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Yellowfin Tuna

Megalops atlanticus

 

Description: Distinguishing the Yellowfin Tuna from the Blackfin or Bigeye is sometimes difficult as many visual features are similar. Finlets of the Yellowfin are yellow, trimmed in black and gold stripe along side. Light underside always shows spots and/or wavy lines. Second dorsal and anal fins of very large individuals are elongated and lunate--a feature not found on any other Tuna


Similar Fish: mackerel


Where found: OFFSHORE of all Florida coasts


Size: common 10 to 50 lbs.


*Florida Record: 230 lbs.


Remarks: May strike a surface bait in spectacular, greyhounding fashion, but seldom jumps after being hooked. Wild fight is characterized by several sizzling runs, usually at or near the surface. One of the fastest of all game fish.

 

* The Florida records quoted are from the Department of Environmental Protection's printed publication, Fishing Lines and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are provided as only as a benchmark.

 

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