Offshore Big Yellowfin Moving In Locally

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Cole_cos20

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Cole
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21' Shamrock "Reel Happy"
Took a teammate from College and his other baseball buddy out Tuesday 7/5, out of Dana. Launched at 5, got a good scoop of dines, made a few macks, and headed offshore. 277, 209, 289, and 312 all had no life in the AM. From the 289 I headed towards an area that had a nice, slick, fishy patch of water a few miles away, courtesy of my buddies Frasier Volpe gyros I borrowed. Well worth the money. Saw lots of terms working, and almost immediately about 10 different spots of fish popped up, and we picked the closest one. Long story short the fish were up all day but stopped eating at about 11 to just breeze around. There was tonnage of big yellowfin around. They never sunk out, and wernt boat shy. If only I had my gun.... Everything was on surface irons and poppers, no love for bait, kite, nada. All kelps were empty except for one with some small yellows. Ended up with 4 nice yellowfin up to 70lbs for 2 guys, great day on the water! Don't rule out the artificials just yet! Lots of miles logged, many hours in the gyros, and almost giving up but not quite got us these fish. They may be harder to find and get to eat, but they're definitely around. First video my buddy got of the gaff shot was a cool one!

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Mojo1

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Took a teammate from College and his other baseball buddy out Tuesday 7/5, out of Dana. Launched at 5, got a good scoop of dines, made a few macks, and headed offshore. 277, 209, 289, and 312 all had no life in the AM. From the 289 I headed towards an area that had a nice, slick, fishy patch of water a few miles away, courtesy of my buddies Frasier Volpe gyros I borrowed. Well worth the money. Saw lots of terms working, and almost immediately about 10 different spots of fish popped up, and we picked the closest one. Long story short the fish were up all day but stopped eating at about 11 to just breeze around. They never sink out, and wernt boat shy. If only I had my gun.... Everything was on surface irons and poppers, no love for bait, kite, nada. All kelps were empty except for one with some small yellows. Ended up with 4 nice yellowfin up to 70lbs for 2 guys, great day on the water! Don't rule out the artificials just yet!

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Great detective work.
 
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c-goat

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08 DEFIANCE 220 ex Sheri-Moon
Wow,nice grade fish...really nice.
 
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Looks like a blue fin, it's side fin is short, key is the side fin is to short to reach the top dorsal fin...just trying to help. Awesome catch either way...
 
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Cole_cos20

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Looks like a blue fin, it's side fin is short, key is the side fin is to short to reach the top dorsal fin...just trying to help. Awesome catch either way...
Not a bluefin. Not one of those guys that doesn't know the difference between tuna. The fin is actually extended in the pic, you can see the depression on its side and note it folds back well beyond the dorsal. Note that all yellowfin have short sickles in Southern California, unlike their cousins down south. Also note the bottom sickle is yellow, as opposed to a bluefin's white sickle, and note the yellow stripe down the back, as opposed to a bluefin's brownish silver, with a scalloped lower tail half. This is what a bluefin looks like

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canadacraig

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craig
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Took a teammate from College and his other baseball buddy out Tuesday 7/5, out of Dana. Launched at 5, got a good scoop of dines, made a few macks, and headed offshore. 277, 209, 289, and 312 all had no life in the AM. From the 289 I headed towards an area that had a nice, slick, fishy patch of water a few miles away, courtesy of my buddies Frasier Volpe gyros I borrowed. Well worth the money. Saw lots of terms working, and almost immediately about 10 different spots of fish popped up, and we picked the closest one. Long story short the fish were up all day but stopped eating at about 11 to just breeze around. There was tonnage of big yellowfin around. They never sunk out, and wernt boat shy. If only I had my gun.... Everything was on surface irons and poppers, no love for bait, kite, nada. All kelps were empty except for one with some small yellows. Ended up with 4 nice yellowfin up to 70lbs for 2 guys, great day on the water! Don't rule out the artificials just yet! Lots of miles logged, many hours in the gyros, and almost giving up but not quite got us these fish. They may be harder to find and get to eat, but they're definitely around. First video my buddy got of my gaff shot was a cool one!

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la vida

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Look at the bottom anal fin. White = BFT, yellow = YFT. This one is yellow.

To the OP, nice work!

First thing nice grade of fish.
Never new the anal fin thing- but looks white to me.
I was taught to bend the pec fin forward it covers the eye YF if short BF
Can't wait for these thing to break open and die.
 
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jollanes

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First thing nice grade of fish.
Never new the anal fin thing- but looks white to me.
I was taught to bend the pec fin forward it covers the eye YF if short BF
Can't wait for these thing to break open and die.
The pec fin is so hard to see in pictures becaus people aren't usually taking a photo of the fish from above. The anal fin color comparison jumps right out to me usually. I also generally think the anal fin on YFT appears longer and thinner too, where the BFT is wider and shorter. If you take the OP's 2 photos and compare side by side you will see the difference immediately.

And yes, nice grade of fish!! I am hoping to do battle with one this year. My PB fish are only about 50# for BFT and 25# for YFT, so I really hope this year I can best these marks.
 
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That is what I'm talking about!!!!!
 
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    Great report..Very Nice fish..We were out there in the same areas yesterday Heard of the breezers west of the 209 but 5 miles short headed for the 267/ 277 instead.. and didn't stay for the PM bite.It was a little bumpy, We did see small yellows on a paddy, but no go .the other paddys we saw were empty, at least in the AM...Lots of miles.. no fish.. next time...
     
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