Oh they bothered with the bluefin. Their gear just did not let them be very successful. The Tuna club of Avalon was formed in 1898.Back in them days they knew, SAND DABS, WSB, BSB, YELLOW'S and ROCK FISH were whats for dinner. they did not even bother with horse mackerel (BFT) of witch were plentiful around the island at that time. sushi did not exist and cooked BFT taste like shit compared to the others mentioned.
It wasn't very hard with an untapped fishery that's been around for thousands of years. Crazy how the last 100 years has changed the landscape.
So true, Schoolie BFT were thrown away as trash fish not so long ago, even in the 60’s caught off of our piers in SoCal. Most went to cat food or fertilizer.Yes for catching for sport but not so much for eating. Why bother when they could enjoy a plate full of dabs.