Blackfin Tuna Fishing Areas in Georgia

Blackfin Tuna Fishing Areas in Georgia
Blackfin tuna are smaller cousins of the larger yellowfin tuna. The yellowfin is where most canned tuna comes from, and they weigh up to 300 pounds. The blackfin--named because it has a black fin--usually weighs about 30 pounds and is a great fighter. These fish are usually caught off the Georgia coast near dark or even at night. Blackfin like to stay near the surface and can be caught with light tackle. The major areas off the Georgia coast for blackfin are the Savannah area and the Golden Isle area of New Brunswick.

Golden Isles Charter Fishing

The people at Golden Isles Charters say the fishing off St. Simons Island, Georgia, is one of the best kept secrets of offshore fishing. There are not a lot of people fishing there, but the fish--particularly blackfin tuna--are plentiful there. This is out in the Gulf Stream off the Georgia coast.

Sailfish and Marlin also caught are here, but it is the fighting fish, such as the blackfin tuna, that produces the most excitement among fishermen.

The company has three boats available for half-day and full-day trips. It has all the fishing tackle you need, and it also provides the license. The peak seasons are March through July and October and November.

Golden Isles Charter Fishing
104 Marina Drive
St Simons Island, GA 31522

Miss Judy Charters

Miss Judy Charters has been fishing off Type Island, in the Savannah area, since 1956, and it has no intention of slowing down. Its charters offer half-day and full-day trips. It provides all the tackle you need and the license, so all you have to do is show up and concentrate on fishing.

There is the potential for blackfin tuna April through November. It takes about 2 hours to get to the Gulf Stream, where the fish like to eat. The trips are 14 to 16 hours and leave the docks as early as 2 a.m.

Another area fished is called the Savannah Banks, which are natural and artificial reefs, and it takes about 2 hours to get to this fishing grounds. These trips leave at 6:30 a.m., and you might catch blackfin tuna on this outing

Tides and the phase of the moon have a drastic effect on fishing, and they might influence times set for charters to leave the docks.

Miss Judy the Charter Boat
124 Palmetto Drive
Savannah, GA 31410

Coastal Island Charter Fishing

As the weather gets warmer, the Gulf Stream heats up, and the blackfin tuna start biting. The Coastal Island Charter Fishing Company will take the 2-hour trip, about 70 miles, into the Gulf Stream for some great spring or summertime fishing.

Its boats hold up to 10 people, so with a small group the guides are able to give a lot of attention to everyone, and they are willing to teach the novice as well as coach the experienced angler.

Fishing tackle and license are provided. Meals and drinks also are provided.

Coastal Island Charter Fishing
111 Peachtree St.
St Simons Island, GA 31522

Tybee Island Bait and Tackle

Tybee Island Bait and Tackle is a store for the brave angler who wants to fish from the beach. It is harder to catch fish from the beach because it is harder to see what is going on out in the water.

Georgia beaches slope gradually, so the water is usually shallow for several hundred feet out, and there are few fish. Look for the edges of islands or troughs, where the water is deeper, where the fish are. You might land a blackfin tuna now and then off Tybee Island.

Tybee Island Bait and Tackle
4F Old Highway 80
Tybee Island, GA 31328

Article Written By James Jordan

James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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