March 6, 2013
Tuna Madness in Spain all year round
Catch these great fighters even in Winter
Want to catch the strongest fighter among all fish? The Spanish Mediterranean Sea is one of the best places in the world to catch blue fin tuna. Due to protection of the species we have more and more tuna in front of our coasts. Over the years, we've also noticed some changes in migration patterns of the blue fin tuna. For many years we believed that tuna migrate massively to the Gibraltar Straits towards september and disappear into the Atlantic Ocean. Now, we know that a huge number of bluefins stay in the Mediterranean all year round. Catching a blue fin tuna in winter is not easy, but it is possible: they are hard to catch because they're not as aggressive as in summer time and they feed less.
In Gibraltar, our captains catch blue fin tuna both casting and trolling, all year round. In the Costa del Sol, Capt. Oscar from Puerto Banus, an expert in trolling with life bait, often gets a huge strike of a tuna on a life mackerel while trolling for Dentex during winter time. The anglers from Alcudia (Mallorca) have caught bluefin tuna in december and january chumming. They don't catch them every day, but a few "submarines" have been released last winter.
April is when we start to catch smaller blue fins (65lb - 90lb) casting with poppers, walking the dog, streamers and all kind of jigs. Tuna feed on very, very small life bait (smaller than an inch) and you'll find them in small groups. They're quite hard to approach and you really need to wait for that very moment when they feed more aggressively. You'd find these smaller tuna in front of the entire Spanish coast in areas with depths ranging between 50m and 85m.
Half may and june these predators prepare for spawning and are less active. In the beginning of July - when they've finished spawning - they are very hungry and attack almost everything that moves. The hottest months (July, August and September) are by far the best tuna fishing months. They have long feeding periods all throughout the day.
Being in the middle of a tuna attack is one of the most exciting moments an angler can experience: imagine a boiling sea with tuna jumping everywhere, sardines and mackerel flying through the air, the sea is full of scales and pieces of bait fish… This is the moment when you cast your popper right in the middle of the attack and start reeling in. Sometimes a tuna snaps the lure even before it falls into the water! Next thing you hear is a screaming reel and a tuna that takes over 200m of line.
Come to Spain and experience the strength of these amazing fighters by yourself!