PC Tuna Surprise!

We left the ramp at sunrise and headed south on the beach to find the bait. 1 throw was all we needed for the day. Headed out to the 70-90' ledge and started to troll. 1st strike of the day we hook a sailfish which jumped twice and spit the hook. We then continued to catch and release numerous Kingfish and Sharks which were all released. We then headed out to 27 fathom where we were productive last trip. The current was ripping and it was difficult to get our baits down. The surface temps was 88 degrees. We ended up using our sea anchor to help control our drift. We hooked and lost 2 big fish we think were big groupers, released a few "rare red snapper", and several more sharks. While drifting we had 2 small Mahi's come inspect our pogies and join the ice box. On another drift our flat line gets hit and we find the nice 18LB Black Fin Tuna surprise! Another great day on the water....


  • gator97dwbgator97dwb Posts: 76 Greenhorn
    Very nice. Always love those surprises!
  • bluepitbluepit Posts: 10 Greenhorn
    Nice fish congrats
  • beachsideandybeachsideandy Posts: 923 Officer
    Hell yeah tasty man!! An oldtimer down the street told me years ago when there were a lot of shrimp boats right outta PC those blackfins were around in good numbers... Not so much now I guess.
  • Panfishangler1Panfishangler1 Posts: 885 Officer
    That looks so good!!! Gotta love the SEA!
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 20,197 AG
    Hell yeah tasty man!! An oldtimer down the street told me years ago when there were a lot of shrimp boats right outta PC those blackfins were around in good numbers... Not so much now I guess.

    It was Scallop draggers....when they cleaned up after pulling all night it was a free-for-all.
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  • BluewaterfeverBluewaterfever Posts: 447 Deckhand
    Nice, you gotta love the Blackfin suprise!
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  • beachsideandybeachsideandy Posts: 923 Officer
    duckmanJR wrote: »
    It was Scallop draggers....when they cleaned up after pulling all night it was a free-for-all.

    Ahhh... He probably said that and I just remembered "shrimp boats" for some reason. My memory sucks.
  • TheBugShackTheBugShack Posts: 98 Greenhorn
    Beautiful sushi presentation!

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  • AAnglerAAngler Posts: 340 Deckhand
  • SloughSlough S.w. Ga./ St. JamesPosts: 5,033 Admiral
    :beer way to get after them
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  • SnaphappySnaphappy Posts: 1,420 Officer
    Nice job! Hey whats the secret for slicing that seared tuna? I tried every knife I own including my fillet knife and couldn't cut it without it coming apart?
  • COOPER FINNCOOPER FINN Posts: 40 Deckhand
    You need a sharp knife for sure. I used a basic kitchen knife and the more rare it is the easier it is to slice clean.....It tasted just as good as any restaurant tuna I have had and I found some really good recipes on line.

    Blackfin Tuna Recipes
    A. I hope you bled'm out good while it was still alive and didn't bruise it to much throwin it on the deck.
    B. Be sure and cut away the dark red meat before you cook it...

    Hope you find one you will enjoy...

    1.Grilled Blackfin Tuna
    Get a hot cast iron skillet place two tablespoons of sesame seed oil and two tablespoons of sesame seed then add a touch of fresh garlic then sear the tuna. Ideal to have the middle still raw so watch the time on the sear.

    2. Pan Seared Blackfin Tuna
    soy sauce, lime juice, little squirt of sesamee oil, dash of garlic, dash of WASSSAAABIII and coat with black sesamee seeds, and pan sear or lightly grill on each side. Don't overcook.

    3. Blackened Blackfin Tuna
    1 tsp each of Garlic Powder
    Onion Powder
    Ground Thyme
    Ground Red Pepper
    Ground Black Pepper
    Ground White Pepper
    Plus one 1/2 Tblsp Salt (I also threw in some sesame seeds when I made this Friday night)
    Heat up an iron skillet til it is super hot. Coat Tuna fillets in blackening mixture. Throw a big piece of butter on the skillet (careful, it will catch on fire) Put fish in pan and cook on each side until blackened. The inside should still be plenty rare
    It will be good and spicy so serve with plenty cold

    4. Grilled Blackfin Tuna
    1/2 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup honey tsp of ginger. Marinate for 1 to 4 hrs, no longer. Roll in seasame seeds, grill for half minuet each side on very hot grill, slice in to thin strips. Even the kids who hate fish loved this. (also put a little lemon on it)

    5. White Bean, Fennel, and Blackfin Tuna Salad Home-made Blackfin Tuna salad is a treat for any meal. And because Tobago Wild Blackfin Tuna is virtually mercury free, you can enjoy eating tuna as often as you like. Here's our recipe for a fun version of tuna salad.
    3 1/2 cups cooked or canned cannellini or other white beans
    8 oz Blackfin Tuna, seared until medium well done
    6 T good olive oil
    Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
    2 cups finely chopped fennel bulb
    3 T minced fennel fronds
    1/4 c minced red onion or scallion
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Sear, Blackfin tuna that has been drizzled with a coating of a good olive oil, sea salt, if available, and freshly cracked pepper, on a very hot skillet, turning on all sides until the outside has browned and the inside is just barely cooked through. Keep the tuna on the lightly cooked side to retain all it's flavor.
    Drain beans in a colander, and rinse under cool running water. Transfer to a large, shallow serving bowl.
    Cut Blackfin Tuna into 1/2" sections and mix it with the beans. In a small bowl, add olive oil, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix the dressing with beans and Blackfin Tuna. Mix in minced fennel bulb, fronds, and onion. Season well with salt and pepper.
    Serve at room temperature on a bed of lettuce and freshly baked bread. Delicious enough to serve as a cook-ahead meal for guests. Or an appetizer for a dinner party.

