Blackfin Tuna

Species Information

Scientific Name:Thunnus atlanticus
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, black fin

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.

Latest Blackfin Tuna Fishing Reports and Spots

Week of 5/15 - 5/20/2022 11:29:16 AM

Body:  We've seen catches of Dolphin continue to hold strong for offshore boats many of them bringing in nice gaffers. There have also been Bla (View)

Dolphin Tuna and a shot at a Blue Marlin - 5/21/2022 6:32:15 PM

Pretty day today for our crew from Virginia and a couple of guys from Wildcat Propellor where we get our wheel work done. some weedlines produce (View)

Blackfin Yellowfin Tuna and Dolphin - 5/17/2022 8:38:00 PM


Yellowfin & Blackfin Tuna. - 5/20/2022 7:56:00 PM


weekend Fishing Outlook (5/20-5/22/2022) - 5/19/2022 6:27:39 PM

OFFSHORE- Good reports offshore this week with a good mixed bag variety of action! Dolphin reports remain strong with lots of good fish coming i (View)

Tranquil Tuesday - 5/17/2022 9:53:00 PM

Waters were slick calm today! Another day another empty creek -- fishing slowed a bit offshore compared to the last few days but they still got (View)

5/14/22 - 5/14/2022 8:11:00 AM

Body:  Great catches continued on Saturday! Inshore boats had some large Red Drum releases and brought in plenty of puppy Drum. A couple of Spe (View)

Sunday/Monday Mahi Madness + Photo Dump - 5/16/2022 10:36:00 PM

We've had an empty creek the last couple days and it hasn't been for nothing! Tons of mahi made its way back to our docks along with good handf (View)

Back On The Water - 5/13/2022 10:23:31 PM

Man oh man are we happy to be fishing again. This past weeks gale has really thrown everyone in a loop! A little rocky out there but 11 of our (View)

Trifecta! - 5/9/2022 6:31:47 PM

It’s a great thing to see a Blackfin Dolphin and a King in the hands of fishermen! The spring has definitely improved the fishing on the Lady K. (View)