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Old 03-06-2010, 09:46 AM
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Default How's bluefin tuna compared to yellowfin,bigeye or longfin

Going to Hattaras soon and was wondering if its worth keeping a bluefin if we catch it, don't care too much for sushi and prefer tuna steaks grilled cajun style. Question is how does bluefin compare to yellowfin, bigeye and longfin?
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They are all great grilled and yellowfin is also great for sushi, almost up there with bluefin

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Once is cooked is hard to tell the difference between yellowfin and bluefin .the real difference is when they are raw bluefin is darker with higher fatty content. The only one reallly noticeable is the long fin that is almost white meat.
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I love sashimi and cooked, my preference for tuna is different for raw VS cooked
Cooked
Big Eye
Long Fin
Yellow Fin
Black Fin
Blue Fin

Raw
Blue Fin
Yellow Fin
Black Fin
Big Eye
Long Fin

Heading to OI Sunday at 6AM to fish on Monday, bringing 2 jigging rods and a bunch of jigs. Water is starting to push back in again, Monday & Tuesday should be a good time to be on the hunt for BFT.
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Tuna is graded by it's fat content, much as beef is, it is also has (like beef) preferred cuts. But to generalize: The order of preference is:

Bluefin
Bigeye
Yellowfin
Albacore
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Cooked or raw I like
BFT
Big eye
YFT
I think yft is kinda chewy but bft just melts in your mouth.
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I regularly catch BFT and have only eaten cooked YFT once in a restaurant in NC. The restaurant YFT was, IMO, better tasting and melted in your mouth. It had a wonderful texture. I liked it so much so that I will make an extra effort to target them this year.
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The bluefin really suck to eat, great to catch but thats about it. So when you do catch one let me know Ill dispose of it for ya
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The most prized piece of tuna is the belly of the bluefin, generally called Toro. It is the equivalent of the fillet side of a Peter Lugers Porterhouse. TASTY !!!!
But to each his own, Toro is the most expensive tuna anywhere, but that does not mean you will like it the best. I personally love bigeye tuna tartare. OH Yeah
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The most prized piece of tuna is the belly of the bluefin, generally called Toro. It is the equivalent of the fillet side of a Peter Lugers Porterhouse. TASTY !!!!
But to each his own, Toro is the most expensive tuna anywhere, but that does not mean you will like it the best. I personally love bigeye tuna tartare. OH Yeah
Agreed, the Blue Fin is prized by the Japs and I have heard many stories of a single blue fin selling for several thousand dollars, but frankly I never cared for it that much. I'll eat a yellowfin steak rare anytime and love raw YF sushimi with a good dose of Wasabi, but the blue fin just has too much fat for my tastes. Funny how some love it so much, but there are many others like myself that don't care for it as much.
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Every one has a different opinion on taste, I personally love big eye; but there aren't many left. I think yellowfin, seared, w/onions, soy sauce, some fresh garlic, and wasabi is as good as it gets, But Raw, I love big eye

ps. the yellowfin has to be seared on the outside , but red on the inside. Uh - Oh, I'm getting hungry

I wish I had the educated pallet to differentiate between great bluefin and good bluefin, but I don't. Especially when I have two Vodkas on the rocks, prior to dinner.

In any case Tuna is a great eating fish, and a hell of a lot of fun to catch.

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I prefer Yellowfin simply because it is not as strong a flavor as Bluefin and has a firm texture. Makes great sushi. I had white tuna sushi and do not know exactly what species it was but was a little more gelatinous than yellowfin tasted pretty good.

Bottom line I catch Bluefin I now usually parcel it out to my neighbors and friends would trade it any day for yellowfin.
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a big factor nobody has mentioned is how you catch the tuna, and how you handle it after catching it......the lactic acid and warmth of the fight can ruin the meat. There is a great read out there about "sashimi grade tuna".....ive posted it on here before, but it is easily found by google...it is a pdf document.
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Rod: "a big factor nobody has mentioned is how you catch the tuna, and how you handle it after catching it....."
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All good eating however Bluefin is much fishier no matter how you handle it. Its a darker, stronger meat. YF is tops for the grill.
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All good eating however Bluefin is much fishier no matter how you handle it. Its a darker, stronger meat. YF is tops for the grill.
I agree with this assesment bridgeman (not saying bluefin isn't great eating)

I also believe Blackfin is just as good as YFT, only problem is that it's bit harder to get those big thick steaks.
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Thanks for the opinions, I'll be in Hatteras in a couple weeks and if the bluefins are still around one of appropriate size will be harvested and bled after hopefully a short fight. I agree with the statement that its based on how its taken care of, personally have had bigeye tuna that I caught with a short fight on an 80W and also had eyeball that was caught on another charter but by someone in the party that took an hour and a half to get to the boat. The one that was subdued after a short fight was much better, the flesh was a deep red and the other was sort of opaque. Looked like it literally cooked itself on the line.
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Looked like it literally cooked itself on the line.
that's a pretty accurate description.....tuna have such high metabolisms, and such high concentration of muscle, they can overheat and ruin the meat from a long fight.
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Maybe it varies from coast to coast in what they eat, but on the left coast I think albacore is still king, for eating.
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Hey guys if you are heading to Hatteras the BFTs are still thick between Hatteras and Oregon Inlet. We went out yesterday the 8th. Had a triple right off the bat. Boated one 167lbs released a larger one at the boat and had the third come unbuttoned early on. Everyone was doing well. We were at the 289 line 58degree water right off of Diamond shoals. Here is the report......Good Luck Mark
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