Zealand Tuna Fishing
In the Bay of Islands the
most common tuna found is the Yellow-fin Tuna, although
Blue-fin Tuna are caught occasionally. The Yellow-fin
tuna can grow to 70kg and reach a length of 2 metres
although the average fish caught in the Bay of Islands
is around 20kg.
Many New Zealand fishermen regard Tuna as the most
challenging and exciting fish to catch. The tuna is an
extremely fast and strong swimmer When a yellow-fin tuna
is hooked, the strike is always hard and fast with the
tuna swimming quite a distance away from the boat at a
great speed. They are extremely strong fighters which
challenge both the fisherman and his gear.
Unlike most fish, the tuna has a higher body temperature
than that of the water it swims in, it also has an
extremely small stomach for its size. The tuna is locked
in a cycle where it has to eat a massive amount of food
to use as energy, to allow it to swim fast to catch that
food, this means that tuna will eat nearly any bait fish
it comes across such as pilchards, squid or mackerel.
Although tuna can be caught with either bait or lures,
in the Bay of Islands and indeed throughout New Zealand
Tuna is mainly caught with by trolling with bait-fish.
you are planning a New Zealand fishing holiday in the
Bay of Islands and need our advice on the best times to
come, where to stay or any other local information
please don't hesitate to contact us. If you want to talk
fishing, we can do that all day.