The practice of the Green Stick bluefin tuna fishing technique began many years ago in Japan, then it was exported to North America, and from there it went to Hawaii, where it has become the most common practice due to its effectiveness and for being tremendously exciting and fun.
In the world of extreme fishing, the most experienced captains and skippers in the world have begun to put it into practice, especially in Costa Rica, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.
This technique is very similar to the one used for a long time in Indonesia with a kite, since the base of the system is practically the same: raise the line so that the fish does not detect its slit in the water, color or wake. , and hang a bait in the air, some distance from the boat, to give it the appearance of a real living thing leaping away. The practice of the Green Stick is similar, except that instead of a kite, a long mast is used that is high enough to lift the line and lures, and ductile and robust enough to bend to incredible limits and absorb the heavy blows of a kite. the bites produced by tuna.
Green Stick is associated with the ecology of sustainable fishing as it is perhaps the most selective of all known fishing practices and techniques, limiting catches to large tunas that feed on the surface after being properly excited, and also when using artificial lures and not live or frozen bait. At the same time, this technique eliminates the occasional and accidental capture of species such as turtles, dolphins, sharks, etc.
The name of Green Stick comes from the original raw material used by those wise old fishermen, bamboo, since large and thick bamboo poles were used in its origins. Currently, and with the advent of new materials, bamboo was replaced by fiberglass and carbon, and they are the most used raw materials for the construction of the great mast, capable of rising well above the highest level of the ship to heights of 15 meters to be able to fish at distances of 200 - 300 meters from the stern.
Today, the Green Stick has evolved so much that it is easy to see them in telescopic formats, with a very thick base and carbon fiber, divided into a series of interlocking elements, with the plugs or joints protected by metal reinforcements. In the same way that we see in the telescopic rods used in any type of fishing from the shore.
Another incentive that justifies the intensive use of Green Stick is that it turns traditional and professional tuna fishing into true sport fishing, eliminating the use of natural baits, whether live or dead, and the inconvenience of obtaining and keeping them in optimal conditions. since only artificial lures are mounted.