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I read xs tackle's report of Nov 30- Dec 2 on the Gulf Eagle that they
had excellent top water action at Boudreaux.
I plan to split my time between popping and jigging/bait fishing as I expect most guys want to cast.
 
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I read xs tackle's report of Nov 30- Dec 2 on the Gulf Eagle that they
had excellent top water action at Boudreaux.
I plan to split my time between popping and jigging/bait fishing as I expect most guys want to cast.
I might start by jigging a few blackfin using a regular diamond jig and use them as bait for YF/Sharks. I'll probably throw poppers off and on as well. I'd like to get one on topwater at least since I've never done that.
 

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I got to find a way to catch yft on jigs among so many blackfin.
Someone reported that they got yft jigging deep, but it is unsual you catch yft deeper than 300 ft.
 
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I got to find a way to catch yft on jigs among so many blackfin.
Someone reported that they got yft jigging deep, but it is unsual you catch yft deeper than 300 ft.
yeah a guy i know said he just dropped down really deep (he claims about 500 feet but wasn't 100% sure) and the catch was 50/50 as opposed to almost 100/0 of blackfin/yellowfin more shallow. I believe he was just using a regular diamond jig.

You might be able to avoid at least smaller blackfin by using a larger jig.
 

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Hey Kil!

In my experience, the YFT are no deeper than 280 ft. There are usually YFT schools that stay deep (under the black fin) and random YFT's that patrol from 50 ft up to the surface.

If you can get a fast, slim jig through the BFT, then work it slowly at around 250 to 280ft (really depends on where they are marking), you can jig a YFT!

The YFT's that patrol from surface down to 50' you should try a live jig (similar to a tuna pen foil). Just make long cast like a popper, let it sink to a count of 10, then make a long rod sweep up and reel back down.
 

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Tom, you are right. We rarely fish yft deeper than 300 ft. I caught one yft once near the bottom of canyon edges (500-600 ft), but that is an exception. When I fished on the Carreabean Sea, I planned to catch yft near the top by casting jigs concentrating on surface or near surface, but it didn't matter as blackfin were all over the places.
 

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I got to find a way to catch yft on jigs among so many blackfin.
Someone reported that they got yft jigging deep, but it is unsual you catch yft deeper than 300 ft.

Kil,
When I fished there any jig would have a BF on it, I don't go over 14 ounces and the BF hit them. If you can get past the BF an extremely slow jig works.
Chunk and top water were best producers.
 

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If you can get past the BF an extremely slow jig works.
Chunk and top water were best producers.
When I fished on the Carrebean Sea, I didn't move my jig at all, but blackfin tuna still hit my jigs relentlessly. I even got two blackfin on a jig with one single hook. :eek:
 

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I would love blackfin if I could find 40 pounders!

Thank goodness they stay relatively small. If we had to wrestle with 60-80 lb BFT to try to get through to bigger YFT's, we'd be really whooped.

One of two times I almost went over board, was when I had my drag set on full (forgot to check), I had a 25-30 lb BFT slam a jig in roughly pitching seas on a smallish boat.

I always check my drags now.
 

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Kil,
When I fished there any jig would have a BF on it, I don't go over 14 ounces and the BF hit them.


Jerry is right, On our recent charter I was dropping one of those 18" 425 gram jigs down and catching 16" 325 gram Blackfins .... :eek:
 
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