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Time for a reef rave
Scott Lynch

Brendan Reed with a fine local blue salmon.

Mac tuna and northern blues are making their way into the local waters and should be around as long as the schools of whitebait are here. When you chase tuna it pays to use small streamline chromies, slugs, red and white feather jigs or white marabou jigs.

Plastics also work very well, particularly any that resemble the baitfish they feed on. It doesn’t matter as long as you can cast the lure a fair distance. I’ve seen anglers race toward the school and cause them to scatter out of sight without a fish taken.

Run up wide of the school until you are well forward and just off their line of travel. Then turn the boat off and get ready to cast as soon as they are in range. Cast out across the schools and rip back with speed as fast as you can. On saying that it doesn’t hurt to mix it up a bit by using a decent-sized Flasha or something similar and do the same except let it sink quite a bit longer. If it doesn’t get taken on the drop by a tuna chances are it could get nailed by a doggie or trevally that often hang under the mac tuna or longtail schools collecting the scraps that tuna have left behind.

The noise and movement attracts a whole lot of other fish, and the sink can be quite rewarding at times. By-catch isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it turns into a 4kg doggie or a 10kg Spaniard.

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