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Old 07-11-2018, 07:39 AM
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Wife and I are seriously considering leaving this S-hole Puget Sound area. A Southerner can only take so many winters of non stop cold rain for 6 months.

We want to know how the fishing is. Also, how far do you have to go to fish for yellowfin, blackfin and mahi out of the Tampa Bay area?
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Old 07-11-2018, 07:41 AM
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Overfished here. Nothing to see. LOL

40+ miles for the fish.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:47 AM
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40 miles isn't so bad.
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I did 3 yrs in the PNW - I feel your pain.. My inlaws live in Tampa and other than the usual metro traffic I like the area.. As far as fishing - lots of bottom fishing opportunities in close but pelagics are a haul.

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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
As far as fishing - lots of bottom fishing opportunities in close but pelagics are a haul.
^ This
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Yellowfin not worth targeting..

blackfin 20 - 40 depending on time of year...fairly abundant

mahi..little guys 25-40

bigger 40 plus.. summer fishery
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by gumpire View Post
Yellowfin not worth targeting..

blackfin 20 - 40 depending on time of year...fairly abundant

mahi..little guys 25-40

bigger 40 plus.. summer fishery
Dang, no Yellowfin eh? That's unfortunate. we have no issues running far out there as we currently run 30 to 60 for albacore.

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Old 07-11-2018, 06:52 PM
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40 miles isn't so bad.
It is if you can't rely on Pelagic fish, and you can't.
The fishery even at 100 miles off isn't that consistent for pelagic fish.
Check the middle grounds and steps thread in the sportfishing section.

anyone trolling the steps or elbow or middle grounds in the gulf?
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On the Southeast coast folks run towards the Bahamas and catch Yellowfin on the Bahamas side of the Gulf Stream. I don't hear of many Yellowfin caught near the southeast coast of Florida but at least a few are.

There is quite a bit of action 10 miles or more into the Gulf with bottom fishing in the Tampa area.
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You can catch solid eating fish ( grouper ) in and around TB - if I had that opportunity here I'd sell my offshore boat in minute.. the cool thing is that you can trailer to east coast to get your pelagic fix every now and then..
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pelagics are a no go with the occasional one caught till you hit the middle grounds and that’s a 100+ miles . Tampa’s more gag, red grouper , snapper , tarpon , Cobia and plenty of inshore opportunity. If you boat is trailerable the joy of living in Florida is south east Florida is only 3-4 hours away . You want pelagics head to east coast .from Jupiter south your looking at condos catching pelagics. Good luck
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Echo what everyone else has said about Pelagics. I’ve seen/caught Wahoo, Mahi, Sails, and Tuna 20-40 miles out, but those were rare occasions. I’ve been on consistent Blackfin Tuna bites in 150’ and have heard of good catches in 70-80’ during the spring bait migration.
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