Hi Silverfly,So I finally had a slow night when I could do important stuff like research bluefin tuna migration patterns in the north Pacific. Found some newer studies that shed some light on the resurgence of BFT in Southern Cal, and what we're starting to see of our coast.
Also stumbled on some useful tidbits on albacore, including this NOAA page on albacore prey selection relative to the PDO cycle off the OR/WA coast. We are currently in a mild negative cycle which should correlate towards anchovy, vs krill in positive PDO years. So stock your boxes accordingly,... Although I wouldn't have guessed that rockfish are a primary prey item for albacore (file that under WTF). One personal data point supporting this info was remembering albacore puking up massive amounts of really big (like 2") krill back in 2014.
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Always love real diet data. If the albacore are feeding on amphipods (i.e., prey smaller than 1/4" typically), those fish might be feeding on larval rockfish, especially for the deeper, offshore rockfish such as Sebastolobus altivelis (longspine thornyhead). The adults of this species are found on the benthos between 500ft. and 5000 ft. The diet data indicate taxa but not life stage.