It’s really not fair that we now have to travel so far to chase yellowfin tuna. Gone are the days when places like Bandit, Wollongong Reef, the South East grounds and the Sir John Young Banks were crawling with them each season and they came right to the backs of the beaches.
Now we have to head to the continental shelf and hope we run into a few in that vast expanse of ocean. But some still come our way and this is the time to chase them, with reports of schoolies up to 30kg out about the shelf. Stanwell Park Canyons and Kiama Canyons are good places to start.
As usual, trolling about and watching the birds is the best way to find them. When you get a hook-up, toss in a handful off pillie cubes and see what happens.
With luck the school will follow the hooked fish to the boat, but they are not as easy to attract as the southern blues that swim in packed schools. Yellowfin will be more spread out so it is a little more difficult to draw them in.
Albacore, on the other hand, will come in numbers right up to the boat and stay for quite a while if the cubes are used sparsely and often.