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Longtail Tuna

Longtail tuna are unique as they are one of the only species of tuna that are not highly migratory. Longtail tuna is distributed throughout subtropical and tropical waters from the Western Indian Ocean to the Western Pacific Ocean, between latitudes 47° N and 33° S.


Where do they go to breed?

Longtail tuna in the southern hemisphere mature at 50-60 cm FL and has a single long spawning period that extends between October and April.

In both hemispheres, longtail tuna produces between 768,000 and 1.9 million oocytes per spawning, which may occur daily if water temperatures remain between 24–28°C, being the optimal spawning temperature for most Thunnus species.


One key difference between longtail and other species is the method of capture. Longtail can be caught from the shoreline and inshore reefs, which makes them more easily accessible to recreational fishers who may not have the capacity to head offshore.

When fishing for longtail from the shore it is important that you have the tools needed such as an ike jime kit and a chill bag handy. It is also important that you maintain safety as these shorelines can often be dangerous so finding a safe spot to conduct the process is paramount.  


Whether you plan to retain or release a fish, it is important to consider how you handle it. Poor handling techniques can affect the welfare of the animal, reduce its chance of survival if released, and affect flesh quality if you plan to keep it to eat.


If possible, all handling should be done with the fish remaining in the water and water flowing over their gills.


Some things are just best served cold, revenge, beer and tuna. As fishers we need to be conscious when catching and dispatching tuna that their bodies continue to warm.

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