Yellowfin fishing

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Yellowfin Tuna make up the bulk of San Diego Sportfish. The counts on this Tuna are much higher than Bluefin, Yellowtail, or Dorado. This migrational fish is present in our waters from about July through October, but they have been known to make surprise appearances.

Weighing in at an average of 25 to 45 lbs, with some specimens getting much larger, they can put up a fight you will not soon forget. Amazing acceleration and long runs on your drag are commonplace when fighting this Southern California favorite.

Yellowfin, also known as Ahi Tuna, are the most prolific pelagic sportfish in San Diego and Mexican waters, and will fill the bag of many angler over the hot summer months of Southern California. This species often feeds very close to the surface and so is easily found and able to be targeted by topwater techniques. Like other Tuna fish, the Yellowfin are also warm-blooded, which allows for agility and speed, and are one of the strongest fighters in the line up. They are often found schooling with other types of similar sized Tuna, as well as swimming alongside dolphins, porpoises, and whales. The most colorful of all Tuna fish, adults sometimes also have distinct sickle shaped yellow fins, making them easily identifiable.

Yellowfin, also known as Ahi Tuna, are the most prolific pelagic sportfish in San Diego and Mexican waters, and will fill the bag of many angler over the hot summer months of Southern California. This species often feeds very close to the surface and so is easily found and able to be targeted by topwater techniques.

The one that didn't get away.

Nice fish bro!

2 for 1 special.

That is a fat one!

Yellowfin are mostly caught by trolling baits or lures or, since they're often found topwater (if not, chumming will get them there), by sight casting or kite fishing. Rapallas, Top water jigs, the veneral cedar plug, and feathered trollers are the most popular choices. Recently the advent and popularity of Kite Fishing and Balloon fishing have shown great promise, and increase catch efficiency. On the Free Line rig; Anchovies and sardines will work for smaller fish, mackerel for larger ones.


The largest Yellowfin can be found on the Pacific coast of Mexico, San Diego, CA and the Baja Mexico peninsula. Yellowfin come closer to shore when the water temperature increases, so summertime is your best bet. July, August, September are the best!

If you are lucky enough to catch a few, ask one of our captains to make you some Yellowfin Sashimi on the way home. Of all of the Tuna species, many people prefer the meat of this fish above all others.

Like other Tuna fish, the Yellowfin are also warm-blooded, which allows for agility and speed, and are one of the strongest fighters in the line up. They are often found schooling with other types of similar sized Tuna, as well as swimming alongside dolphins, porpoises, and whales.

The most colorful of all Tuna fish, adults sometimes also have distinct sickle shaped yellow fins, making them easily identifable.


Another happy customer.

A beautiful catch.

Too many to count.

The gang is all here.

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