I won't lie. Part of the reason for this post is a touch of plain old bragging. Two weekends ago I was offshore with a couple long-time fishing buddies and something exceptional happened. Late in the day, the bluefin tuna started cruising along the edges of giant ray schools and feeding up. Not only were they eating on top, but we were the only boat on them, and they were staying at the surface long enough to actually move in a get some legit shots with spinning rods. Tuna guys understand why I call this exceptional, but for the non-pelagic hunters, here's the deal. Every tuna season, we troll 95% of our bluefins. You might have some light spinning gear and poppers on the boat, but you can't ever bank on the right situation to actually use them. Just having one shot in a day at popping a fast-moving tuna school is killer. Having one hit the lure and knock it up in the air—which they frequently do—is a big bonus. Having not one, but six tunas smash the lure and get hooked? Well, that's just exceptional.