A much sought after species by many big game anglers, the Yellowfin Tuna. This beautiful powerhouse of a fish is normally classed as one of the hardest fighting of the Tuna species that anglers will find on the seas. The Yellowfin Tuna can grow to sizes over 350lb and is a very hard fighting species. Targeting this fish on lighter than normal tackle will give you a fight like no other. The Yellowfin Tuna tries its hardest to evade capture. The Yellowfin Tuna is also sought after for its amazing tasting meat that can be eaten raw straight from the sea as Sashimi.
Also known as: Yellowfin
Scientific Name: Thunnus Albacares
The Yellowfin Tuna is an amazing fish to catch especially when using light tackle, these fish hit hard and are solid lumps of muscle. The second dorsal fin of the yellowfin Tuna and the anal fin are bright yellow, giving this fish its common name. The main body of the Yellowfin Tuna is a very dark metallic blue which changes to silver on the belly which has about 20 vertical lines.
Reaching sizes of up to 400lb in weight, the amazing Yellowfin Tuna have an average size of around 20lb.
Where to catch
Moving across the oceans year after year, the Yellowfin Tuna are hard fighting fish. They are found in such places as Costa Rica, Mexico and South Africa. Where anglers targeting them can have fast and furious action once a shoal is located.
A superb species to target, the Yellowfin Tuna needs to be fished for with either bait or by trolling lures. This is done by fishing off a boat as the water these fish inhabit is normally a long way offshore and deep. You will normally find the boats looking for pods of Dolphins as once these pods are found the Yellowfin are normally not very far behind. The fishing is mainly done with smaller lures that are trolled behind the boat, another method that works very well is to fish squid strips on a weighted rig whilst chumming smaller chunks around it.