25th April 2014 Central
Report by Giulio Zandri aka “BigBoy”, top class angler from Fano Italy.
A sunny day with nice weather and good sea conditions with a light breeze from NE.
The Air temperature was about 18° C water temperature around 14° C.
We started on 35 / 40 meters water depth but we didn’t find any kind of topwater activity for the first couple of hours, so we decided to move back to 30 meters water depth.
It was a good as we immediately noted the first signs of tuna feeding topwater:
not big feeding frenzy, but just small bunch of groups of 810 fishes each time.
We started casting with some different lures : small stickbaits, soft lures, but it was extremely hard reaching any fish.
They didnt appear interested in attacking our lures.
We got some tuna following our lures, but not convinced to attack, so I decided to change approach moving to some bigger stickbaits and I started casting a Blue/Green/Silver sinking Surfish Tuna rigged with 2 Decoy Sergeant 8/0.
We found another topwater frenzy and after a couple of casts and some (34)
jerks, I got the long awaited strike !
After 10 minutes fighting the fish was under the boat, just on time for some pictures and then the release.
the bluefin tuna has been estimated about 145 cm for 40~45kg.
After a few minutes I got another strike, using again a Surfish but this time I lost the fish immediately after the strike.
Surfish Tuna confirms itself as one of the best lure to be used for the Adriatic Bluefin Tuna.
26th April 2014 ‐ Central Adriatic Sea
A quite cloudy day with a light breeze from NE.
Me and my friend “Sauro” arrived on the 25 meters depth and started looking for some kind of topwater activity.
We reached the 30 meters depth and we finally found some Bluefin tunas.
As the day before, there weren’t big bait balls, tunas were in small groups of 3s or 4s and very hard to reach.
The weather got worse, making the fish’s search harder.
We moved on and found some activity again, we approached the tunas but they were always impossible to reach.
We saw a nice feeding frenzy in the distance, so we headed straight out to intercept them ,
I cast my Blue/Silver Surfish and at the second cast the line went tight, fish on !
The fish makes a nice first run, but after 10‐15 minutes fighting we have the fish under the boat, we took a quick pictures and released it to fight another day.
A nice Bluefin Tuna estimated about 145 cm for 40 kg.
Unfortunately the wind intensified forcing us to go back to the harbour.