Yellowfin Tuna

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Yellowfin Tuna

(Thunnus albacares)

Panama Yellowfin tuna action is some of the best yellowfin fishing in the world.  North Western Panama is called  “Tuna coast” since in mid February massive schools of yellowfin tuna start migrating through the Gulf of Chiriqui. 

Panama yellowfin tuna is among the larger tuna species, reaching weights over 400 lb, the dorsal and anal fin and tails are bright yellow, giving this fish its common name. They feed on spawning  squid, baitfish and sardines.

Panama yellowfin tuna fishing seriously kicks off around mid March as the Tuna appear around Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa , while early June the YellowFin season officially peaks. An incredible experience is watching the washing machine action as the Tuna’s wildly feed on bait balls they have pushed to the surface. Panama tuna fishing action can last thru mid August, so there is a good window to experience one of the most exciting fights!

Fishing Yellowfin Tuna

Catching a Tuna relies heavily on the skill of the skipper. Boat handling when approaching boiling Tuna is critical and often misunderstood. Panama Nautical Club uses a number of different methods when fishing tuna in Panama.

Depending on the feeding conditions each method will provide excellent results:

  1. Live bait rigged to skip and swim, typically we rig Bonita or blue runners for trolling Tuna.
  2. Top water casting with stick bait is very successful when the Tuna are boiling on the surface.
  3. Chumming the water with frozen sardines is a great method to bring the tuna to the surface.
  4. Jigging can also be highly successful for yellowfin with a artificial lure.

Live bait is rigged on arrival and slow trolled in hoping to gaining interest.  Dolphin are a real nuisance for the crew when hunting tuna as they attack and kill the baits.

Fighting a large Panama Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin tuna is a highly prized catch in the Sport. Many say “pound for pound” Panama Yellowfin Tuna is one of the most challenging catches. Consider booking a vessel with a fighting chair if you are serious about landing a large 350 lb cow tuna. Our Captains at Panama Nautical Club are all very experienced and passionate about their fishing. If you are planning a Panama Tuna Fishing Trip and need some advice please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you want to talk Panama Tuna Fishing, we can do that all day.

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