Yellowfin tuna are a predatory fish with a verocious appetite. A variety of fresh and lively baits will definitely give you more opportunities to fill the box. Depending On the time year there are usually many options for live bait. Spring and fall we usually throw the cast net for menhaden. Almost every pass leading to gulf can be loaded with pogeys on any given day. Sometimes they’re a little trickier to acquire and require patience and persistence to fill the well. Menhaden will not stay fresh and lively long. Especially if you run to the blue water. So use them up early while there fresh.
Also you can use your high dollar sunglasses to spot large schools of herring and catch them on sabaki rigs. An assortment of sabakis is also crucial. Have a verity of sizes,weights and colors ready. Be sure not to run up on top of the school as this will push them down and make your job harder. We also like to use dehookers, this is for several reasons. It is super efficient and the baits are never handled by human hands. That is until it’s time for the hook. Hardtails and other baits will be found at most of the rigs, buoys and drillships. Weed and rip lines forming through the Summer also provide more options for catching your bait. Use the same sabiki set ups for catch bait on the rigs and weed lines. Good luck bait fishing. Remember he who catches the bait first gets to the fish first.