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April 24, 2009

5 Can't-Miss Blackfin Tips

Gulf of Mexico shrimp boats provide hot blackfin tunaaction each spring.

Here are five tips to help avoid less-desirable species and catch more blackfin in this unique and fascinating fishery.

1. Fish the Edge: When you get the fish chummed up around your boat, you want to target blackfin and not bonito, so fish your baits around the edge of the schooling fish, not in the middle of them. "Keep your baits away from the mass of fish so you can see what's coming," Capt. "RT" Trosset advises. If you see a bonito coming for the bait, move it and wait for the blackfin. The bonito are more likely to eat baits fished closer to them, but the blackfin seem more willing to move out to the edge of the school to take a bait.