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Old 09-09-2019, 07:25 AM
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My buddy and I have been going offshore trying to catch the "mythical" creature called the Yellow Fin Tuna over the last couple of months. I have gone to most of the off shore rigs in the area and have got pretty good at catching Black fin but still no luck at Yellow Fin. We Saw a good school jumping at Patronis this weekend and trolled the area but still no luck. If anyone has any suggestions that would be great, and thanks in advance.
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:32 AM
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Live bait during summer. Lots of it!
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Old 09-09-2019, 12:38 PM
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The guys in Venice have been struggling too. October will hopefully be better.
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Old 09-09-2019, 05:37 PM
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Tons of live bait is needed. Trolling for tunas in the gulf is rather unproductive for most
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Old 09-10-2019, 06:53 AM
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Next time you wanna troll for YF use a blue/white Islander with a ballyhoo on it...Or a naked Ballyhoo
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:40 AM
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Learning how to consistently catch YFT is a lifetime of learning project. Even the guys out of Venice that do it everyday and know where the fish are moving still end up coming home without sometimes.

Go to YouTube and look for
How to chunk yellowfin tuna in the gulf of Mexico
How to rig naked ballyhoo for tuna
Best trolling spread for tuna

Once you watch the basics then start trying each technique and modifying it to fit you, your boat and where you're fishing. In my experience the top shot and hook size make more difference than any other factor. We take a lot of 100, 80 and 60 lb flouro when we tournament fish. If you're in dirty water but there's fish then sometimes you can go heavy and be able to work the fish to boat quicker, sometimes it's just dirty up top and right below where your bait if drifting too is Cobalt blue and you end up dropping all the way down to 60 Or sometimes 50 lb flouro to get them joker's to bite. The basics are always the same with chunking and live baiting just start playing and figuring out what you are best at.

On a side note, we've spent 24 hours on a rig marking big fish before we were able to entice them to bite. Sometimes it takes a commitment to figuring out how to get them to bite. Chunking can take hours and hours of cutting up blackfin and getting nothing then all of the sudden you have 5 in the boat and it's been absolutely chaos for hours! Good times, be committed, and don't waste time on rigs that don't have any bait or fish marking.

One last note, look up major and minor bite times before you go. You're welcome 😊
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:02 AM
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Thanks, That was a lot of good information.
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:00 PM
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last couple of years have been tough for tuna around here even for the guys that know how to catch them...not saying im one of them..
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Old 09-13-2019, 06:52 AM
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Learn how to do a bucket trick with live bait. 8-10 live baits in a bucket along with yours that has a hook in it. Strip out some line in the floor of the boat. When your on top of them marking dump the bucket behind the motors. While you give the boat gas to push the baits back away from the boat another guy needs to be stripping line faster than you are driving."pretty fast for 50-60 ft. At the same time have another guy on the other corner stripping line with a second bait. so 10 -15 bait just got pushed out behind the boat with your mixed in with them. Create a bait ball. You can also throw a few additional baits in the air so they see them hit the surface. Many time this will get them to feed especially if they are in the top 100 ft of the water column. If they are deeper than 150 i would try chunking or sending down a cherry bomb. To send down a bomb put on a live bait and strip out about 40ft of line. 40 ft away from the bait rubber band on a 4-8 ounce sinker. Send down to depth of fish and bump troll.
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summertime fishing i usually use a 6/0 hook and 60lb leader. Good luck!
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Old 09-13-2019, 06:58 AM
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Twin Vee has it dialed in. Thats good intel. Bring more bait than you would ever need. When throttling away from the baits, your hooked bait will go out smoother if you freespool with no clicker and point the rod to your baits.
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:56 AM
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Dang, we're coming down in a couple of weeks and really hope to catch SOMETHING on a 12 hr trip!
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:06 AM
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Haven't seen a decent YF in 2 months...
It's been tough this year. February will hopefully bring em back!!!
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Old 09-14-2019, 12:37 PM
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What's decent for ya'll? I look at the Venice Marina camera and all their charter Facebook pages and see SOME YFT but I can't really judge the sizes. They say we'll be able to discuss what we want to do when we meet up with the captain the day before we go. It's one of those 42 footers with 4 engines so I assume they can go as far out as needed.
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Originally Posted by raven316 View Post
What's decent for ya'll? I look at the Venice Marina camera and all their charter Facebook pages and see SOME YFT but I can't really judge the sizes. They say we'll be able to discuss what we want to do when we meet up with the captain the day before we go. It's one of those 42 footers with 4 engines so I assume they can go as far out as needed.
There is not a charter boat in venice that cant run as far you are willing to run. They are picking away at a few yellowfin right now and catching alot of black fin the fishing should keep getting better and hopefully the yellows will start showing up on the shrimp boats ( not to many shrimp boats out right now)
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Great, our trip is set for the 24th and my group is coming from as far as California so it's damn the torpedos!
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can a regular angler/ none commercial catch tuna in alabama with a fishing license or is a special permit required?

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Old 09-15-2019, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Stevethebrain View Post
can a regular angler/ none commercial catch tuna in alabama with a fishing license or is a special permit required?
just need a HMS permit
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Old 09-15-2019, 08:05 AM
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As stated above, along with a valid Gulf State Rec SW Fishing License, a Federal Fishing Permit is required:

Atlantic HMS Angling Permit $26.00

Authorizes vessels to recreationally fish for or retain any Atlantic HMS with rod & reel; tunas, sharks, and swordfish with handline; and free-swimming tunas (excluding bluefin) with a speargun. NO SALE OF CATCH ALLOWED

https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/

Tight Lines!
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Old 09-16-2019, 07:00 AM
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This is really helpful and the videos help explain why folks would take one of these charters. I love to fish and have done quite a bit but it's not my living and it's very complex. It's great if people have the time, money and resources to do it on there own but I don't and I'm glad this is available.
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