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Tuna Fishing Aboard The Tomahawk

Tuna Fishing Aboard The Tomahawk

– Slide ’em down. (murmuring) – This week on Sport
Fishing we’re fishing aboard the Tomahawk. Last night we left out of
Seaport in Mission Bay, San Diego. Right now we’re outside
the Coronado Islands looking for skipjack
and yellowfin tuna. So stay tuned for this
week’s exciting episode of Sport Fishing. I’m Dan Hernandez
and I live to fish. All right! (cheering) I’ve been fishing along the
Pacific coast my entire life. (cheering) Let me bring you
in in the action, and share with you
some great fishing tips along the way. (upbeat music) (murmuring) (laughter) (cheering) – Who wants one? – There we go! – Where are we? You’re under me. (murmuring) (rattling) – Oh, no! (murmuring) (mumbles) – Wind, wind, wind,
wind, wind, wind, wind, just don’t stop winding. Lift that rod up. – Fishing poles are
meant to load up, otherwise we’d just use 2x4s. (background chatter) – Right here. (murmuring) (murmurs) – Uh, 25. – [Dan] Step on
down guys, let’s go. – Lotta fish here guys! Lotta fish here! (murmuring) – [Dan] Work together! Walk around the
corner, get around the corner with that fish. (murmuring) (mumbling) – Who lost the fish? (cheering) – Keep fishing
guys, keep fishing. – We’re on a wide open
by right here, right now, it’s all skipjack,
hopefully it’s going to turn into some yellowfin. But these are a lot
of fun to catch. Guys are just using
flyline baits. We had a couple go in? Here, walk down, walk down so
you don’t cut everybody off. (murmuring) – Yeah, lay ’em out
real nice for me, that’s a nice great
yellowfin right there. – Not done yet. (murmurs) – So I get a good gash on, okay? (murmuring) (yelling) – (mumbles) we got fish
hanging right here. – Go to the star please. Okay, go underneath him. Go that way, go that
way, go that way. (murmurs) – That’s a yellowfin too. (mumbling) – Don’t pull him out
of the water, please. I need another gaff over here! – You got his. – Free spool right here. (mumbling) – Free spool. – Tomahawk. – Yeah! (murmuring) – There he is, right there. There we go. – It was on my left. (cheering) – Another yellowfin tuna. I’m almost limited out,
got one more to go. Beautiful, beautiful
little fish here. That’s what we’re
trying to catch. So the fishing here
on the Tomahawk is really basic
fishing, this is typical yellowfin tuna,
skipjack fishing, live bait, small hooks,
size two live bait hooks. You need, you gotta go
light, fluorocarbon, 20, 25 pound is
working really good. And see, I’m using a
small reel like this, you think this only
calico bass fishing gear. This school-size tuna,
this works out really good. Nice, light action rod
with some backbone to it. Just get your bait
away from the boat, you can catch quality
fish like this. All right, let’s take a
little break from the action, go to the tackle box
and give you a good look at the gear you need for
this type of fishing. (upbeat music) Hey guys, I want to
talk to you a little bit about offshore fishing,
what we’re doing this week. We’re offshore looking for
school-size bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna,
dorado, yellowtail. You never know what to expect, but right now there’s two
sizes of fish out there. There’s the little
school-size fish that are from 10 pounds to about 30 pounds. Then there are the
monster bluefin. Their starting about
90 pounds, going up to about 300 pounds. Right now I wanna talk to you
about what we’re doing today. We’re chasing that
smaller grade of fish, that 15 to 30 pound fish. And this is the
basic gear you need for that type of fishing. Do not use this gear on
those big monster tuna, you won’t stand a chance, but for the school-size
tuna, this’ll work out fine. You use something like
this, a level wind reel, 400 size reel. Have 65 pound or 80
pound spectra on it, and then a piece of 25
or 30 pound fluorocarbon. A small piece, about half
the length of your rod, works out great to fish
right up on the surface. If you don’t wanna
use a reel like that, and you wanna go
more old school, something like this
works out great. Again, 30 pound
monofilament would be the heaviest I would be
using for this smaller grade of tuna that we’re catching. The yellowtail, you’re fine, the dorado, you’re fine too. And if you’re going
straight mono, go ahead and put a small
piece fluorocarbon on top. If you’re using 30 pound
mono and those fish are smaller, don’t be
afraid to put on 20 pound or 25 pound fluorocarbon
to make sure you get bit. ‘Member on the bluefin,
you can only catch two, so once you get that
one on the boat, if you’re having
trouble getting bit, go ahead and
downsize your tackle. If you’re not having any
trouble, go up to heavier line. Now as far as artificials,
Magic Metal Jigs work really good on the tuna. You want to case these
out far from the boat, let them sink a little bit and wind them back
as fast you can. Both the tuna and the
yellow tuna will chase them. If there’s lots of
dorado in the water, don’t use a Metal Jig
because they jump a lot and it’d be dangerous a
