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Skipjack Tuna

For many years skipjack also known as striped tuna have been deemed as a great bait, but they’re just as tasty on a plate when they’re taken care of. Smaller in size than other tunas, these fish are usually found in large schools and in both offshore and inshore waters.


Where do they go to breed?

They spawn throughout the year in tropical waters, and during summer and early autumn in subtropical waters. In tropical waters females spawn almost daily.


The old saying that preparation prevents poor performance could not be more true when it comes to ensuring the fish will be either great quality on your plate or a better chance of release.


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.

As these fish are naturally smaller in size than larger tuna small cord can be used in place of wire for the pithing process.

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