Jigging and popping are very popular techniques for targeting bluefin tuna. The fishing equipment used is much lighter than trolling or live bait setup. The fishing is also far more fun and exciting! But the trick for this type of fishing is being certain you are actually dropping on feeding tuna. Unlike trolling and live-baiting, which can essentially be done without the knowledge of feeding, when jigging or popping, you must mark tuna on your fishfinder. We also use heavy gear for trolling and live bait.
Bluefin tuna are made for speed: built like torpedoes, have retractable fins and their eyes are flush. They are one of the best predators from the moment they hatch, seeking out schools of fish like herring, mackerel, and eels. They hunt by sight and have the sharpest vision of any fish. Bluefin tuna are caught closer to shore with the first fish showing up around the first few weeks of summer then again in the fall.