they are other places besides the floaters. shrimp boats in 200 ft of water or deeper can hold them. they are caught on the troll along the east breaks and by those that follow the drop offs with trolling gear. we have caught them while jigging for black fins on shallower water rigs but it is rare and not something that happens every trip....rick
You might find them trolling the hilltops or other areas just off the shelf, but the floaters are your best shot. Rick is right they catch them off the shrimp boats down south, especially in the fall. Unfortunately, catching YF in shallow water is a more rare occcurance rather than a common one.
You never know about YFs. The biggest one I caught in the Gulf was in late July. I was about 2 miles inside Southern off Port A. It was a 165 pounder. It hit a ballyhoo that was rigged on piano wire with no weight. We were drifting at the time eating lunch. So much for the theory of using florcarbon leaders. It was about 11 am. I remember we went back the next day with 80W's and hooked up 2 more that went 157 and 155. We were drifting those prerigged calcutta bally's. I also caught a 75 pounder at the double yellow rig in September. That rig is only 18 miles off the Port A jetties. I was drifting with a ribbonfish that time.
Hey this 150lb was caught 22 miles of SPI in 120' of water from the a head boat the Offsprey, they where fishing around shrimp boats they hooked three but only brought up one, the fall is the best time for tuna around here just work the shrimp boats