How to Fish for Tuna in Brookings, OR

by Jennifer Leigh
Tuna is often served as a delicacy in restaurants.

Tuna is often served as a delicacy in restaurants.

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Fishing tuna is an adrenaline rush due to the large size of the fish, their deep sea habitat and the speed at which they are capable of traveling. Brookings, Oregon is the southernmost coastal city in the state, and is known for fishing, state parks, the port community and cultural activities such as music festivals and art.

Items you will need

  • Fishing rod
  • Bait
Step 1

Contact boat charter companies in the Brookings area to arrange for a trip. Tuna is a deep-water fish and cannot be caught from the shore or a dock. You need to have a boat for this endeavor. If you are lucky enough to have a boat or have friends who do, you will not need to do this.

Step 2

Compile the gear that you need for your fishing trip. If you are taking a charter, the company will provide you with everything except sunglasses, sunblock and snacks. If you are going out on your own, you will need a deep sea fishing rod and line, chum bait and tackle for your line. Use fishing lures made specifically for tuna, such as small squid imitations, and weights heavy enough for large fish.

Step 3

Take the boat offshore anywhere from 20 to 40 miles to catch the largest fish. The best time of the year for tuna fishing off the Oregon coast is July through September. Chum an area by throwing bait overboard and then troll with your jig in the water at a speed of six to nine knots for best results.

Step 4

Listen to the crew of the boat about how to bait your line and what weight to use, if you have taken a charter boat. They are aware of these factors from having caught tuna in this area before. If you are experienced, the captain of the charter will tell you the depths that the fish are located and you can bait your line accordingly. If you are not on a charter, it is important to go tuna fishing at least once with someone experienced so that you can learn the tricks of the trade. Tricks of the trade include locating tuna using a GPS fish finder, properly tackling your line, chumming the water and pulling tuna into the boat.

Step 5

Allow the fish to run for approximately five seconds after you feel a bite on your line. Point your fishing pole straight out toward the fish in the water so that the line is straight. Begin slowly reeling the tuna in on your line, continuing to follow the fish with your pole until you can reel it all the way into the boat. Move out of the way when another person on your boat has a fish on his line.

Step 6

Store the tuna in coolers until you reach land or release them if you are sport fishing.

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