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I think it was Snagged you got cheated out of a Big Eye identification on a Big E trip. Look at this 27 page illustration. After reading this, you should never have a problem making the identification. It's a pdf file. It take a minute to load so be patient.

http://www.saltfish.net/Big_Eye_VS_Yellowfin_ID.pdf
 

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Thanks for the document, there is always such confusion about identifying the two species. Ive been told teh only way to tell was through the liver but there seem to be some tell tell signs

Thanks again, great read
 

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Thanks MR Bill. To be honest The number of people who ID'd this as a bigeye convinced me that it was and I know I caught it. A piece of paper doesn't mean much.
Tom, It was 93#'s.
Here is a picture in which you can see the difference in the body.
 

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I have only been a part of one bigeye in my life and it was my Wifes first tuna of all things.


If someone asked me what kind of tuna that was, I would have said a yellowfin, it looks exactly like one
 

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Very detailed comparison.
Excellent reference for separating YFT from BET
not so concise a conclusion that its not a YFT and must be a BET, where BFT is a potential.

In saying that , its no criticism at all of this reference work, its just that if BFT is a potential you need to also have the BET-BFT ID references.

It gets messy in my waters ( Oz ) where you have YFT,BET, SBFT & NBFT .

The mix is primarily YFT with potential for BET & SBFT & the very occasional NBFT in summer
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primarily SBFT with potential for YFT & BET & the occasional NBFT in winter.
 
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