Skipjack Tuna

Skipjack Tuna

In addition to being an esteemed light tackle species, the skipjack tuna has great commercial value.


Region
Northeast, West, South
Catch Ease
Medium
Habitat
Ocean

How to identify a Skipjack Tuna

The presence of stripes on the belly and the absence of markings on the back are sufficient to distinguish the skipjack tuna from all similar species. The lower flanks and belly are silvery with 4-6 prominent, dark, longitudinal stripes running from just behind the corselet back towards the tail, ending when they come into contact with the lateral line. Though some other species do have stripes on the belly, they have markings on the back as well, and these stripes located on the back remain prominent even after death.

Where to catch Skipjack Tuna

The skipjack tuna is a cosmopolitan species that can be found in tropical and subtropical seas, usually in deep coastal and oceanic waters. It is common throughout the tropical Atlantic, south to Argentina and may range as far north as Cape Cod, Massachusetts in the summer months. Skipjack tuna are a schooling, pelagic, migratory, deep water species. In the western Atlantic, skipjack tuna frequently school with blackfin tuna and in the Pacific and Indian Oceans they often school with yellowfin tuna. The common name Arctic bonito, which is sometimes applied to the skipjack, is a misnomer. The fish does not range into Arctic waters and is not a bonito, but a tuna. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish:

how to catch Skipjack Tuna

The skipjack tuna is a very social species and a very fast swimmer. It feeds near the surface, sometimes forming schools composed of 50,000 or more individuals. It will strike trolled strip baits, feathers, spoons, plugs, or small whole baits. Some are taken by casting, jigging or live bait fishing offshore. The following are fishing methods used to catch this fish:

Skipjack Tuna lures, tackle & bait

The following are lures, tackle or bait that can be used to catch this fish:

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