The bluefin fishery differs greatly from tropical yellowfin tactics. Hatteras, Cape Cod, Stellwagen Bank and Prince Edward Island are just a few of the many traditional bluefin tuna grounds. Most fishing tactics include drifting, anchoring or fishing behind draggers with chum. Catching 200- to 600-pound bluefin on light tackle is often aided by relatively shallow water (less than 200 feet deep) and short runs to the fishing grounds at some locations. Contrast that with the 100-mile-plus journeys out of ports in the Gulf of Mexico to locations with more than 1,000 feet of water. The rewards are great, however, with cow yellowfin tuna, wahoo, blackfin tuna, blue marlin, dorados and other pelagics found in good numbers. June to August is a peak period; however, Richard Herbst, of Houston, got on the 85-foot party boat Scat Cat in Port Aransas in February 2013, in between cold fronts, and caught a 105-pound yellowfin on a popper. Typical charters, from center-consoles to party boats, run 30- to 56-hour trips to the “floaters,” or deepwater oil rigs. Herbst’s charter fished the Perdido rig at a 9,000-foot depth, the deepest in the world. Venice, Galveston and Freeport are also good ports to pursue pelagics.