The Tuna family are a variety of fish that need no introduction to the travelling angler. These solid lumps of muscle will put a smile on anybody who is lucky enough to hook ones face, ranging in size from the smallest Alabacore Tuna which reaches only a few pounds all the way up to the monstrous Blue Fin Tuna.
These Blue Fin Tuna will test not only the strongest of tackle but also your own mental and physical strength. Of course it is not only the fight that makes the fish so highly sought after, Tuna are also a fine tasting meal and there is nothing nicer that freshly prepared sasheme
Also known as: Blue Fin, Yellow Fin, Albacore, Dogtooth, Big Eye
Scientific Name: Thunni
The tuna is a sleek and streamlined fish torpedo shaped fish which is adapted for speed. It has two closely spaced dorsal fins on its back, seven to ten yellow finlets also run from the dorsal fins to the tail. The tuna’s dorsal side is generally a metallic dark blue, while the ventral side, or underside, is silvery or whitish, for camouflage.
Average size for Tuna
Tuna can rang from just a few pounds in weight all the way up to the biggest specimens that can weight in excess of 1000lb in weight.
Where to catch Tuna
Tuna can be caught all over the world in the many oceans but there are certain places where you have a better chance of catching these fantastic fish. Places I would recommend to fish would be Mexico with destinations such as Palmas de cortez being a big draw to Big game anglers, Costa Rica where Crocodile Bay and Zacundo lodge will provide you with the chance to do battle with Tuna and Florida.
Heading around to Africa you can fish in the waters around South Africa where the Tuna grow big and powerful. For the huge monsters of the Tuna world I would suggest heading to places like Nova Scotia where you can do battle with some huge leviathans.
Fishing methods for Tuna
Big game fishing methods are normally the way forward when targeting Tuna, they often targeted by trolling big lures behind a Big game boat, teasers will draw the fish up getting them interested and encouraging them to hit the lures. Tuna will also hit baits like squid that are dropped into a feeding shoal behind the boat.
Another way to fish for tuna is to feed chum/rubby dubby/ fish behind the boat enticing the fish up to feed and then once feeding you can flick a fish bait in amongst them and watch as they smash the bait and run like a train.