How do you weed through skippies for a yellowfin?

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  1. writebrian

    writebrian ... and I'm 6'5"

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    Headed out tomorrow. I have ZERO desire to keep any skipjack. Any techniques to target yellowfin better when surrounded by packs of skippies? Bigger or smaller baits...macs versus sardines? Are yellowfin more likely to bite the jig? Any advice from recent trips?
     
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    I would slide a coltsniper back and drop it deep.
     
  3. Jaysons999

    Jaysons999 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Try an egg sinker right down on the hook or use a Carolina keeper to get your bait below the skippers.
     
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    If the fish go wide ,drop a jig a rods length of line in the water,bounce it like your fishing cods.When you see the purple fish come for it lift it clear,when you see the brown ones (yfs look brown from above) come for it drop it down.I used to use this method with my TNT and #50 locked down they never get there head turned back down.
     
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    tunanorth I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    The old-school trick is using a dead sardine; frenzied yellowfin tuna will still readily eat a dead one, but skipjack tuna generally won't.
     
  6. writebrian

    writebrian ... and I'm 6'5"

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    Are yellowfin typically BELOW the skippies or do they generally school side by side or mixed in with one another?
     
  7. the_tunaman

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    Bang a 6x Jr all day. Likely could end up with the jackpot too.
     
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    This is the way. Either stunning your bait by giving it a good smack or using a dead one has been proven many times over to be effective.
     
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    It was 5/1 Skippies to YF on Wed-Thursday. Fished 16hrs on Thursday to get one short for boat limits on YF. I'm still wore out. Skippies fight a clean fight. I fished mono, Jack pot and most fish guy used flouro...
     
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    A couple years back we were at the “ridge” and had a pretty good bite going on 20 to 30 pound Yellowfin and smaller Yellowtail. To get a tuna we would pin a dead bait or slam a beat up live one on the deck cast out, it would drift in the current thru the yellows and the yellowfin tuna would eat it.
     
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    Get Roy Rose to hook and hand...lol. I once watched him come down from the wheelhouse when we were in a huge school of bonita with some 30-50 lb yellowfin mixed in. Everyone had to weed through 10-15 bonita before they were lucky enough to hook a yellowfin. Roy comes down to the stern, asks passengers for their rods, places a single cast, hooks and hands the rod back to whichever passenger rod he casted out and says, "here's a yellowfin". All the people he did that for indeed had a yellowfin. I just watched that scenario for a while like a dumbass with my mouth open before going over to him and having him hook one for me.
     
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    Was on the Prowler a few weeks ago. Trick for me was 20-25 flouro, 1/4oz sliding sinker, and a lively small dine casting far away from the boat. They didnt want any big baits.. but the dodos did.

    For jigs, anything shiny that would sink (i used a colt sniper but guys on the boat with mega baits worked too). Either on the fall or fast retrieve.

    Good luck!
     
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    Butt Hook your Bait, with A Half OZ Egg Sinker,
    on the Troll , use Bigger Trolling Feathers,
    to keep them from Hitting it.
     
  14. vinniethefish

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    Were the fish line shy when fishing the colt sniper or were you able to get away with a bit heavier line (i.e 30-40lb)?
     
  15. writebrian

    writebrian ... and I'm 6'5"

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    I'm guessing they can't see the line on a jig. I never fish less than 30# with any jig. Usually 40#
     
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    Anyone tried using some of the lighter flatfalls (80g-130g) to weed through them? With fish this size it might be a good use for the stock hooks I pulled off the 160g-250g and not have to worry about loosing fish.
     
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    This was also my experience. Skippies ignored the dead sardine.
     
  18. Reel hip

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    LOL So True! For me it wasnt weeding out Skipjacks. It was a scratchy bite. Our lead deckhand was John Collins. (grouchy). Roy had an assembly line of every reel imaginable attached to a fishermen. Every cast had to be further out. I watched his cast go further than anyone's else. Every cast was a fish. It was port corner and cast, hand off walk along stern toward starboard . Fight your fish. land your fish at bow.
     
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    I caught one yellowfin on a coltsniper...As soon as it hit the water. Couldn't get them to go any other way.???
     
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    I had good luck last week down off Ensenada getting the yft with a 42 g and 60g colt sniper on the retrieve after dropping beneath the skipjack, probably starting my retrieve at least 60-80’ beneath the boat, sometimes letting it sink twice that deep. Made no difference if I casted or just dropped straight down. Once down, I did a steady wind, not too fast. I had the most success when the bait bite was also going strong and hooked up on nearly every retrieve at those times. I was using a short 40# fluoro leader on the end of my 40# mono topshot, but mostly just because I’m superstitious. I had to let the skippies eat and drop the jig several times on the sink (I use a vmc inline single instead of a treble) , but once it was down, it was almost always a yft that bit early on the retrieve. We had good fishing that day, and I hooked over 20 yft on the jig. I got a few on 100g and 130g flatfalls also on a steady wind retrieve.
     
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