We keep assisting at tuna releases which are rather arguable. Here are some advices for whom is interested to start this practice at best.
The tuna has to be recovered as quickly as possible; if knots are well made and the equipment appropriate, you can close the drag and pull with energy. It’s advisable to use equipments according to ones capacities.
If you want to film or take pictures let the fish swim around underneath the boat for some time so that he can ventilate.
To release it, take the leader, draw it near to the boat and try to remove the hook. If you can’t, cut the line close to the hook.
It’s mandatory to use circle hooks
If the tuna is small you can pull it onboard for a short time, for a picture or to unhook; if it’s a big one you can only pull it through the tuna door.
Avoid lifting it out of the water if you use a boca grip, else wise the spine might get hurt.
You must avoid touching it, pat the head, put your hands in the gills but especially avoid tiring it out on the surface of the water with the excuse of ventilating it, it doesn’t work.
We have to respect tunas we release, doing all that’s possible for keeping them alive
Content and photo by Riccardo Fanelli