    6. Blackfin Tuna Seared melts in your mouth with a quick searing to seal the salt and pepper into a crust on the outer 1/16th inch. Keep it raw, raw, raw in the center. Serve with wasabi and soy sauce, with mango salsa, on top of a green salad and your favorite salad dressing - anyway is a tuna treat that can't be beat. Or, make your own Blackfin Tuna Salad by searing the tuna a little bit longer (medium doneness) and enjoy tuna salad every day of the week.

    7. Blackfin Tuna Salad - Stuffed Tomatoes
    12 oz seared Blackfin Tuna, cooked to medium doneness. To cook Blackfin Tuna, rub tuna loin generously with a good olive oil, sea salt if available, and freshly ground green or black pepper. Heat a cast iron skillet or heavy metal pan until very hot. Do not oil the pan, too much oil detracts from the sublime flavors of wild caught Blackfin Tuna. Sear for about 3 minutes total, rolling on all sides until cooked to medium doneness. Do not overcook, as Blackfin Tuna is low in fat and will dry out from overcooking.
    1/4 c finely chopped red bell pepper
    2 to 3 tablespoons minced red onion
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 t capers, drained and minced (optional)
    1 T minced fresh cilantro leaves or basil leaves
    1 T good olive oil
    Juice of 1 lime
    1/4 cup mayonnaise
    1 T balsamic vinegar
    1/4 t Tabasco or to taste
    Sea salt and freshly ground green or black pepper, if available, to taste
    In a medium bowl, break up tuna into flakes. Add red bell pepper, red onion, garlic, capers, and cilantro or basil leaves; mix together. Blend in olive oil, lime juice, mayonnaise, balsamic vinegar, Tabasco, fresh sea salt if available, and freshly ground black or green pepper. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to let flavors blend.
    Fill large scooped out garden fresh tomatoes with the tuna mixture. Can be made ahead of time for a guest lunch. Serve with crusty freshly baked bread and iced tea for a summer treat.
    Makes 4 servings.

    8. Citrus Marinade for Blackfin Tuna (Serves 10)
    By Galen Zamora, Executive Chef for Mas (Catalan for "Little Farmhouse")
    New York City
    1 orange
    1 lemon
    1 lime
    1" peeled ginger
    1 whole shallots peeled
    1 clove garlic
    1 Tbsp Coriander seed
    1 cup balsamic vinegar
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    1 tsp hot pepper oil (infuse 2-3 scotch bonnet peppers sliced in 1 cup canola oil)
    2oz white wine
    Combine coriander seeds and wine in a small pot and simmer until au sec ("almost dry"). Zest the citrus into a bowl, no pith. Peel and segment the citrus, adding all juice and the segments to the zest. Slice the ginger, shallots and garlic thin and place in bowl with the citrus. Add the coriander seeds and any liquid, hot pepper oil, vinegar and soy sauce. Let everything marinate for about 24 hours. Strain and save the liquid.
    Serves tuna raw or seared for presentation (but raw in the center)

    9. Blackfin Tuna Crudo-when fresh
    (single serving)
    2 oz Blackfin Tuna
    2 Caperberries
    1 Tbsp Capers
    1 tsp Chopped Red Onions
    1 tsp Chopped Basil
    1 tsp Chopped Chives
    2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1 Tbsp White Balsamic Vinegar
    1 Tbsp Diced Tomatoes
    Sea Salt (to taste)
    Cracked Black Pepper (to taste)


    Slice tuna in thin slices and arrange on chilled plate.
    Season with sea salt and pepper
    In mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and check for seasoning.
    Drizzle on tuna and sprinkle with chives
    Serve immediately

    10. Another grilled Blackfin
    A 30lb blackfin should produce 4 nice quarters. I slice them diagonally at a 45 degree angle to produce larger 1" thick steaks.

    After spicing, I've cooked tuna the following ways:
    - Grilled, but make sure you put something on the grate to keep the meat from sticking. If you like it seared, cook 90 seconds on each side. Or if you want to cook it through, about 4 minutes on each side will do the trick. The taste changes quite a bit both ways.
    - Seared in a pan (easiest). A small/tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil (you don't want too much or the steaks come out oily), in a hot pan, along with spices mixed into the hot oil. Drop your steaks into the oil and sear them, or cook them through. Yummy.

    After you steak your quarters, you'll end up with these tail sections that are too small to steak up. Roll them in spices, sear them in the pan or grill, and then slice them up into small cookie-like slices. Feed these to your family/guests with soy sauce for dipping and maybe wasabi, if they like them that way. Other folks will roll them in sesame seeds. Usually I find it easier to eat the slices with chop sticks to keep them from sliding off your fork when you dip them in soy sauce.

    Now that all the recipe ideas are out of the way, and we're all now hungry from reading them.....
    When do we eat?
  • redfisheater1redfisheater1 Posts: 20 Greenhorn
    Ahhh... He probably said that and I just remembered "shrimp boats" for some reason. My memory sucks.

    Yeah rock shrimp and scallops. All caught with shrimp boats pulling nets.
  • walkerkbwalkerkb Posts: 174 Officer
    Okay, now I am drooling all over my keyboard and am ready to go Tuna fishing!!! Good job.
  • angler18angler18 Posts: 2,037 Captain
    nice surprise, about 8 years ago we used to hit the shrimp boats in the a.m. and do really well on the tuna after fighting through the bonita
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