Garry's YFT on fly

Garry's YFT on fly

Garry's done a fair bit of freshwater fly fishing, but just starting with SW fly fishing. Not a bad tuna to hook into.


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is that really a yft?

Fri, 2010-05-14 14:49

is that really a yft?

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looks kinda longtailish,

Fri, 2010-05-14 15:40

looks kinda longtailish, good little fish on fly but.

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thats wat i thought, not my

Fri, 2010-05-14 15:44

thats wat i thought, not my place to say though

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It was a yellowfin. Pulled

Fri, 2010-05-14 16:59

It was a yellowfin. Pulled another bigger one from the same school.
Had the yellowfin dots and stripes on it's belly but the damn lense had a smudge so it hasn't come out well plus the fish moved during the shot (from the pic you can't really see them so hence why it looks a bit like a longtail). Looked exactly like mine but a little smaller.

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ahh cool! that explains

Fri, 2010-05-14 17:00

ahh cool! that explains

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not a YFT Matt, thought u

Thu, 2010-08-12 20:51

not a YFT Matt, thought u knew better? Tongue out

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Yeah, yeah, i know it looks

Thu, 2010-08-12 21:12

Yeah, yeah, i know it looks like a longtail. It is possible it is a longtail, however, it did have the characteristic yft dots stripes on belly (damn you camera smudge), and the body shape is more like a yft than a longtail. However, it could be that really small longtails have a slightly different shape, i'm no tuna expert.
Keep in mind, its a pretty poor photo for an ID though :p

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Lol. Trust me, you'll know a

Thu, 2010-08-12 21:16

Lol. Trust me, you'll know a YFT when you see one. The yellow in them stands out even in a black & white shot.

I noticed you got into some recently though. Noice.

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Yeah, I did call a SBT for a

Thu, 2010-08-12 21:22

Yeah, I did call a SBT for a YFT a while ago, but having actually seen a YFT, and caught quite a few this year, I know theres a bit of a difference :p.


Cause it was so small, the thing i was going with was the pattern of belly stripes. Not all YFT's i've caught have had the ultra-vivid yellow on them (though all have yellow) and my camera has a penchant for not showing yellow (even the turtle dove YFTs didnt come out as yellow as they were IRL).

The longtails have kinda dots on their bellys sometimes, but they run like this whereas the YFT's seem to have vertical stripes and dots. This fish had the latter, not the dots, so hence why calling it a YFT. Now, I dont know just how reliable the dot pattern is (when its showing of course) though. Being small, it could be that its much harder to distinguish?

 

Of course, there had to be a damn smudge on the lense where the belly is, and in the other shot the tuna had to move dammit.

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Taste

Thu, 2010-08-12 21:14

They all taste good thats for sure Laughing

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Nah, longtails suck. SBT,

Thu, 2010-08-12 21:15

Nah, longtails suck. SBT, YFT and bigeye are where its at :) (having had all three less than one hour out fo the water :p)

 

 

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I am with matt this time

Fri, 2010-08-13 08:16

Its a YFT more likely than a long tail IMO.

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I'm pretty sure it's not a

Fri, 2010-08-13 08:45

I'm pretty sure it's not a yellowfin. All the small YFT we've caught have yellow that's so vivid it's almost impossible to confuse the ID.

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Everytime i seem to take a

Fri, 2010-08-13 09:43

Everytime i seem to take a picture of a tuna, unless I use flash, the yellow is always washed out. The tuna we got at the Abrolhos/Turtle dove werent always neon yellow (though you could still see if you looked). E.g. the one here wasnt super yellow. The one in the above shots had about as yellow fins as the one I just linked (but didnt come up well). Though some yellow in fins doesnt mean a YFT, so hence why I went with the belly markings. It would be good to confirm how reliable this is (obviously its only reliable if they're visible, and like sambo splotches they arent always)

Also, the one in the above shot was only about 2-3kg so pretty small.

 

Just not sure what that tuna could be if it wasnt a yellowfin, because the belly markings (again, damn smudge) were not like a longtail, they were like a YFT. It might not be a YFT, but if not, i'm not sure what it was. Either juvenile longtails have different belly markings than adults, or its not a YFT, but another species? (nothern bluefin, bigeye, something else?)

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Its a Tuna

Fri, 2010-08-13 09:52

Lets all get on with it I think and any tuna on fly is great fun.

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Yeah, they're all fun

Fri, 2010-08-13 10:06

Yeah, they're all fun regardless Cool. Though, I like learning about the differences so I can ID them properly, so a bit of discussion is good Laughing

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Matt, agreed, any tuna on a

Fri, 2010-08-13 10:41

Matt, agreed, any tuna on a fly is good.

 

Check the length of the pecs.