Difference between a Yellowtail and a Yellowfin Tuna
Yellowtail off Pacific West Coast are commonly confuses with Yellowfin Tuna. The main difference between the two fish is the California Yellowtail is a Jack and a cousin to the Amber Jack on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico and the Yellowfin Tuna is a Tuna with a similar fork yellowtail probobly where the confusion occurs.
The Yellowfin Tuna is just one of many tuna's targeted from San
Diego based sport boats. Bluefin, Big Eye, Albacore and Skipjack
are all species of tuna in the same family as the Yellowfin (locally
called "Ahi" in Hawaii) targeted from late Spring to Fall with
best action usually from July to Sept. Large Yellowfin Tuna 200+lbs
are referred to as "Cows" by the long range community and are
usually caught as far north as Magdelena "Mag" Bay off the Baja
Coast between Fall and Spring.
The 2014 Yellowtail season is still charging along now into December witht he occasional slow-doen during rain runoff when the water dirties. With sea temps. over 100 miles offshore at Cortes Bank still reporting mid 60's, the bite at the Coronado Islands should continue well into Winter as the bigger homeguard size fish are now being caught in deeper water , many caught using the yo-yo techinique with iron jigs like Salas and Tady. - Rob -
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