But visually confirming large tunas busting on the surface is a surefire way to have a solid chance at catching nice yellowfins.
Fishing with the Shapiros off Lucaya, Bahamas, we could have kept catching as many nice yellowfins as we wanted, but there are of course regulations to follow.
Also as of Friday, 73,114 yellowfins had been boated.
Prognosticators hit it on the head, as scads of yellowfin tuna and dorado followed their brethren to points north.
Three of the most popular places to look for yellowfins and the birds that follow them are east of Port Canaveral between 70 and 120 miles offshore; between Walkers Cay and the "corner" north of Matanilla Shoal; and throughout the Northwest Providence Channel between Port Lucaya and Bimini around "Tuna Canyon" and "Tuna City.
Upon locating a flock of birds that appear to be shadowing yellowfins, there are many techniques you might deploy.
Speaking of yellowfins
, Cerritos angler Corrigan hooked her 304-1/4-pounder - the women's all-tackle record - while furiously trying to avoid hooking a tiger shark.
Some years, those summertime yellowfins
stray toward the western side of the Gulf Stream.
A smattering of yellowfins
and dorado have also been caught in the last week off Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz islands.
People catch yellowfin
tuna year-round in that stretch of water, north of Matanilla Reef, and east almost to Walkers Cay (See "Strike Zone for Yellowfins
" on p.
Commercial pressure, fickle currents, and catastrophes of our own making (oil spills) may conspire to keep those fat yellowfins
tantalizingly out of reach--and the mighty bluefin skidding toward extinction.
While we were chunking to keep the dolphin around the boat, some yellowfins
popped up for a moment, then disappeared without a hookup.