Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna

Thunnus thynnus

Life History

Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: large pelagic species with a torpedo-shaped body that is nearly circular in cross-section. Coloration is dark blue-black on the back, and white on the lower sides and belly. Colorless transverse lines, alternating with rows of colorless spots on the lower sides, are present on live fish. The first dorsal fin is yellow or bluish; the second reddish-brown; the anal fin and finlets dusky yellow and edged with black; the median caudal keel is black in adults.

Size: Small schooling fish all the way to 500 pound giants

Age at Maturity: Around 4-5 years

Range: Entire Atlantic Coast from Newfoundland to South Florida and Bermuda

Habitat: Deep sea to closer to shore in Northern US and Canada

Angling Information

Bait and Tackle: Large, swimming baits such as Mullet or Mackerel, or offshore trawling lures. Cut bait can also be used in combination with feathers. The sporting tackle with 80-130 pound test works best.

Fishing Method: Trolling by sight if possible

Food Value: Very good cooked or as sushi

State Regulation

Daily Limit: Federal Regulations Apply

Minimum size: Federal Regulations Apply

Season: All Year

Federal Regulation

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