Little Tunny

The little tunny (Euthynnus alletteratus) is the most common tuna in the Atlantic Ocean. It is found in warm temperate and tropical waters of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean; in the western Atlantic, it ranges from Brazil to the New England states. Occurring in large schools and weighing up to 30 pounds, it is the smallest member of the tuna Scombridae family. Little tunny average 10-12 pounds, but are not rare over
20 pounds.


Found in tropical and subtropical waters on both sides of the Atlantic , including the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico, the little tunny often forms large, elliptical schools which cover up to 2 miles on the long axis. Adult little tunny school according to size with other scombrid species at depths ranging from 3-490 feet (1-150m). However, during certain times of the year the schools break apart with individuals scattering throughout the habitat. Juveniles form compact schools offshore. 

Individuals of the species rarely live over 5 years. Females may lay upto 1.8 million eggs when they reach a length of 31 inches or 14 pounds. The spawning season is throughout most of the year except December. Little tunny feed mostly on small crustaceans, squid and small fishes.


Flocks of diving seabirds are often indicative of the presence of a school of little tunny, which may consist of many thousands of individuals. Because this species feeds on small pelagic fishes near the surface, any school feeding action tends to attract and excite birds. Fishing methods include trolling or casting from boats using small whole baits, strip baits, or small lures such as spoons, plugs, jigs, and feathers. A few little tunny may be caught from shore. The dark flesh is esteemed by some and disdained by others


Species Information

Scientific Name:Euthynnus alletteratus
Environment:Inshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Surf
Ideal Temp:64-86ºF (18-30ºC)
Technique:Casting, Chunking, Fly, Jigging, Trolling
Lure Type:Flies, Jigs, Plugs, Spoons, Topwater, Trolling
World Record:35 pounds, 2 ounces
Other Names:Blue Abacore, little tunny, fat albert, Spotted Bonito, false albacore, false albie

Latest Little Tunny Fishing Reports and Spots

Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind - 3/7/2021 2:31:27 PM

The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) is an offshore wind energy project located about 43 km (27 mi) off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virg (View)


- 8/11/2011 5:42:00 PM

Whew hot is not the word.  Fishing is great as long as you are not out in the midday heat.  Night fishing for Snook has been excellent especial (View)


Inshore and Offshore fishing continues to be good - 11/3/2020 3:32:06 PM

August 21 2020 Hello Anglers RL2 fishing the last day of the MA500 today. Inshore fishing with mahi blues bonito little tunny’s Spanish and kin (View)


Sept 5- North Wind and Horrible Fishing - 9/12/2020 5:36:09 PM

 Still breaking in the Big Duck 5. It would be nice to get some blood splattered on the damn deck. We were successful in catching bait though. (View)


Feb 7 2019 - 2/7/2019 5:51:18 PM

For clients who want a lot of action the last month has been terrific. King Mackerel and Little Tunny are everywhere and have provided constant (View)


3 - REMOVED - 6/10/2017 8:24:33 PM

3 (24150) is a gas/oil platform built by Talos ERT LLC and installed on 01/01/1993. The structure was removed on 06/24/2020 and verified as clea (View)


April 15 2017 - 4/15/2017 11:01:29 PM

Sail fishing has improved dramatically over the course of the last several weeks. A spring migration of Sailfish is typical in April so we are (View)


E-Auxiliary - REMOVED - 2/9/2017 9:45:41 PM

E-Auxiliary (24161) is a gas/oil platform built by Talos ERT LLC and installed on 08/14/2011. The structure was removed on 05/15/2019. Smaller (View)


A-Aux. - 2/9/2017 9:41:29 PM

A-Aux. (257) is a gas/oil platform built by Fieldwood Energy Offshore LLC and installed on 01/01/2005. A-Aux. is considered a minor platform tha (View)


AA East - 2/9/2017 9:39:13 PM

AA East (20478) is a gas/oil platform built by Whitney Oil & Gas, LLC and installed on 01/01/1960. AA East is considered a minor platform that s (View)