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South Carolina yellowfin??

Old 07-12-2019, 06:50 PM
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Just moved to SC from MD. Miss the great tuna and marlin fishing in the canyons. I hear there used to be a decent yellowfin bite off the SC coast but that it has dried up over recent years. Obviously the migrate along the same general routes. Are they just that much further offshore? 100 miles or so? Thanks!
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:59 AM
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They're on the east side of the gulfstream
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Old 07-14-2019, 11:49 AM
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I'm interested too.
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Old 07-14-2019, 04:39 PM
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The Yellowfin got sparse after the factory ships wiped them out in the 80's. We still get some YF but they are not targeted specifically as they are in other parts of the country.

Depending on where you're fishing out of in SC, you need to get to about 600' which is maybe five miles from the 30 fathom line or what we refer to as the Edisto Banks. Still quite a few are caught trolling but a high power radar is a must if you're going to target them.
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Old 07-15-2019, 10:08 AM
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The Yellowfin got sparse after the factory ships wiped them out in the 80's. We still get some YF but they are not targeted specifically as they are in other parts of the country.

Depending on where you're fishing out of in SC, you need to get to about 600' which is maybe five miles from the 30 fathom line or what we refer to as the Edisto Banks. Still quite a few are caught trolling but a high power radar is a must if you're going to target them.
From the edisto banks, you're going to have to go about 60 miles further..........to the "otherside".
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:28 PM
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I have chartered here in Myrtle Beach since @ 09 I guess and I have caught 2. Though this spring there were more caught to the North than usual. I hear migrating patterns could bring them back around but who knows..
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:54 PM
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There's a few caught here and there... Definitely nobody is targeting YFT. They are typically a very awesome bonus while trolling for other pelagics. The East side of the stream is where they are probably most abundant.
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:20 AM
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We used to catch them in the 50-80lb class on a regular basis. I can remember seeing three or four schools of them at once with all the schools being as big or bigger than a football field. It wasn't rare to be trolling along, see a mass of birds and a large school of Tuna busting underneath them. Alas those days are long gone as the CA commercial boats seem to have wiped out that migratory group. They can still be occasionally found, as some have said on the far side of the GS. SAD.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:39 PM
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I remember the big schools also as we would regularly see them 60-70 miles offshore of Chs. That was a long time ago like 30 years back and now they just aren't there. Sure if you run far enough you can find one but might as well drive to NC and run from there in that case.
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Old 07-19-2019, 08:41 AM
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Sad. We use to catch 50lb YF at the Georgetown Hole routinely in the Spring. Gone now. Are the blackfins still there? Go to Costa Rica. The Yellowfin bite around the spinner porpoise pods is off the chain. Last month Costa Rica just pushed the commercial purse seiners out even further. 65 miles now. The tuna fishing is incredible. Hope it holds out.
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