Skipjack Tuna

The skipjack tuna, Katsuwonus pelamis, is a medium-sized perciform fish in the tuna family, Scombridae. It is otherwise known as the aku, arctic bonito, mushmouth, oceanic bonito, striped tuna, or victor fish. It grows up to 1 m (3 ft) in length. It is a cosmopolitan pelagic fish found in tropical and warm-temperate waters. It is a very important species for fisheries.

It is a streamlined, fast-swimming pelagic fish, common in tropical waters throughout the world, where it inhabits surface waters in large shoals (up to 50,000 fish), feeding on fish, crustaceans, cephalopods, and molluscs. It is an important prey species for large pelagic fishes and sharks. It has no scales, except on the lateral line and the corselet (a band of large, thick scales forming a circle around the body behind the head). It commonly reaches fork lengths up to 80 cm (31 in) and a weight of 8–10 kg (18–22 lb). Its maximum fork length is 108 cm (43 in) and maximum weight is 34.5 kg (76 lb). Ageing skipjack tuna is difficult, and the estimates of its potential lifespan range between 8 and 12 years.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Katsuwonus pelamis
Environment:Offshore
Ideal Temp:66-84°F (19-29°C)
Technique:Casting, Chunking, Fly, Jigging, Trolling
Lure Type:Flies, Jigs, Plugs, Spoons, Topwater, Trolling
World Record:20.54 kg (45 lb 4 oz) Flathead Bank, Baja California, Mexico
Other Names:skipjack, mushmouth, oceanic bonito, striped tuna, victor fish, arctic bonito

Latest Skipjack Tuna Fishing Reports and Spots

A rare catch at Quobba to blue groper in the South West there's plenty to read in Recfishwest's first State-wide Fishing Report 15 January of 2021 🎣 - 1/15/2021 1:45:00 AM

96 Recfishwest Newsletter View this email in your browser Recfishwest Fishing Report 15/01/21 The smile says it all! Vijay Haran made the most (View)


April 11th 2020 – Deep Water Bottom Fishing - 11/8/2020 12:01:32 AM

We threaded the needle on the forecast Saturday and headed deep. We trolled out to 650 feet but that only yielded a barracuda assault and one s (View)


Pretty day and a meat haul - 10/9/2020 1:56:05 AM

Reedville boys on the boat today and it was a pretty one. glassy slick calm on the ride out. Caught Yellowfin blackfin and skipjack tuna today a (View)


Sailfish Tuna Dolphin and Wahoo - 9/19/2020 8:36:09 AM

Mike and Tracey both caught and released Sailfish today for a NC Saltwater Citation! Also caught a mess of dolphin wahoo and a skipjack tuna. na (View)


Sailfish tuna and dolphin - 9/10/2020 1:36:13 AM

Went to the deep no bites on the high speeds. found a float caught some dolphins. caught a single sailfish a little while later got hit by the t (View)


Yellowfin And Mahi with the Vinnie Molnar Family - 8/21/2020 1:07:01 AM

Had longtime customer Vinnie out with Son Vince And Grandsons Rory And Mahi Mike. Started out the Morning with a slow kick going 3-5 decided to (View)


Z Fish Report (3/5/20) - 3/5/2020 10:16:23 AM

John Stephenson got this blue marlin on the flyrod fishing with Cheva and Alejandro on the panga Dos Hermanos II Offshore (average) surface wat (View)


Z Fish Report (12/19/19) - 12/19/2019 4:30:52 PM

Dominique Messeri and her husband  Jean Pierre  from France have been fishing so  many years with Adolfo her deckhand Adolfo Jr. was in diapers (View)


Z Fish Report (12/12/19) - 12/12/2019 9:40:53 AM

Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos picked up several roosters and jack crevalle for his French clients this week Offshore (average) surface water (View)


8/29: Andreas Toy Fishing the MMRTC Tuna Tournament - 11/30/2019 6:16:36 PM

Trip report from 8/29: Had buddies Adam Darren Mat Jeremy and Garret Join me for the tourney. Went out in bouncy conditions got to our destinat (View)