Longtail Tuna

by Nicki Hunt | Australian Lure Fishing

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Nicki Hunt

Nicki Hunt

Fishing Journalist And Sponsored Angler

Nicki is a well known Western Australian fishing journalist and sponsored angler. With partner Leigh she fishes the Western Australian coastline, particularly in the Gascoyne area, where they catch many species, although longtail tuna are a particular specialty for them.

Nicki’s Top Tips For Longtail Tuna

  • Birds are the strongest indication of where to fish. Birds hovering and circling up high above the water indicate fish are down deep, birds circling close to the surface indicate fish are pushing bait to the top. Birds working and diving indicate actively feeding fish.
  • Most of Nicki’s longtail tuna fishing takes place in water of 10m or less depth. Sandbars allow tuna to push bait into tightly packed balls and are a great spot to fish. Areas with currents fish better than areas of still water.
  • Weather generally is the main determinant as to when to fish, but periods around a full moon tend to create better bites.
  • Be prepared to try different things. Nicki has found that when tuna are feeding on very small baitfish she often gets better results by not matching the hatch, opting instead for larger stickbaits that catch the fish’s attention.

Nicki’s Preferred Tackle For Longtail Tuna

  • Nicki prefers a 7ft Penn Ocean Assassin with a Shimano Stella 4000 spinning reel with 30lb braided line and 60lb Black Magic Tough monofilament leader.

Nicki’s Best Longtail Tuna Lures

  • A Halco Twisty in the 40g size and silver colour is a solid performer on Longtail Tuna. Cats these into the bust up. let them sink for a second or two and then work them back at a steady speed. It’s not necessary to crank them flat out.
  • Rapala X-Rap long cast 140mm. This is cast over the school, allowed to sink a second or two and then cranked back at constant speed. Fish tend to peel off the school and attack the stickbait
  • Shimano Rockdive 160mm is fished the same way as the X-Rap. This lure seems to entice even more fish to peel off the school than the X-Rap.

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Nicki’s Sponsors

With 6 stores around WA, Getaway Outdoors has all your fishing, camping and outdoors adventure needs covered. They support Nicki and her association with Shimano Australia.

Abrolhos Tackle is an online and wholesale fishing supplier of many styles of tackle for all types of angling, but is especially jigging and popping.

Other businesses that support Nicki include Scotty’s Cod Lollies, Gaff Mann Ram