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Old 07-13-2006, 04:26 AM
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Which do you prefer Albies or SBFT?

What do you prefer catching Albies or SBFT? I have caught an Albie but not a SBFT and have seen the First Light video. Seems as if the SBFT do more sounding than running and of course are bigger. But , the Albie seem to give you a better run which would be more exciting. Any thoughts? FishHawk
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Whichever one prefers to run back at the boat on a given day....so I can test out the new Danielson's 8 twelve's ability to take up slack fast
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Old 07-13-2006, 07:18 AM
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From experience (Albies, Yellowfin, Skipjack) over deep water they all end up deep under the boat after the initial blistering run.

I like Albies when they come within reach of shore because its a shallower water fight and they go like bonefish on steroids. They can be fought fair and fast provided you have a good drag on the reel and apply enough pressure to just avoid breaking the tippet. I've not had a Bluefin Tuna yet but the fight of a Tuna seems to be dictated more by environment than by genetics.

I'd be interested in other folks observations. Ahi or Bluefin, pound for pound; are they the same or does one tend to outgun the other?
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Old 07-13-2006, 07:44 AM
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I've been fortunate enough to have had BF, albies, and Bonito caught in the exact same location.
For me BF have the best fight in shallow water..... rooster tailing the line on the first runs. Dogged at boatside.
The Bonito is easily the most beautiful fish.... hence the name.
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What do you prefer catching Albies or SBFT? I
They fight about the same, so for me its SBFT all the way since they tend to be bigger.
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Old 07-13-2006, 07:57 AM
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SBFT all the way. Even the big Harkers albies aren't in the same league when it's time for the vertical slug-fest. They will both take a ton of backing though.
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To me the bluefin are more graceful in the water so they get my vote for the pure aesthetics. They seem to come in and out of the water like an olympic diver trying to score some points with the judges. Of course once you hook them all bets are off and its time to put the wood to 'em.

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I`ll vote for the Albies strictly because of thier availability inshore, allthough I have got my angeling category permit. When I was a shore fisher, I allways said, If I just had a little boat I could get over there. So I got a little boat. Then I looked out and said If I had a bigger boat I could get out there. So I got a bigger boat. Now while I race around all over southern NE I look farther out and think If I only had a 24` I could go past that island and get the really big boys.Where does it end? Last year Basser and I spent a full day over Albies, had numerous shots and caught a bunch of fish and only used 2 gallons of gas.
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Steve hopefully you won't have to go out much farther than the west gap in a couple of weeks. Keep your fingers crossed guys!

We actually had a shot at some of those bigger fish in CCB a couple of weeks ago. They were porpoising around the boat and were in the 50+Lb class. When I saw the size of them I started wondering if casting into them was such a good idea
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Last year Basser and I spent a full day over Albies, had numerous shots and caught a bunch of fish and only used 2 gallons of gas.
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And a very god sub shop walking distance from the ramp I always prefer to fish close to good food... it is a lifetime quest
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10lb. Skipjack = 25lb. BFT (minus a few death circles) = 3 10lb. FA's
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SBFT hands down,14wt rod and a Pate Marlin are my tools of choice
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10lb. Skipjack = 25lb. BFT (minus a few death circles) = 3 10lb. FA's
Definitely on my short list this year!
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10lb. Skipjack = 25lb. BFT (minus a few death circles) = 3 10lb. FA's
That might explain why the 15lber (Skipjack) I got from a kayak in Baja decimated my 12wt
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Skippies, oft overlooked and not always available are the REAL deal. # for # the fastest and toughest I've tangled w/. They are also the most finicky inshore pelagic.
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