Jig coming back at you. So, tuna, yellowtail,
use the Magic Metal Jig, you’ll catch fish. Now what you’ve seen me
do this season a lot too is switch up to a bucktail. This bucktail with
the big hook on it is deadly on those tuna,
where in the corner they’re boiling
all over the chum. There’s been so much
red crab in the water the last couple years,
that when they see a little red bait like
this in the water, the tuna jump all over it. You should try it, you’ll
catch a lot of fish on it. Now as far as live bait fishing, we never know what to expect
when we get on the boat. No, we don’t know what
size bait there’s going to be until we get
to the bait receiver. Sometimes it’s tiny anchovies,
sometimes it’s sardines, sometimes it’s monster sardines, and every once in awhile
it’s all mackerel. So it’s really important
that when you go out you have a wide selection
of hooks with you. That’s why I always
carry a tray like this, with different colors,
different sizes. ‘Member when you
pick out your hook, you want to match your hook
to the size of the bait, not the size of the
fish you want to catch. So make sure you have
the right size hook and you’ll do a lot better. Well, this is the
basic gear you need, let’s get back on the
water and show you more exciting action right
here on Sport Fishing. – There we go! (murmuring) – What’s your number, sir? – 19. – 19. – What you need to is
keep it nice and straight. (mumbles) – Wind down. (mumbling) – That way I can
gaff ’em like that. – Nice, Tomahawk Sport Fishing! (cheers) (murmuring) – We got a nice fish
on the Tomahawk here, on a jig. And we’re having fun out here. Gotta love it. – Good job. (murmuring) (murmuring) – Oh, a little skipjack! – Thought that’s a
yellowfin, that’s a skipjack. You want me to gaff him
or you gonna bounce him? – Um. – Want me to bounce him for ya? – Yeah. – Okay, look, let me show
you how to do this, Waylen. Gonna wind down. Bounce him on the deck,
just like that buddy. Here. Let’s pick your fish up. Look at the camera. Say, “Too much action
on the Tomahawk.” Look at the camera. – Too much action
on the Tomahawk. (rattling) (shouting) – There’s my fish right here. Play it one more time. K, I’m just going to
bounce my fish right here. There’s my (mumbles). (background chatter) Don’t pull, don’t pull. There he goes. Busted it off. – Nice yellowfin
here on the Tomahawk. – Fighting the nice fish
here on the Tomahawk. (mumbles) Now I’m actually going
to pump this fish over the rail right now. That’s the way we do
it in SoCal, baby. – Fishing on the Tomawhawk. – Board the Tomahawk,
Dan Hernandez. (murmuring) – Caught this on the Tomahawk. Right there fishin’. Dan Hernandez trip. (murmuring) – Let’s see what I got. Oh, I got a yellofin! Yellowfin right here! All right, thank you. (murmuring) Saw the boat and
he didn’t like it, made a long run. See if I can get him back here. All right. Yellowfin tuna. Here’s Eric, owner,
operator of the Tomahawk. Gaff my fish for us, been
kind enough to invite us to come out with him, from
another episode with him. Nice fish (mumbles). – Thank you, Dan. Nice grade of little
yellowfin out here. Board the Tomahawk,
let’s go fishing guys. – We’re really close to home. – Yes we are. – We’re only about
three hours out, just really close fishing. All right let’s take a
little break from the action and go to the galley
and show you how to cook up one of these
delicious fish we’re catching. This week in the galley we’re
in Torrance, California, at the Sushi Chef Institute. Standing next to
me is Chef Andy. Thank you chef for
working with us today. – All right, thank you so much. – And what do you have
planned for us today? – We’re having tuna, so
we can do seared tuna, and serving in a panzu sauce. – And the tuna, does
it matter if it’s bluefin or yellowfin? It’ll work for both? – Uh, yes it is, but
you can catch locally and it’s okay too so
it should be good. – All right, cool. – Okay, good. (mumbles) – Salt. – Salt. Pepper. Okay. – So this is just a sear, so it’s not going
to be very long. – Yeah, we’re quickly sear them. (mumbling) And I have ice water,
so we’re stop cooking. – That’s why people come
here to the institute to learn how to do this, huh? (murmurs) (laughs) – So tuna has a fiber,
so we need to do against the grain. See, so where
separations comes in. And the beautiful tuna. So we cut. And I put on (mumbles) here. – K, let’s do it wider. Actually see the chef. And if you don’t cut it
across the grain like that, it’s not going to
look like this. – Um, it’s a grain is
streak comes in very hard to chew because it bothers you. But this way able to
cut naturally, easily. – Nice. – And then we do chili on the top. Viola, done. – Well, chef, this looks
delicious, I have to try it. – Okay, please. – That is really delicious. – Yeah, ponzus
nicely work together. That’s good. – The fish, the local tuna
is really, really good. – Good, good, good. – Well, thank you chef,
I really appreciate it. – All right, thank you. – Let’s get back on the water and show you more
