Blackfin Tuna

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: A great many kinds of fish are protected by conservation laws that may include licenses, daily bag limits, possession limits, minimum and maximum size limits, permitting and other legal requirements. Many different jurisdictions and agencies are involved in managing the fisheries—at least a half-dozen in Florida alone, to say nothing of other countries—and their regulations sometimes conflict.

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Blackfin Tuna

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SIZE: Common from 2 to 20 pounds; exceeds 40 pounds. World and Florida records 49 pounds, 6 ounces.

FOOD VALUE: Excellent.

GAME QUALITIES: Pound-for-pound, among the best.

TACKLE AND BAITS: Light classes of ocean tackle, plus spinning and baitcasting outfits. For trolling, choose small offshore lures, feathers, spoons, small rigged baits such as Ballyhoo and strips. Deep-diving plugs are also good. Blackfins also can be chummed with live Pilchards or similar small baitfish, and fished for with the same bait, or by casting. Best hard lures are white jigs, tied with bucktail or feathers to provide a larger profile. Flies should be similarly tied—to imi- tate size and color of the live chum.

FISHING SYSTEMS: Trolling; Drifting; Still Fishing.


Bermuda Tuna


RANGE: All Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.

HABITAT: The open sea.