Skipjack Tuna

Skipjack Tuna

  • Peak Season: May-August
  • Best Charter: Full Day Offshore
  • Best Technique: Trolling
  • Best Bait: Feathers
  • Table Fare: Decent if bled

How to Catch Skipjack Tuna

Skipjack roam the open gulfstream in large schools constantly searching for food. During deep sea fishing charters, guests are encouraged to watch for working birds because they are often on skipjack or dolphin. Skipjack Tuna don't grow much larger than 20lbs, but when one eats a bait you'll know immediately. We consider these tuna one of the fastest for their weight class. Skipjack make incredibly long initial runs after eating baits. Double Threat Fishing Charters catches most of their skipjack while trolling offshore of Miami with pink feathers and swimming ballyhoo. Skipjack tuna can be spooky so letting baits further back behind the boat is important. Equally important is avoiding the school. Proper procedure is to circle around them and allow the baits to cross through the middle of the action (not the boat). Skipjack can be leader shy as well, so 60-80lb monofilament is the heaviest we like to go (other fish can eat these offerings so we prefer not to use lighter leader). Shimano TLD 15s, 20s, and 25s are light enough to enjoy the fight but heavy enough to get the fish boat side in an acceptable amount of time. A Skipjack hitting at full throttle is not something you'll soon forget.

Skipjack Tuna Fishing Miami