Big Eye / Yellowfin

Discussion in 'Pelagics' started by MrBill, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. MrBill

    MrBill Senior Member

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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
     
  2. gman

    gman Senior Member

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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
     

  3. Minnow

    Minnow Administrator

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    Thanks for the link.
    One of the best illustration for YFT and Bigeye tuna that I have ever read.
     
  4. Bret

    Bret Senior Member

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    Thanks Mr. Bill.. Great info right there..
     
  5. STx Fisherman

    STx Fisherman Senior Member

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    Thanks Mr. Bill.
    Great report.
     
  6. Ragman

    Ragman Moderator

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    Thanks for posting that document here MrBill!

    Great information!

    Jerry - After reading this, what was that 99#'er?
     
  7. CaptEddie

    CaptEddie Site Sponsor

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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.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Snagged

    Snagged Senior Member

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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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  9. SkeeterRonnie

    SkeeterRonnie Senior Member

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    its a potbelly!! not you Jerry, the fish next to you!!! LOL!! theres definately a difference, even my untrained eye can see that!
     
  10. bunile

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    Oh SKEETER , .....CUT IT OUT !!!!!
     
  11. fishr1989

    fishr1989 Senior Member

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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.
    [​IMG]

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

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    That was helpful. I am going to keep a close eye for a bigye.
     
  13. auguste

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    Printed a copy and will keep it on my boat

    THANKS
     
  14. kidflex

    kidflex Senior Member

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    If someone asked me what kind of tuna that was, I would have said a yellowfin, it looks exactly like one
    dude, you look just like capt eddie!
     
  15. masonboro

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    Good Post!
    Thankyou Mr.Bill.
     
  16. DenisB

    DenisB Senior Member

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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.