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Out in Italy to photograph lure fishing for bluefin tuna

I have no idea if we are going to see any bluefin tuna, but from the reports this is some pretty insane fishing when it fires, and with what I am told are some pretty strict regulations in place, the fishing for them out here off the coast of Ancona (Italy, Adriatic Sea) is apparently getting better each year and the average size of fish is on the up as well. I flew out of Heathrow early on Tuesday morning, then a thoroughly nice guy by the name of Giuseppe picked me up from Bologna (he is the Italian distributor for Fiiish), and we drove on down to Ancona to pick Matt from Fiiish up. I have travelled a fair bit for my work over the years, but this is my first time in Italy.

By the time you read this blog post we will be out at sea and on the hunt for these bluefin tuna. Matt is the designer of the Fiiish Black Minnow and Crazy Sandeel, and he’s got a bunch of prototype lures that he wants to try out on the tuna and see how they do - so I am out here as the photographer for a couple of days. The weather was stunning yesterday, so here’s to hoping that we get calm seas, good light, and a bunch of bluefin tuna coming up on the surface and smashing bait - this is the time of year for these scary-powerful fish to behave like that out there, so let’s see what happens.

I found a video on YouTube that shows a bit of this tuna fishing from last year. Holy frigging cow what little I have seen and know of tuna fishing is that they are horribly powerful, with stamina levels that simply aren’t normal, and if we see these fish busting on bait I think I might just pass straight out on the boat deck!! And of course I am looking forward to seeing these Fiiish prototypes, as well as finding out more about all the other ideas that Matt is working on as regards new lures for the kind of fishing that many of us here tend to do. I will do my best to report back to you on Friday morning before I head for home, hopefully with a few photos of the fish and fishing out here in Italy……