Royal Star Albacore

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After 2020 why not? Anything is possible...now, whose albacore prediction just came true?!?

That will be a trip to remember!
 
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Bill W

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    I know this will kinda twist this story around but that is not a albacore. That pect fin is not long enough and it has white spots on the belly and the fins have yellow. (Bigeye)

    This is what a albacore looks like.

     
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    Looks like a BET that went unoticed because small BET look like YFT with albacore length pectorals. Fresh on the deck BET have similar color as a YFT and can go unoticed. Once the boat got back to the dock the fish lost most of its color and just had long pectorals. Looking like a albacore.

    Having not been there, I do trust the ID being correct. But from the pic the fish looks like a baby BET.

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    BET imo
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    Bill W

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    Fin too short for a albi IMO.Tom
    The tail trailing edge is the first thing I look at and again I see spots.
     

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    I’m sorry, I’m going against a few long range experts opinion, but I’m calling it an albacore, not a bigeye. Wrong body shape for big eye IMO.
    Used to be at the start of albacore season, we would catch smaller grade albacore. I remember seeing the spots.
    It's just.... it's just an albacore. Like, what? It's an albacore! I feel like I'm in bizarro land
     

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    I'm not a LR expert. There are a few on this thread. And having not been there. I do trust the IDrs and the fishes body length and thickness looks albacore

    Only caught a hundred or so albacore including a few (tombos) so I was told. Compared to some on this thread that have caught thousands. Which were late season at the Cortez for the tombos. Those fish had allot of purple and were very weak. Backed drag off so fish would take line so it could be fought longer.

    I was looking at the yellow on the fin and the marbling. And thinking the BET had not grown into its wings yet.

    Here are some fresh albie peanuts with the same body style as the RS fish. BET are stumpy and maybe more triangular anal and dorsal fins. But I don't recall albacore having distinct yellow in their 2nd dorsal fin at the docks or on the boat and I looked back on a collection of albacore pics.

    But the body looks albacore like these fish
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    Small BET just iced for a day

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    Rabid Fish

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    I'm not a LR expert. There are a few on this thread. And having not been there. I do trust the IDrs and the fishes body length and thickness looks albacore

    Only caught a hundred or so albacore including a few (tombos) so I was told. Compared to some on this thread that have caught thousands. Which were late season at the Cortez for the tombos. Those fish had allot of purple and were very weak. Backed drag off so fish would take line so it could be fought longer.

    I was looking at the yellow on the fin and the marbling. And thinking the BET had not grown into its wings yet.

    Here are some fresh albie peanuts with the same body style as the RS fish. BET are stumpy and maybe more triangular anal and dorsal fins. But I don't recall albacore having distinct yellow in their 2nd dorsal fin at the docks or on the boat and I looked back on a collection of albacore pics.

    But the body looks albacore like these fish
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    Small BET just iced for a day

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    Yeah BET look like tiny YFT when they're peanuts, then go through a brief phase of looking albacore-adjacent in the 20-40 lb range

    And baby albacore can have pretty short wings like the one the royal star caught. But still, no need to overthink it. It's wild to me how many YFT, BFT and now even albacore get claimed as BET. Like every time a tuna looks even a tiny fraction off from the archetype it must be a BET.

    Probably 80% of the reported BET catches in CA adjacent waters I've seen are mis-ID'd BFT or YFT.
     

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    Here are the BET that I have witnessed

    Ali, Brent, and I. Make A Wish tournament 2004. We landed 9 bait fish total, I caught 5, Ali caught 3, and Brent caught 1 :D think we won 5th

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    Jason caught a BET on a 1.5 day on the condor. He got his ass kicked on peepee kelp paddy gear (small fish on kelps back then). Look at the fishes tail size compared to sacked fish
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    Pacific Voyager 1.5 day. A few hooked at sunset on peepee gear. One landed

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    5 day shogun. Traveling to benitos when it was open. Hit a kelp. Captain came on speaker 30 minutes later and said he was marking big fish. The skipjack on the corner bolted. Did the right thing and grabbed a 2 speed with 50#. Got cherry picked (belly hooked) after the skipjack laid out the red carpet. This was the end result

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