Stripy Tuna Fillet

Stripy Tuna Fillet is salt brined and vacuum-sealed to maintain freshness.

Location

Stripy tuna is caught offshore in the Pacific Ocean by a fleet of commercial fisherman they are processed and distributed Australia-wide.

 

Techniques

A large range of techniques can be used with the Tweed Bait Stripy Tuna Fillet such as float lining for Snapper, deep dropping for Bar Cod, switch baiting for Marlin, bottom bashing for reef fish or just simple cut baiting for your bread-and-butter species that inhabit our coastlines and estuaries.

 

Bait rigging

Just like all cuts baits, the key is presentation and good hook exposure. Pending on what technique is being used with this bait and hook size will determine how you should rig your bait. When rigging a strip tuna fillet cut bait on a set of gang hooks you want to ensure you have the correct size bait to cover your set of gangs, once you have cut your bait, now lay your gangs on the bait to gauge where you want to start, now with the bottom hook penetrate from the skin side through to the flesh side and continue that process to the top hook so each hook will penetrate the bait ensuring a good fixture and presentation, this is most commonly used when float lining, bottom bashing, or beach fishing. With single hook use you can either feed the bait over the hook once or several times that will depend on what size hook, what size bait is being applied for what target species etc.

Stripy Tuna Fillet

Mark with a nice Flathead caught on Stripy Tuna Fillets (Tweed Heads, NSW)

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River and estuaries

A small single hook with a small sliding ball sinker is the most used rig in this situation. You can have your sinker above the swivel for fishing those sandy shallow locations, for the rock bars and snagger areas fishing your sinker between the swivel and hook straight to the bait helps with getting fewer snags and if you happen to snag up you can bounce the sinker gently up and down, the sinker will knock on the top of the hook and often dislodge you from the snag.

 

Beach fishing

A set of gang hooks with a sliding ball sinker would have to be your go-to rig for fishing stripy tuna cut baits off the beach whether you use 2,3 or 4 hooks on the gang will depend on how big the baits you are using. You may also wish to just use a single hook if using smaller cut baits targeting smaller fish.

Stripy Tuna Fillet

Luke with two Pearl Perch that gobbled up Tweed Bait Tuna Fillets (Gold Coast, QLD)

Offshore fishing

Depending on what your target species offshore will depend on how you want to rig your bait if your target species are on the bottom-feeding then a paternoster style rig with a 2x set of double gang hooks 5/0 – 6/0 with a snapper lead to get you to the bottom will be your best option. Upgrade your lead size to suit the current on the day you want to keep your bait/line straight up and down the best you can. If your target species are feeding mid-water, then a float line style rig with a set of gang hooks or a double hook Snell rig with a small sliding ball sinker would be the preferred style to fish. When trolling for marlin and other pelagic species with skirted lures a highly proven technique to get the fish more interested and to bite is to attach a piece of cut stripy tuna to the hook of the skirted lure this will give the smell and taste of a real bait and get those hesitant fish to bite, and this will increase your hook up rate

 

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