Yellowfin tuna are epipelagic fish that inhabit the mixed surface layer of the ocean above the thermocline. These tuna are a really popular sport fish due to their speed and strength when caught on rod and reel. Some anglers will attest that they are the fastest and strongest of all big game tunas.
Like all tuna they pull hard for their size. When you get them near the boat they turn sideways and swim in large circles making it a long process to get them in the boat. It’s virtually impossible to horse the larger ones in quickly no matter what tackle you are using.
Yellowfin Tuna can be caught with bait and lures and many techniques will work. These tuna often feed near the surface so topwater techniques can be used. Like all tuna they have really good eyesight and fluorocarbon leaders can be used to reduce tackle visibility. This also has the added bonus of abrasion resistance. For trolling, you can try plastic skirted trolling lures, deep diving and medium diving lures all work well. We suggest anglers replace treble hooks with single or double hooks as they are less likely to bend or shake them off.