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April 24, 2009

5 Can't-Miss Blackfin Tips

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

5. Keep One on the Line: Like dolphin, blackfin will follow a hooked fish, so keep one on the line and in the water until someone hooks another one. By doing so, you keep the feeding tuna beneath your boat while having to expend very little chum, enabling you to keep targeting them even after you've drifted far away from the anchored shrimp boat where you started. And in a center-console boat, you can move to the bow, away from the chumming activity at the stern, leading the hooked blackfin away from the school of bonito and hopefully drawing the other blackfin with it. And while you're catching all those tuna, keep an eye out for cobia; they love trash too, and it's common to have a huge fish appear from beneath your boat, usually at the worst possible time. By being ready, you increase your chances of adding a fat cobia to the tuna in your fish box.

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