Getting Closer To Fish (3 of 12)
What we are doing here is chumming for these fish. We got some Tuna over here, some skipjacks, maybe some Yellow Fins. We're chumming off the stern of the boat and I have a big white fly and I am just letting it dead drift in the chum. Hopefully a Tuna will come by and grab it. I am just gradually letting line out. Jason Franklin and Greg Vincent have done a lot of this Tuna fishing here by Grand Bahama Island and they have found that this is the best way to do it, with a floating line and just a dead drifted fly in the chum. Not stripped unless the fish actually come up and start busting.
Typically the fly is allowed to sink naturally without any added motion. Sometimes fishing a chum slick, fish can be caught on poppers which is a lot more fun. Some people don’t like fishing in chum slicks, but it’s hard to argue with the results.
Another method, which is as exciting for the helper as the angler, is to tease the fish closer to the boat by casting a hookless plug. When the plug gets close to the boat, the helper yanks the plug from the water and the fly caster casts in the same spot. It looks easy, but it requires precise timing and pinpoint casting.