Fishing for Skipjack Tuna

skipjack tuna

Skipjack tuna are one of several small pelagic fish that are caught in the Mid Atlantic. Their horizontal stripes below the lateral line distinguish them from Atlantic bonita and false albacore. They are often caught together with small bluefin, yellowfin, or other tunas. Skipjack tuna are usually caught using small spoons, cedar plugs, feather jigs or other lures. Deep running spoons rigged behind planers are especially effective. Skipjacks are often found around a wrecks, hills, weed lines, buoys, and other structure.

Skipjack tuna can be very exciting when anglers encounter large skipjack (10 pounds or more). Most often, anglers catch smaller fish from 15 miles off the beach out to the canyon edges.

Skipjack tuna make excellent shark bait, strip baits and good table fare when they are large enough.