Blackfin Tuna

Blackfin tuna is the smallest tuna species in the Thunnus genus, generally growing to a maximum of 100 centimetres (39 in) in length and weighing 21 kg (46 lbs). Blackfin have oval shaped bodies, black backs with a slight yellow on the finlets, and have yellow on the sides of their body.

Blackfin are only found in the western Atlantic from Cape Cod to Brazil.
These tuna do not consume as much fish in their diet as other tunas, and will eat the tiny larvae of stomatopods (king shrimp or mantis shrimp), true shrimp, and crabs, as well as small fish. They do, of course, also eat juvenile and adult fish and squid. They are a short-lived, fast-growing species; a 5 year old fish would be considered old. They reach sexual maturity at two years old, and spawn in the open sea during the summer.

Blackfin tuna are a warmer-water fish, preferring water temperatures over 68°F (20°C). What they lack in size, they make up for in numbers and willingness to bite. There are scattered records of blackfin tuna occurring as far north as Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, but the usual range is from North Carolina to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Thunnus atlanticus
Environment:Offshore
Ideal Temp:>= 68°F (20°C)
Technique:Casting, Chunking, Fly, Jigging, Trolling
Lure Type:Flies, Jigs, Plugs, Spoons, Topwater, Trolling
World Record:22.39 kg (49 lb 6 oz) Marathon, Florida , USA
Other Names:blackfin, Bermuda tuna, blackfinned albacore, blackfin tuna

Latest Blackfin Tuna Fishing Reports and Spots

Tuna and dolphin - 10/16/2020 6:17:29 PM

Been a while since these dudes have fished with us but we are glad they are back! Caught a mess of Blackfin tunas and dolphin. Folks are gonna e (View)


Blackfin Tuna! - 10/27/2020 5:51:16 PM

friends from Virginia Beach on board today. We caught a mess of blackfins it was kind scrappy but we pounded on the marks and structure and pull (View)


Meat Slam - 11/6/2020 6:26:32 PM

crew today from Virginia in the BBQ bizness We caught a mixed grill of wahoo tuna and dolphin. Citation 42# wahoo and Citation 22 # Blackfin tun (View)


Offshore Venice: 2017 Off to a Great Start - 2/12/2017 3:35:40 PM

Offshore Venice — is off to a good start in 2017. We’re seeing monster yellowfin tuna plenty of blackfin tuna wahoo of great size and temps (wa (View)


What a Day - 2/13/2021 3:31:03 PM

With winds out of the north our plans for the day were to take a look offshore and then hit the edge in the afternoon. Our clients for the day (View)


Friday, February 12, 2021 - 2/12/2021 11:21:08 PM

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Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 4/14/2018 11:21:07 PM

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Friday, February 12, 2021 - 2/12/2021 11:21:07 PM

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