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Tackle & Technique

The size of the hook depends on the size of the bait when fishing for tuna. Beginners often use hooks that are too big. If sardines are rigged, Owner Offshore Bait Hook 5129 sized 6/0-8/0 is best suited. The Gamakatsu LS 4123 is a cost-effective alternative: The hooks can be well hid in a sardine, but are strong enough to defeat tuna even the 130 lb. class. More and more anglers are now using circle hooks, for example, the 7/0 size Hayabusa Circle Hook. The mouth of the sardine should be tied shut after rigging to prevent it from rotating from the flow pressure of the water. To do this, a little notch is cut in the upper jaw, wrapped once with a piece of thin monofilament line (0.20-0.25 mm) once and tied. But safe fishing is possible even without the tuna bomb. With a brake set hard, the tuna itself strikes. The hook then is usually in the corner of the fish's mouth. The leader therefore hardly comes into contact with the teeth. The leader eye on the hook is protected against the teeth by a metal spiral. © J. Oeder Just what small tuna teeth can do to a leader is demonstrated on the tube of this tuna bomb. Chunking & Chumming


Tackle & Technique
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