Originally Posted by 2Rotten
The most important thing with your butterfly jig is to get it wet... Drop them back on the slide, throw them at jumpers, drop them on meter marks; I caught an awful lot of Tuna and had tons of fun before I learned "the proper action". Lots of takes on the drop, and I like ripping a butterfly jig back through a school of jumpers as fast as you can reel; the hits are very exciting. To specifically answer your post, I like the 140 grain in blue sardine or pink. I also like a 50# fluoro top shot over 50# braid
This is good advice. Remember too that there is nothing new about fishing the iron. It's been practiced for centuries and is very well developed in Southern California. A few things to remember:
* About 60% of the tuna that have been taken on iron worldwide since the dawn of time were caught by just letting the lure drop freely through the water - no special retrieve required. It's dirt simple and will put some fish in the boat for you.
* If you are dropping the lure straight down, let it fall 6 or 10 feet, stop it, then let it fall again in a stop and go action. Let it fall very freely.
* There has been a lot of buzz about the Shimano jigs lately, and they are a fine product. I see them as just another good jig and not as a secret weapon.
* Other good lures are P-Line Lazer Minnows, Krippled Herring and Megabaits. Look for the 3 or 4 ounce size. Pinks, greens and blues are good colors. Consider swapping out the factor treble in favor of a single.
Your job is to make that bit of metal look alive to a speedy predator. As a fisherman, you'll know how to do that. Experiment with fast retrieves. And experiment with very fast retrieves, as fast as you can turn the handle.