Yellowfin tuna lures
Hi all. I was wondering if any of you salty dogs have some insight on my dilemma. I am having very successful results live baiting YFT up to about 120lbs using loooong 40 ft. 50-80 lb flouro leaders and small circle hooks on sprat, as they call the whitebait here in the British Virgin Islands. But I would also like to nab a few on the troll while targeting marlin and wahoo. I cut a couple of the tuna open after catching them on live bait and they all had very small, i mean very small fish and squid in them. Like 1/2 inch to 2 inch squid, jacks, and other weird sargassum based baitfish. I was wondering if Roddy, Bart, Peter, or any other fishing gods have advice on some small lures for the tuna. I would love to have a scaled down 2 inch moldcraft squid, or some other ultra small, ultra strong YFT assassin. I am going to tie up some flies on some owner aki 7/0 hooks and try to mimic a small squid, then troll it on the way back. Or use some of those small billy bait skirts naked with a hook in em. Im not saying that the tuna wont hit ballyhoo, green machine, illander etc. Im just saying I would like to match the hatch and see if I can up my numbers. I have had good success with blackfin in the past on 1 inch streamer flies trolled fast on a 30 lb outfit, but those YFT are mean and very strong, I need something that can handle them and keep them from getting sharked in an extended battle. I attached a pic of a typical yft for around here. Any suggestions?
Also does anyone notice that the atlantic yft get big sickles at around 75lbs and the pacific yft dont get them until they are way bigger? wonder why?