Flat Fall Jigs For Bluefin Tuna

If you are an angler in Southern California, you know that the spring and summer bluefin tuna bite cannot be missed. SoCal captains and anglers are seeing success with the Butterfly Flat Fall jigs, and we want you to get out there! The Shimano Butterfly Flat Fall Jigs are a unique concept, exclusively designed for more BFT success.

The action of the flat fall is what makes it unique. Anglers can drop the jig down to the desired depth, then crank it up to another desired depth and free spool it back down. Cast the jig and let it fall while free spooling, wait for the bite, then jerk and repeat. Since the jig is balanced in the center, it will fall with a wobbled action in a horizontal position, keeping it in the strike zone longer and enticing hungry tuna. No other lure can match the action of a flat fall. 

It also sinks very quickly. Captain Ryan Bostian of The San Diego notes that "Often times when our target species was 250-400 feet deep they were inaccessible on standard heavy lures. The flat fall is able to reach these depths without a problem.

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Flat Fall Jig/Bluefin Tuna Trends

The tuna that have been biting recently have been deep. We are not seeing many surface bites. Captains are marking the tuna on sonar and anglers need a jig with the right action to get down to those fish and trigger a bite. When the fish are very deep, the 200-250g Butterfly Flat Fall jig will get down fast. If the tuna are closer to the surface, a lighter jig will do. The Flat Fall comes in 80g, 100g, 130g, 160g, 200g, and 250g.

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Best Setup For Flat Fall Jigs

Targeting bluefin tuna with a flat fall jig? Shimano's expert anglers recommend a Talica 12II with a Teramar 76XH loaded with 80lb Power Pro and a 60-100lb leader, although their action is not affect by line size. Capt. Bostian thinks they are just as effective on 100lb as they are on 40lb test line, as long as the anglers goes up in line size when they go up in flat fall size. Luckily, you do not have to be an expert angler to catch fish on a flat fall. Aboard The San Diego, they joke that the flat fall is like a Senko for tuna, saying "You don't work them, they work for you."

Check out the lineup on California pro staffer Jamie Thinnes' boat:

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Look For Teramar Tuesdays This Summer

Want to learn more about how to target bluefin tuna on the best gear? This summer, we will again be offering our Teramar Tuesday trips! Join Shimano every other Tuesday to test out Teramar rods and matching Shimano reels, including the Torium, Tranx, Talica, and Trinidad. There will be a Shimano representative onboard to answer any of your questions about the Teramar or Shimano reels. 

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest updates and Teramar Tuesday schedule.