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976-Tuna is the ESPN of Sportfishing in California. Over the past few decades, they have brought fishing reports from all of the local fishing captains to help make sense of the fish bite.
In this episode, we cover a bunch of topics, including:
- Understanding the party boat culture here in California.
- Learn the best setups for your time on the water.
- A unique perspective from real-world data from boat captains coming in about our fishery.
1:00: Introduction to the owner of 976-Tuna, Terrence, and how it got started. How they have direct communication with 75% of the recreational fishing boats.
2:54: How 976-Tuna gets all of these different captains to give them awesome data. How it’s a small family vibe.
5:55: Why whenever you step on a boat you’re gambling, and why every boat captain will do whatever they can to get you on fish.
7:29: What Terrence recommends for best rigs, saltwater gear, practices, and all things beginner tips for party boat fishing.
13:14: Why you should start out with monofilament first and a small tip of fluorocarbon. Uni-to-Uni for that knot. Why there are some downfalls to fluorocarbon.
16:43: Why he gave up spearfishing even though he’s a master diver. Why he doesn’t want to get close to monster leatherback turtles.
19:14: How he was on location to film for 976-Tuna back in the day. A brief history of how 976 transitioned from phone to the internet.
21:33: What Terrence would say to make the industry better, especially when fishing gets tough.
25:09: The seasons of local fishing. What it’s like to be a true fisherman.
29:38: The basic concept of cyclical fishing conditions.
33:09: What is Terrence’s gut feel of the state of our fisheries. The different aspects that are affecting the fisheries.
38:01: The different mindsets of fishermen. The equitable stake of a fisherman when they buy a fishing license.
42:33: How the scientist might measure their saltwater fish species in the wrong locations, which affects the data and policies created. Why local fishermen should be responsible for our local resources.
50:05: Why he’s fishing deep lately.
55:02: Resources Terrence recommends.