Skipjack Tuna

SKIPJACK TUNA (Katsuwonus pelamis) OTHER NAMES: Oceanic Bonito, Arctic Bonito, Striped Tuna, Watermelon

RANGE: All Florida coasts, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

HABITAT: The deep sea.

DESCRIPTION: Horizontal stripes on lower half of body distinguishes it from others of its clan.

SIZE: Common at 2-10 pounds; often exceeds 15 pounds. World record 45 pounds, 4 ounces; Florida record 31 pounds, 8 ounces.

FOOD VALUE: Dark flesh; good but not to most tastes.

GAME QUALITIES: A terrific light-tackle battler.

TACKLE AND BAITS: Any kind of casting tackle, small jigs, plugs and flies. If trolling, small feathers and spoons are best. Tuna Combo Guide

FISHING SYSTEMS: Drifting; Trolling.

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