Normally around Mid-August and once the “saltones” have started to move on elsewhere, the waters are then infested (quite literally) with flying fish. These flying fish, known locally as “voladores”, are quite literally tunas’ favourite meal.
You will often see scenes the sort of which you would expect on National Geographic whereby tunas will jump metres in the air to catch these flying fish.
Many times, fishermen can spend days casting sliders and sinking lures at tunas when there are flying fish around and obtain no results. We have therefore found that poppers such as the IMS Diving Popper 190 are the ideal way to attract these tunas to something other than the live flying fish.
Various techniques such as short pops, walking the dog and even erratic, violent popping are often effective in landing you a strike. Of course, the ability to cast exactly where a flying fish is going to land will almost always guarantee you a strike!
End of August
Towards the end of the August the bluefin tuna are usually feeding on almost anything and everything. There will be days when you cannot even see what bait they are feeding on but yet they will be incessantly leaping out of the water in order to feed.
In this period we have found that being able to swap different lures and mixing between sliders and poppers is often what gives the best results. Being able to catch a glimpse of the colour of the food the tunas are eating or whether they are pursuing flying fish are important observations worth noting. Such observations then mean that in a short period of time you can swap lures and land yourselves a strike.
It must be said that throughout these periods, live bait fishing is also extremely effective. However, once again, knowing when to stick to live bait and when to chase the tunas and pop at them is something learnt the hard way by experience!
Versatility Being Key
What is certainly true throughout every period in August is that fishermen have to be versatile and willing to adapt. Although there are patterns, there will be some days where the bluefin simply do not want to eat the bait or lure you are putting in front of them.
That is why being able to think on your feet, observe what they are eating and choose a lure that better matches those variables is something that will certainly boost your chances of getting a strike!
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