Yellowfin Tuna

The yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)or (ahi) is a very popular sport fish. It is prized for it speed and strength when fought on rod and reel, as well as for its table qualities.

It is found in open waters of tropical and subtropical seas worldwide. It can weigh up to 200 kg (440 lb) and ithas been reported to be up to 239 cm (94 inches) in length.

Yellowfin like to swim in schools of the same size, including other species of tuna. Larger fish are often seen with dolphins, porpoises, whales and whale sharks. Their diet consists of other fish, crustaceans, and squid.

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A beautiful and colourful tuna. Blue to steel black above, silver to silvery gold on the flanks, silvery white below. The yellowfin's fins are bright yellow. The finlets, in particular are canary yellow with black margins.

They are found close inshore, in clean warm currents, but are more common on the Continental Shelf areas. They prefer clean water with water temperatures of 17-27ºC. They rarely venture into dirty, discoloured areas.

Yellowfin feed both on the surface, and well down in the water column.

Small yellowfin (2-12kg) will take trolled and cast lures, small live baits and sometimes freely drifted pilchards or cut flesh strips. Larger yellowfin take small and medium live baits, up to and including live frigate mackerel, bonito and striped tuna weighing as much as 5kg plus.

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