exciting action right here on Sport Fishing. – Attaboy. Attaboy! Fishing with Dan. On the Tomahawk, baby, let’s go! Woo! Baby, right here. That’s how you do it,
right there, baby, come on. Woo! (exclaims) (murmuring) – Dan Hernandez,
turn around buddy. – Hey, all right, baby, yeah! – Tomahawk Sport Fishing. – Tomahawk! – [Dan] Right. – Yeah. (murmuring) (exclaims) – There we go, great. – Second yellowfin
on the Tomahawk. Dan Hernandez trip. Woohoo! – Fishing aboard the Tomahawk, stay tuned we’ll be
right back with more yellowfin fishin’. – There you go, right
there behind you, buddy. Right behind you. Dan Hernandez,
Tomahawk Sport Fishing. – Fishing with Dan Hernandez. – There’s my fish
right on the surface. Oh, boils on the bow. K, gaff! All right, thank you. Not only can he cook,
he can gaff, too. Thanks, man. – You’re welcome, bud. – Beautiful, beautiful
yellowfin tuna here on the Tomahawk. We started out this
morning in skipjack and we slid into some yellowfin, and then it finished
off with more and more yellowfin. We still got a couple
hours of fishing left, we’re only two
hours from the port, and this nice quality fish. – Tomahawk Sport Fishing. The only boat in San Diego, and Dan Hernandez, thank you. – This is Derek,
he’s out here fishing with us today. Got this beautiful
yellowfin tuna, one of the bigger
ones of the day. Flyline fish, right? – Flyline fish. – Real simple fishing
today guys, flyline fish. And look where the gaff
is, right in the head. – Perfect gaff. – Perfect gaff. (murmuring) – Dan Hernandez. Yellowfin. – Nice one! – All right. – Let’s get a picture. – (murmurs) Dan. – Put ’em in your teeth, Bill. – Hold ’em up, Bill. (exclaims) – Tomahawk Sport
Fishing, nice grade of yellowfin tuna here. Very, very close to home. – We’re having fun, baby. – All right, Waylen’s
hooked up here. Seems like something
a little heavier, it was pulling an
awful lotta line off on him at first. He’s doing a great job
by keeping that rod bent and keeping his line tight and following his fish. He’s stepping right now. He’s going to go ahead
and tell this gentlemen on his right that he’s going to go over the top with him. And he’s going to walk
and wind at the same time, right, Waylen? – Yeah. – There we go, bud, you’re
doing a great job, keep it up. Keep following that fish, see how nobodys up here? That means no ones
gonna be in your way. We can still gaff
him on the bow. You’re almost there. Almost there. Good size fish here. Wind down on ’em. There ya go. Wind down. He’s coming back
around right now. There you go, wind down on ’em. Nice yellowfin tuna there. Wind down, let me
feel your drag here. K, there you go. Now wind down on ’em. Wind down on ’em, bud. Put that thing in
your hip like this. Try that. Try putting that
right in your hip. There, that better? K, keep in the water now. K, keep right there,
keep right there. Yeah, Waylen! Yeah, buddy! (cheers) Dan Hernandez on the Tomahawk. Waylen, first yellowfin tuna? – Yeah. – First yellowfin tuna. Congratulations, bud. Good job, buddy. Good job. – There’s another tuna of mine. Nice yellowfin. See if Eric gaff
it for me again. (laughs) Two for two. – Two for two. – All right. Here’s my yellowfin. Eric just gaffed it for me, owner of the Tomahawk. If you guys haven’t been
fishing on Tomahawk, you need to come
out here and try it. This is just awesome fishing, we’re only three
hours from San Diego. Just beautiful,
beautiful fishing. All right, we’re going
to take a little break from the action
and when we return, I’ll be giving this
week’s tip of the week. There’s a nice
yellowfin I just caught. This is why we’re
out here fishing aboard the Tomahawk. Their captain, (mumbles)
all these fish. Just a beautiful,
beautiful day out here. Just lots of fun. Now for this week’s
tip of the week, guys, what I wanna tell you is,
it was all about light line. I was using 65 pound spectra, but 25 pound and 20
pound fluorocarbon
with the small hook, size two. The quality fish like this. If you haven’t been
on the Tomahawk yet, come out, fish with the crew,
they do a great job out here. Well, I’m Dan Hernandez
hoping you enjoyed this week’s episode
of Sport Fishing and I hope you join
us again next week as we go looking
for more of the best in Sport Fishing. Thanks, man. – Thank you. (upbeat music)

5 comments on “Tuna Fishing Aboard The Tomahawk

  1. absolutly great video man great fishing we found a patty recently and rocked it not quite to the coronados but close and fly lined baits and some top water jigs a +you dan for your narrating camera guy you get a c+ plus you werent filming the fish you were filming all the guys faces lol

  2. The original Salt Water Bossman… Dan Hernandez ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Great session and video! I grew up learning how to fish salt water as a very young adult by watching your early 5am show and then taking off and hoping to have days like you did and glad to say you helped me a lot and made similar fishing memories in turn… So epic… Dan Hernandez So Cal Salt Water Legend๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿ˜Ž Thank you bro

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