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Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna are found globally, highly migratory and a popular fish for recreational anglers for their incredible tasting meat and game fishing qualities.

In the Pacific Ocean, the yellowfin range of distribution has been generally reported to stretch from 40°N to 40°S, with the northward spread of the species being slightly more pronounced in the western than in the eastern Pacific.


Where do they go to breed?

Yellowfin reach spawning maturity at 2 years of age and spawn in both tropical and subtropical waters all year round, but most frequently in the summer months.

Interestingly, spawning occurs during the night and a single female can produce 0.2-8 million eggs per spawning event.


One of the main considerations when catching yellowfin is that they are predominantly caught in warmer water temperatures than other tuna species such as Southern Bluefin and Albacore. This makes keeping the fish cool more critical to either ensure it a better chance of survival upon release or quality meat on your plate.


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.

Remember the water may be warm, so efficiency is key

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