the schools of birds and seeing tuna shoot out of the water into the air tearing up a big pod of baitfish is a very cool thing to see.
Most of the tackle we use is 20 pound for trolling. Deep jigging is also a very productive way to catch tuna, while it is a little more work. Feeling the strike is extremely fun. You also more regularly catch bigger tuna. Dropping down live bait is a very effective way of catching large blackfin tuna also. Bycatch while jigging or livebaiting can produce very hard fighting amberjacks that can weigh up to 100 pounds. It can take every inch of energy you have to land them.
Once it makes it to your table, blackfin tuna is very good either raw (sushi), seared or fully cooked. It’s all delicious, especially when you know how fresh it really is. If you are totally worn out after a full day of charter fishing catching fish I can tell you which local eateries will prepare your meal the best for you.
Check out our Florida Keys Fishing Calendar for an approximate idea of the best season for tuna and other Florida Keys fishing. Contact Captain Brent Kindell at 305-481-9018 or via the contact form to catch tuna aboard one of our Marathon fishing charters!