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Old 10 November 2018, 04:07   #1
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With my daughter away fishing and spearing a few hundred km south I took the opportunity to head offshore in hope of a tuna for dinner. I love being out wide solo occasionally, no one I have to please but myself.

The albacore and yellowfin tuna have been hanging around the seamounts just 47km offshore (still a reasonable hike in the little rib). On the way out I came across several species of dolphins and a fair few sun fish I kept mistaking as sharks. Pulled a mix of divers and skirted lures but became bored of standing behind the console, also a bulged disk in my back was giving me a tough time.

Decided to head back to where I'd seen the dolphins in the hope of a small albacore rather than punish myself on the big barrel tuna. Came across some high speed souries ( a type of extremely fast garfish simular to flying fish). Had three lines out all on light spin outfits, wasn't long before the same little lure that seems to attract 90% of my hookups was hooked up solid.

Keeping the boat in gear so that pressure on the fish allowed me time to get the other lines out of the way, once back on the rod I instantly realised this wasn't a little albacore or skipjack. Didn't take to long to get it within sight, yellowfin and even though it wasn't a trophy fish it was still tough going with a bad back and a 7ft rod. Managed a perfect head shot with the small 4in gaff before dropping it on the deck. Icky spiked through the brain and instantly bled before packing it down with ice.

Didn't bother putting a line out after this one, not sure of the weight as I tend to go off length more, this little one was 1.10m and will make a few tasty meals.

Sorry about the pics, just got a quick snap on the phone before icing down the fish.
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Old 10 November 2018, 04:11   #2
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Blimey, don't get that in the Solent!
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Blimey, don't get that in the Solent!
You do off Hayle in Cornwall!...of the Larger Blue Fin variety!
Fresh Tuna/Tunny is in a class of its own..nice Pics and write up
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Nice one Jon very jealous. I had a nice fresh tuna tatake in the Canary Islands last week. Takes some beating.
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You do off Hayle in Cornwall!...of the Larger Blue Fin variety!
Fresh Tuna/Tunny is in a class of its own..nice Pics and write up
We get both northern and southern bluefin here as well as many other types. For sport and eating, my pick is the big eye tuna.
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You do off Hayle in Cornwall!...


...and Scarborough, apparently they’re making a return.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big-...gh?wprov=sfti1
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