Longtail Tuna on a Slim Stick
Video of an undergunned battle down under
By Mike Stevens
Hooking a hard-charging fish on light spinning gear after cranking your lure in as fast as you can is a rush that is tough to beat on the water.
Add a kayak and the offshore fishery near Brisbane, Australia to the equation, and you have the elements to create a sweet ‘yak fishing video like this one. While he may appear slightly under-gunned with his lighter spinning rod, having this tuna in his lap in just over an hour of fighting is well within the sanity standards of kayak fishing offshore.
The bend of the rod, the performance and setting of the reels drag, and perhaps most importantly, the forgiving drag and leverage created by the “towing” factor of the boat itself all working together to make such (and bigger) catches possible on light gear is a beautiful thing.
Longtail tuna is the common name for the thunnus Tonggol, or northern bluefin tuna. They are more slender and have shorter pectoral fins than the ‘true tunas’ of the Atlantic and North Pacific, and are found from the Red Sea and East Africa to Papua New Guinea, north to Japan, and south to Australia.