Yellow Fin Tuna

redsnapper517

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  • May 20, 2009
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    With the SD fleet fishing the BFT the last few years . What happened to all the Yellowfin Tuna that we use to catch in large numbers ?
     
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    surfgoose

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    Just like the albacore, they still run up the coast following the California Current. The tunas all like different water temps, and they mostly stay in their own schools doing their own thing, like the different types of salmon. We got a flurry of them last fall.

    Historically, the only tunas that lived almost year-round off SoCal was the bluefin. The Avalon Tuna Club wasn't founded to constantly chase albacore or yellowfin. Do we get the other tunas within easy distance? Sure, sometimes. I got albacore on the 14 Mile Bank off of Newport Beach when I first started chasing tuna back in the early 60's. Yellowfin in the pass between San Clemente and Catalina was a pretty sure bet from late July through October for many years.

    Commercial pressure matters a lot, but marine biologists will also tell you that almost all species appear to be cyclical, going from abundance to scarcity and slowly building back up over a decade, regardless of what man does or doesn't do.

    As an offshore fisherman, all you can do is keep going out and looking with an open mind. They may well not want to bite what you caught them on last trip, or last year. On most of my trips last year we saw humpty thousands of bluefin, often so close that we were almost tempted to jump in with a knife in our hand, but they were extremely picky about what they would eat. Even the yellowfin schools were very fussy most of the time. Hopefully this year we will run across some hungry dumb ones!
     

    bdogie1

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    We hope for the warm water!!
     
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    scbassmaster

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    "I'm in the market, as it were" - Jack Sparrow
    I’m looking forward to some dumb YFT in range of SD boats. Till then I’ll keep trying to get lucky with the BFT and YT...
     

    SuperPutt

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    Agreed with @surfgoose, we caught a YFT last year and ran into big schools of them, just later in the season.
     
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    TOTW

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    From a sport angler perspective, it’s probably better that the yellowfin hang out south of the border and the bluefin to the north. The CA seiner fleet really really puts the heat on the YFT up here, but don’t seem to target BFT. In any event, the water is cool, and the season is young.
     
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    caballo del mar

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    Like this one. The last few years there has been some nicer yellowfin caught between 35 and 70 lbs, as well as the normal schoolies.
     
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    Black-is-Back

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    The last few years, it seems like as soon as they get North of the Mexican border the commercial fleet pounds the shit out of them and they are pretty much scattered and gone in short order.
     
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    Blackfish

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    I had my best ever YFT last year. 15-30 lb class. Three trips, limits for our crew. It was later in July and August, normal time.

    Last el Ninja years, WFO 40-70 lbs every trip.

    This is/will be a regular season, the smaller grade will show, even if the seiners get them first. They will show. August. But spots of YFT will be here by late June.

    Fish the blow holes.
     
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    OnoEric

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    They’re still around… I was on the Success trip last September when we got 93 really nice grade, and the count could have been much higher. We drove away from biting fish on day 1 because we literally plugged the fish hold.
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    sickcat

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    From a sport angler perspective, it’s probably better that the yellowfin hang out south of the border and the bluefin to the north. The CA seiner fleet really really puts the heat on the YFT up here, but don’t seem to target BFT. In any event, the water is cool, and the season is young.

    The CA fleet is not even a grain of sand on the beach compared to the fleet from countries south of the border. That is why in U.S. waters there has been no commercial YFT quota historically. No need for one as nature self regulates it. That may change as warming continues and in general species move northward
     
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    TOTW

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    The CA fleet is not even a grain of sand on the beach compared to the fleet from countries south of the border. That is why in U.S. waters there has been no commercial YFT quota historically. No need for one as nature self regulates it. That may change as warming continues and in general species move northward
    That’s certainly an issue, too. Speaking specifically about the local So Cal fishery and its impact to sport angling, the San Pedro fleet definitely can clean up what comes across the line in very short order.
     
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