Shopping for Tuna Tackle

Shopping for Tuna Tackle

Postby Johannes van die See » Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:20 pm

Another "Tuna" rookie gearing up for serious Tuna fishing action. :D

Guys some advice please.
I'm preparing to either Go Blackasam, or Get BlackSamed by the Tuna this coming season and would like some direction to where I should buy tackle.

To start off I might be geared up this coming weekend with two sets of brand spanking new Tiagra 50WLRSA reels and T-Curve 50/80R rods, will thank the supplier once the deal is done ;)

Next step is main line, maybe some topshot, leader and hook trace line.

I know there are many threads on the Tuna Tackle subject but I'm still lost as to where to shop.

I'm planning on loading 80lbs main. Should I load heavier topshot?

Who supplies Ande Mono?
Who supplies Tuna bait fishing hooks, what size?
And also who supplies a bait box load of fishing luck? :lol:

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
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Re: Shopping for Tuna Tackle

Postby Miles » Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:56 pm

Welcome to the wonderful world of tuna fishing. Whilst some may beg to differ, that's it offer more pain than pleasure, it's huge fun none-the-less! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
To start off I might be geared up this coming weekend with two sets of brand spanking new Tiagra 50WLRSA reels and T-Curve 50/80R rods, will thank the supplier once the deal is done ;)


Most of the Shimano rods tend to be quite soft. This is a GOOD thing and makes fighting fish easier on the angler. For anyone starting out tuna fishing, the softer rods are DEFINITELY a better choice. The T-curve range is highly recommended.


Next step is main line, maybe some topshot, leader and hook trace line.


Spool your reels with 80lb Ande. You spend a fortune in tackle, fuel, bait and boats and it does not make sense to skimp when it comes to buying line. Buy the BEST you can get and don't be scared to replace the line if need be. Your line is what connects you to the fish and losing a fish after a 4 hour fight, because you used inferior line, is a lesson i hope you NEVER have to learn.

Depending on the size of your guides/rollers on your rods, you can either fish 80lb mono straight or if you prefer a leader, a 60kg (1.10 to 1.20mm) will work well. Knot to join main line to leader is a bimini on the main line and then either a yucatan or albright. Simple and quick to tie.

Flourocarbon hook traces is essential for productive fishing. I use the TINKER brand and can recommend the 60kg class. I have also used the Black Magic brand, also in 60kg class and it has worked well too. Flouro is expensive! You generally get what you pay for when it comes to flouro. You do get CHEAP flouro lines, but these are generally only flouro coated, which is very different to proper flouro.


Who supplies Tuna bait fishing hooks, what size?


Hooks are a very subjective thing. In my opinion, the BEST tuna hooks i use is the OWNER GORILLA in 8/0 and 9/0 sizes. These hooks have become prohibitively expensive and due to this reason, they're extremely difficult to find. Next best hook is the GAMAKATSU LIVE BAIT HD in size 9/0. Mustad and VMC also both make very good tuna hooks. Sizing varies between brands, but they're generally in the 8/0 to 9/0 range.

You do get a range of cheaper hooks that you can buy. They do however bend open. Great to use when the sharks are pests, but not the hook you want on the end of your line when you're hooked into that 90kg+ monster tuna!

The same applies to the hooks, buy the best you can get.


If you haven't caught tuna before, you're in for a sharp learning curve! Tuna WILL destroy inferior tackle. Knots that have works flawlessly for you inshore, now pop easily, causing you lost fish. Tuna will test your tackle to it's limit. Therefore make sure your tackle is as perfect as you can get it.

Oh, and don't forget to have lots of fun!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Shopping for Tuna Tackle

Postby Johannes van die See » Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:16 pm

Baie dankie Miles.
Ons weskus hengel winkels verskaf nie die lekker speelgoed nie, by wie in die Kaap kan ek n draai maak? Ek ondersteun Seaport Supply graag maar sien nie 80lbs Ande op hul online product range nie.

Wie anders sal daar wees wat die swaar tackle aanhou? Fishing Specialist? Big Catch?

Ek waardeer jou terugvoering!
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Re: Shopping for Tuna Tackle

Postby Johannes van die See » Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:32 pm

Miles wrote:If you haven't caught tuna before, you're in for a sharp learning curve! Tuna WILL destroy inferior tackle. Knots that have works flawlessly for you inshore, now pop easily, causing you lost fish. Tuna will test your tackle to it's limit. Therefore make sure your tackle is as perfect as you can get it.


Awesome! If I wanted it easy I would've continued fishing for W-Stump on the lagoon. ;)
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