July 6

Tuna Fishing Q&A with Captain Phil Howarth

by Ryan Collins

Last year the crew from the Goose Hummock Shop in Orleans released an Intro to Tuna Fishing video on their YouTube channel.

They then released another video which I feel will be very helpful for anyone interested in targeting tuna during the upcoming 2022 fishing season.

Click play above to watch this extensive 30 minute Q&A video with captain Phil, as he answers many of the most common tuna fishing questions about gear, tackle, technique and more.

Topics covered in this video include:

  • 01:18 - spinning setups for tuna fishing from a center console
  • 03:00 - tips for landing big tuna in a boat without a tuna door
  • 04:40 - how big of a boat do you need for tuna fishing
  • 05:40 - trolling in a boat with limited rod holders
  • 07:15 - trolling squid bars
  • 09:00 - areas to fish for tuna off Cape Cod based on time of the year
  • 10:08 - tuna migration patterns
  • 11:48 - the importance of swimming a tuna after catching it
  • 14:08 - best way to get into run and gun fishing
  • 15:38 - how to find tuna ontop
  • 16:14 - how to retrieve the RonZ soft plastic
  • 17:42 - best butterfish imitation
  • 19:24 - Phil's favorite tuna baits and lures
  • 21:10 - what to use when you don't know what the tuna are feeding on
  • 21:35 - terminal tackle for giant bluefin tuna in Cape Cod Bay
  • 22:28 - hook sizes, leader lengths, more terminal tackle advice
  • 24:30 - wind on leaders vs. FG knots
  • 25:22 - the difference between hollow core and braid
  • 26:08 - the best way to rig a ballyhoo
  • 26:30 - trolling deep divers for tuna
  • 27:14 - the importance of stretching fluorocarbon
  • 27:49 - what to do immediately after a tuna takes a balloon bait
  • 28:58 - how to avoid pulling a hook

Tackle and equipment mentioned in this video:

Tight lines! ?

Have a question or comment?

Please click here to visit the Goose Hummock's YouTube Channel, where you can post a comment and get an answer from Team Goose.

About the author 

Ryan Collins

I'm fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I've been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!

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