Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna

Family: Scombridae Mackerels Tunas

Genus and Species: Thunnus albacores

Description:All tuna belong to the Sombridae family of mackerels. Also known as ahi tuna, yellowfin tuna are becoming a popular replacement for the severely depleted blue fin tuna. They tend to school with fishes of the same size, including other species of tuna, and larger fish. They have been known to swim with dolphins, porpoises, whales, and whale sharks. Like all tuna the yellowfin is a fast swimmer that can migrate thousands of miles in several weeks. Weights range from 20 to 100 lbs, but with some reaching 400 lbs. Yellow fin tuna are considered to be a more tropical species, only appearing in the summer months when the water gets warm.

Albacore Tuna

Albacore Tuna

Family: Scombridae Mackerels Tunas

Genus and Species: Thunnus alalunga

Description: The albacore tuna is the only tuna species which may be marketed as "white meat tuna" in the United States. All tuna belong to the Sombridae family of mackerels. Lengths range up to 55 inches with weights up to 132 pounds. They are smaller than most other tuna and have longer than average pectoral fins.

Bigeye Tuna

Bigeye Tuna

Family: Scombridae Mackerels Tunas

Genus and Species: Thunnus obesus

Description:The Bigeye tuna is an important food fish as well as a highly sought after recreational game fish. They are longer-lived than the closely related yellowfin tuna, having a life span of 10 to 12 years. Sizes can range from 23 to 93 inches in length with a maximum weight that could exceed 400 pounds.

Skipjack Tuna

Skipjack Tuna

Family: Scombridae (Mackerels and Tunas)

Genus and Species: Katsuwonus pelamis

Description:The Skipjack Tuna is a medium sized, fast-swimming fish that sticks to the pelagic, or upper range of the ocean. It grows up to 3.3 feet in length. They inhabit surface waters in large shoals (up to 50,000 fish), and feed on fish, crustaceans, cephalopods and mollusks.

New Jersey Tuna Fishing

New Jersey Tuna Fishing requires certain equipment, much of which will be supplied by the deep sea fishing boat that you are on. Although some suggest a 130lb class reel with unlimited class rods, most New Jersey deep-sea fishing boats opt for a 30lb rated 5-½ foot stand up rod. Most anglers agree that despite the large size of all species of tuna, many can be caught with tackle designed for 20-30 lb. test lines.

Tuna Fishing off of the New Jersey Shore is an extremely exciting way to spend an afternoon. New Jersey tuna fishing boats are outfitted with the latest equipment, gear and educated staff to make your deep sea fishing trip the adventure of a lifetime aboard the North Star.

Come on our New Jersey Party Boat, the North Star, for a Full Day Fishing Trip to catch Tuna.