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Old 04-12-2012, 01:41 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I make no claims to be a veteran fisherman, despite having the motivation. Still, though, I heard something yesterday that perked up my ears as potentially rare. Hopefully, I'm wrong, because this'll be awesome. My buddy checked the fishing at the Okaloosa Island pier yesterday and in the middle of the day the guy said they had pulled up one cobia and a few blackfin tuna. Are blackfin a common occurrence inshore on the panhandle? I live over in PC right now, but it'd seem to follow if they are here (Okaloosa) in pier fishing range, they may be over in PC, too. Anyone?

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They've been catching them out of yaks for a few weeks now.
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I caught one yesterday on a live threadfin about 1.5 miles from the beach, they are in close for sure
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So getting a pier tuna or a kayak within sight of the beach isn't unrealistic on a semi-normal basis? I mean, yearly?
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Would it be worth a trip to just target BFT? Probably not. Does it happen yearly, yes it does.

Heck last year at Navarre I saw a really nice ARS and there was a legal AJ hanging around the pier a few days too. I also saw a YFT cruising the bar at Pensacola Pier a few years back and I believe I read somewhere on here that a guy caught a YFT from the beach.
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I threw at a school of blackfins at Navarre last week and saw a bunch of schools exploding on ballyhoo. They are fairly common in the spring and fall near shore.
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You guys are great, thanks.
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Most likely Bonita but possibly !!
We caught 6 Bonita yesterday trolling close in
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Most likely Bonita but possibly !!
We caught 6 Bonita yesterday trolling close in
There has been bonita caught this week, but also at least 4 black fin tuna.
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Several years back we were catching sailfish in kayaks close to the Navarre pier
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