Big Yellowfin Tuna

Fishing for Yellowfin Tuna on your Panama Sports fishing trip will be the highlight of your year!

When it comes to a true game fish, the Yellowfin tuna doesn’t disappoint. Its body shape is the reason for its speed and endurance. It has a colorful torpedo shaped body.  Metallic blue body, a silver belly and golden stripes on its sides, make this a colorful fish.  Yellowfin tuna are found throughout the world in tropical and subtropical waters, including;

  • Pacific Ocean
  • Indian ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean

Panama Yellowfin Tuna
These mighty fish can grow to a whopping 880 pounds, and 110 inches. However, you may catch one that is anywhere from 10 pounds to 300 pounds, depending on its age.  They are known to form schools with other tuna, including Skipjacks, and big eye tuna. They are even known to form school with dolphins and other fish similar in size.   You can find them near:

  • Driftwood
  • Sea grass
  • Dead marine mammals

Yellowfin tuna diet consists of:

  • Anchovies
  • Sardines
  • Fish
  • Lantern fish
  • Crustaceans
  • Frigate Mackerel
  • Skipjack tuna

Yellowfin Tuna Panama
Yellowfin Tuna are here, in abundance. And what’s incredible is; Panama has largely shut down commercial harvesting while we still have so many Yellowfin tuna left. Since our President outlawed tuna seiners in Panama waters over three years ago, many more Yellowfin tuna are showing up on the Hannibal Bank, Isla Montousa and off Isla Jicaron & Coiba. Long lining tuna in the Hannibal Bank region was stopped over two years ago. More fish and the yellow fin tuna are remaining here for longer periods than in the past twenty years I’ve been paying attention. If big Yellowfin tuna is what you are after, I’ll steer you right to them and offer you a variety of ways to capture yours.

December brings in some 300-pound fish schooled up on the Hannibal Bank, but you wouldn’t know it till you hook one up. Later, usually beginning in late February, vast schools of spotted dolphin enter our area, they arrive with great schools of Yellowfin, feeding symbiotically. The spotted dolphin/tuna aggregations remain here into May and we can reliably find them. After that, isolated schools of 50-300-pound fish remain, circling around over reliable spots through the summer months. No birds, I find them on the sounder, up current and off the structure.


Fighting a Yellowfin tuna on your sports fishing trip in Panama is pure fun!

If you wanted a great fight on your sports fishing trip in Panama, the Yellowfin tuna doesn’t disappoint. They have superior speed and endurance. They are built for bursts, not long runs. You can use this to your advantage. Once hooked, the Yellowfin tuna will have a strong hold, but eventually will tire out. Once it tires out, it will start swimming counter clockwise. This is where you can use all of your strength and reel him in, but don’t forget it won’t’ be as easy as it sounds! Big live bait gets the big ones. Casting top water plugs for violent attacks and hook-ups are a scream and get fish mostly in the 50-100-pound range. Trolling lures gets smaller fish. Cedar plugs are almost guaranteed to bring you multiple hook-ups of 10-30-pound fish!


Did you know?

A one year old Yellowfin tuna weighs 8 – 10 lb. Two year olds are about 35 lb. Three about 75. A four-year-old averages 130. They live up to eight years. They can swim up to 50 mph. In 2012, a 405-lb. fish broke the 33-year world record of 388 lb. Migratory patterns have shown distances traveled from the US Pacific Coast to Japan

On your next sports fishing trip in Panama, you will be delighted to discover Yellowfin tuna in:

  • Hannibal Bank
  • Isla Montousa
  • Isla Jicaron
  • Coiba

Your next sports fishing trip in Panama will be a great adventure with us!

Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and general sport fishing trip dates to Isla Coiba in Panama tend to fill up quickly each year.  Contact us NOW to book your trip of a lifetime with Marlin Panama! We have so many fishing opportunities available. You are assured of having a fantastic sport fishing adventure in this beautifully exotic and remote part of Central America.  Don’t wait, call now to help assure yourself of getting the dates you want!  We supply everything you will needs as far as food, drink, bait and tackle are concerned. We are very knowledgeable in fishing this area and have been doing so for decades. Join us soon! You will be glad you did!

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