At last - Tuna season arrived

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SpiritFisha
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At last - Tuna season arrived

#1 Post by SpiritFisha » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:22 am

After months of wind blowing and it being to rough to get out on the ocean the weather finally came good. When I saw the weather looked fine on Tuesday night I loaded the kayak as I wasn't going to wait 'till the weekend, when the weather always seems to turn bad. Yesterday morning at first light I was on the water, and what a beautiful day it was. Baitfish everywhere, birds working and Mack Tunas jumping. Tally for the hour and a half on the water, before I had to go to work, was 1 x Longtail Tuna, 2 x Mack Tunas, 1 x School Mackerel. I also lost a Mack Tuna, which the tax collectors claimed.

After yesterday's success I was on the water early this morning again. With no sign of baitfish anywhere or birds working I wasn't expecting much but managed 2 x Longtail Tunas before I had to pull up lines to get back to work again. With the weather looking good for the rest of the week, and the success the last couple of days, the anticipation is high.
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The Only downside to my kayak, no fish hatch. With a couple of fat Mack Tunas in the foot wells there is no place for my feet...
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Ugly Stick rod getting a good workout
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Re: At last - Tuna season arrived

#2 Post by WayneD » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:48 pm

Nicely done.

With the tax man around your footwells are the best place for your feet!
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Re: At last - Tuna season arrived

#3 Post by Ads22 » Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:58 pm

Nice session! Very cool to see them moving in!
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Re: At last - Tuna season arrived

#4 Post by NorthSIKer » Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:31 am

Man, I wish the tuna came in really close like that up there. I heard they were practically on the beach some days last week.

Three longtails in a week would make anyone happy.

What do you do with the mac tuna (I like them too, just interested to hear how you use them)?

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Re: At last - Tuna season arrived

#5 Post by SpiritFisha » Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:44 am

Mainly use them for bait, never tried to eat them as I've read they're not the best eating.

Tally for the week was 5 Longtails, 3 Mack Tuna, 1 School Mackerel and a Remora. They seem to have moved a bit further offshore now, too far for me to reach with my kayak.
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Re: At last - Tuna season arrived

#6 Post by Rory222 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:11 pm

Nice work but I agree on keeping the tippy toes out of the water when the tax collector has already had his entree :lek:
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Re: At last - Tuna season arrived

#7 Post by NorthSIKer » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:34 am

SpiritFisha wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:44 am
Mainly use them for bait, never tried to eat them as I've read they're not the best eating.
Ah, ok. Not many people eat them but I have had good success making a 'canned tuna' type dish out of them https://www.kfdu.com.au/forum/viewtopic ... 14&t=51714.

In Hawaii they do use them for poke but I didn't find them anywhere as good as longtails for that.

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Re: At last - Tuna season arrived

#8 Post by arpie » Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:47 am

CRACKER session!! I've seen a few pop up on facebook now! Paulo and even Lynette too!!

Well done. Apparently Italians LOVE mac tuna & somehow turn them into a tasty dish!!

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