Yellowfin Tuna are found in pelagic waters of tropical and subtropical oceans around the world. Yellowfin Tuna is considered an excellent sport fish and is one of the larger of the Tuna species but still smaller than the largest of Tuna, the Bluefin Tuna.
Yellowfin Tuna are also called Yellow-finned Albacore, Pacific Long-Tailed Tuna and Allison’s Tuna, Allison Tuna, Yellowfin or Ahi.
HOW TO IDENTIFY TUNA, YELLOWFIN
They have a long torpedo-shaped body with dark metallic blue backs, yellow sides and they have a silver belly with vertical lines. You will know you have a Yellowtail Tuna by the extremely long anal and dorsal fins that are a bright yellow.
While Yellowfin Tuna can reach more than 200kg in other parts of the world, in Australia, fish over 100kg are considered extremely large and most fish caught are between 2-50kg. The pectoral fins are also longer than the related Bluefin Tuna.
WHERE TO CATCH TUNA, YELLOWFIN
Yellowfin Tuna is fished for recreationally off the coast of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. They can also be found in the brackish waters of estuaries. These recreational catches are managed by the state governments. You will need to know your limits and requirements when fishing for Yellowfin Tuna.
Yellowfin Tuna are highly migratory and travel long distances. They are a pelagic species that can be found to depths of 250m. Yellowfin Tuna tend to school by size, as well as with other Tuna species. Schools may also occur in association with floating objects. Juveniles form schools with Skipjack Tuna and juvenile Bigeye Tuna in shallow waters.
Yellowfin Tuna are continuously swimming over large distances and are generally found off the coast of Perth in Western Australia and all along the eastern coast of Australia.
HOW TO CATCH TUNA, YELLOWFIN
Yellowfin Tuna generally form schools for excellent fishing, however, the larger fish over 40kg normally travel alone. The best fishing for Yellowfin Tuna is found in the near coastal and offshore regions of New South Wales. They are best caught with trolling lures or fishing with live or dead baits. Set your boat at anchor or on the drift. Pilchards, Skipjack Tuna and Mackerel are commonly used by successful Yellowfin Tuna fishos. Berley works well when drifting.
Smaller Yellowfin Tuna are commonly caught on on cast and trolled lures. The best lures include plastic quids, slices, minnow lures and feathers.
Medium to large Yellowfin can be caught on lures depending on the location. Trolled live baits will encourage strikes from larger fish. Big Yellowfin Tuna will even take live baits weighing close to 5kg while feeding in a trail of bait chunks into berley. If you want a real challenge, put a hook into on of those chunks.