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Fish Profiles

Albacore

Description:

The albacore is also known as the Longfin Tuna. However it is distinguishable from other tunas and members of the mackerel family by its long strap-like pectoral fins, which extends beyond the second dorsal fin. Another characteristic which makes the Albacore distinct, from yellow fin and big-eye tunas, is the white edge on the tail. The body of the albacore is dark metallic iridescent blue to almost black above, changing through a lighter blue on the side gradually fading to a creamy white on the belly. The fins are dark with a yellow tinge and the trailing edge of the tail is white. Often a light blue line runs along the middle of the body.

Size:

Although it can grow in excess of 40kg, most Albacores captured are more around the 2 – 15kg range

Where:

This particular type of fish is caught all year round, but supplies vary depending on species and area. Albacore are deep ocean fish which prefer water temps between 14° to 18°.

How:

Mainly using live and dead bait, with lures ( casting and retrieving technique )and through trolling methods.