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Giant Bluefin Tunas Attacking Mackerel | Filmed Underwater

Yesterday we had another great bluefin tuna fishing trip off Cape Cod with my friend Cullen of Cape Star Charters.

Also onboard for this trip were My Fishing Cape Cod members John Conroy, David Hoganson and his 13 year old son Carter.

The bite was really, really good and I was able to capture some footage of tunas attacking mackerel 200+ feet beneath the boat.

You can click play below to watch some of the footage! πŸ‘‡

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*Members of My Fishing Cape Cod can watch the full 3 minute version of this video by clicking here.

The bluefin tuna fishing so far this year on Cape Cod has been really stellar. I have personally never experienced tuna action this good ever before in my life.

You can learn more about what's going on by reading our posts in the tuna forum. I also have some really nice footage of humpback whales bubble feeding, which I hope to share later this week.

Until then I hope you have a great Monday!

Please let me know what you think about this video by leaving a comment below. πŸ‘‡

Tight lines! 🎣

  1. Incredible footage Ryan. Add this one to the other great underwater and drone videos you have in your library. It’s always amazing to see how many fish are around and how many you actually get to bite. Makes you wonder how many huge fish were right next to your bait/lure and then just swam away. Gives me even more reasons to keep fishing!!!

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    1. Well said Steve, and I’m glad you are enjoying the videos. I think we all probably miss out on more big fish then we think! LOL. Tight lines! 🎣

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  2. Great fishing and video. Both you guys bring fishing, and viewing to the next level. I enjoy my time with the both of you.

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  3. Amazing that you’re able to get video of this quality, giving visual insights to what happens below the waves. Captain Cullen of Cape Star charters really does a great job putting his guests on tuna! Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Glad you liked the footage John, and thank you for coming along on this trip! Lots of fun. 🎣

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  4. Great video! I was wondering what the long “eel” looking bait was? Love seeing the swimming action of the mackerel. Great job! Thanks!

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    1. Those were sand eels, probably large sand eels, although I’m not sure of the exact length. The bottom was paved with them, and there were also whales feeding on them, in addition to the tuna.

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  5. It would appear to me that the tuna is swiping it’s tail at the mackerel as it passes close by. Makes me wonder if they try to stun or kill their prey before taking the bait. If so, I never knew tuna would do that as I have only seen very deliberate hits from tuna close to the boat on chunk or fresh dead bait or from a distance using plugs or spreader bars.This video also reminded me to bend slight “S” curves into my sand eel tins in order to try and emulate their swimming motions. All in all a very well done and informative shoot. There is always something new to learn while in this fishing game.

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    1. Excellent comment and observations Gary, thank you!

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  6. cool u definitely got the setup for underwater shots and with cullen getting u to the fish u are a unstoppable force

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    1. Cullen has definitely been a great teammate in helping me get these shots. I’m glad you are enjoying the vids! Tight lines John. 🎣

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  7. Wow! Amazing footage Ryan! Must have been a wonderful trip!

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    1. Hey Nancy πŸ‘‹ Yes, it was incredible! So awesome to know there are so many big tunas out there. I’ve never experienced anything like it before.

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  8. Love all your vidieos and info !!

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    1. Awesome! Thank you for following MFCC! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

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  9. Amazing footage! Your videos show just how often fish will swim up to a bait or a lure and not actually hit it. Helpful to remember when you are not getting bites or when your buddy (Ned) is catching fish right next to you and you are not. Making small adjustments can make the difference.
    Are those long snaky things in the video big sand eels, or needlefish?

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    1. Nice comment Dex! You are spot-on with your observation of just how often fish will investigate a lure or bait without biting. Those “long snaky things” are big sand eels. The bottom was paved with sand eels and there were also quite a few whales feeding on them.

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