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Yellowfin Tuna?

Anyone see any other reports?  This one on a kite off WPB was posted a day ago.


  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,424 Captain
    Haven't heard a peep - but this is the right time for them as we move through winter into early spring... Years and years ago we called them Allison tuna.  Like to say the boats I worked on caught them - but when I was mating (early seventies) you rarely heard of any... 
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • catchemupcatchemup Posts: 444 Deckhand
     "Years and years ago we called them Allison tuna." 

    Bob I remember those days and that reference. You have no doubt that an Allison and yellowfin are 100 % the same species...years ago I had heard they were close but not exactly the same ?
  • CaptJCaptJ Posts: 1,405 Officer
    Stud fish on that little rod.
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 10,379 AG
    Allison and Yellowfin are the same species just a different name just like they call them Ahi in Hawaii. Typically though they called them Allisons when they developed the large sickle fins.

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 3,393 Captain
    It seems like the ones off Florida have bigger sickles than the ones in the Pacific.  I am surprised some conservationist has not tried to declare the Allison Tuna as a subspecies for purposes of banning the sport take of the fish off Florida.

      This one is much bigger, yet It's sickles are smaller -- taken out of San Diego back when I was a little younger.
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,424 Captain
    We should ask Waldnerr about whether we’re dealing with one species or two.  He really knows his stuff.
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • tankeredtankered Gainesvill, FlPosts: 1,088 Officer
    I caught one off NJ, about 80#, and it didn't have the really long fins either.
  • xeniaxenia Posts: 1,013 Officer
    Not sure if this helps at all, but in 1966 it would appear that Allison and Yellowfin were considered the same species with two common names.  My understanding has always been that they are the same.

  • catchemupcatchemup Posts: 444 Deckhand
    "in 1966 it would appear that Allison and Yellowfin were considered the same species with two common names. "

    Thanks Xenia...that's pretty compelling information and answers the question for me.
  • MangroveMarkMangroveMark Oak HillPosts: 450 Deckhand
    There is a handful caught every year from Stuart to Key West, usually a surprise by somebody live baiting for sailfish. Quite a few, along with bigeyes were caught by people trolling at night for swordfish off Broward and Dade before the fleet mostly switched to daytiming.
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