Just Another Tuna Pilot Guide (Download)

Ok this one is for those of you thinking of heading out to the tuna fishing world. I took a few days and put together a short (60 page) guide based on my experiences in the fishing grounds as a tuna pilot. There is a port guide at the end of this that IS NOT complete, as I only made it to a few ports. Link is attached, download and share.

If you are a tuna pilot and want to contribute to the port guide let me know and send me a write up!

Just Another Tuna Pilot Guide

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6 Replies to “Just Another Tuna Pilot Guide (Download)”

  1. Hi Nick, good on you for putting this together. I had a skim through. One big caution: you advocate during “herding” staying at the level of the helideck. That can be 30 foot above the water. Whilst I appreciate your caution about the tow line cable, remember that cable is clearly marked by position of boat and skiff boat. If you herd that high, you are WAY up in the avoid area. At the slow speeds pertaining to “herding”, if the engine quits, you will be in a world of hurt very quickly. Any failure will be likely non-survivable. So respectfully, i will beg to differ with you there. Fly safe, be happy. Moggy

      1. No worries. There were so many accidents during “herding”. That’s why it got a bad reputation. I want to say -mostly- it didn’t make a whole lot of difference. But occasionally, it worked spectacularly well. Especially when the current was strong, and the nets dipped below the surface for a few minutes. Then a good “herding” pilot could work wonders. All good, clean fun. I liked your section on the various ports. Brought back memories.

    1. I only wish it were more complete. Tried to include as much information but in the time I was there we only went to a few ports. There are a lot of posts on this site that cover the life out there though Alex. Check them out too!

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