Yellowfin tuna caught in the Gulf of Mexico!
Capt. Shawn Hall specializes in Yellowfin tuna fishing charters from early April through August (prime Tuna season). World class charter fishing for Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, Slammer Dolphin and both Blue and White Marlin exists just two hours from the shores of Orange Beach, Alabama. Tuna , Marlin and Wahoo are also popular catches on our excursions into the Gulf.
Yellowfin Tuna are sometimes confused with Yellowtail due to the yellow-tinge both display on their forked tails. Yellowtails are actually Jacks (related to the Amberjack we find here on the east coast) whereas Yellowfins are a true Tuna species.
Situated on the East side of the Gulfstream, in deep seas as close as 60 miles, cold water eddies interact with warm Gulfstream water creating a fishing frenzy second to none. Plankton and bait gather in these eddies providing an endless food source for Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo and Marlin. When it is timed right this is an amazing sight seeing all the tuna frothing and jumping out of the water just yards from the boat. One good pass, 6 fish on, and the battle for dinner begins. Tuna are an extremely powerful fish testing any angler’s skills and strength but the end reward outweighs all the grunt work.
Fishing a Tuna charter from early April through August will give you the opportunity to limit out on Yellowfin Tunas. The average size of a Yellowfin at this time of year is around 40lbs with encounters of 100 plus pound fish common. Dolphin or Mahi-Mahi are a common by-catch to the Yellowfin Tuna and can often become a nuisance. These fish average 25lbs with 50lb fish making regular appearances in the fishing spread.