Little Tunny (False Albacore) (Euthynnus alletteratus)

Little Tunny (False Albacore)

  • Size 5 to 15lbs
  • Food Value Average
  • Game Qualities Average
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore

More commonly known as "false Albacore", Little Tunny is the most abundant Tuna in the Atlantic Ocean and one of the best saltwater small game fish species.

How big

Fish average around 30'' and between 5 and 15lbs, with the largest individual caught at 47'' and 36lbs.


Little Tunny can be found throughout the Atlantic Ocean - from Massachusetts to Brazil (including Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea) to the west and from the Bay of Biscay to South Africa (including the Mediterranean and Black Seas) to the east.

They spawn offshore and nearshore April through November everywhere except in the Mediterranean Sea, where spawning starts late spring and lasts through the summer.

How to catch

Little Tunny school in the thousands in blue water up to 500ft of depth, but can also be found feeding at the surface, with flocks of seabirds indicating their presence. They are caught by trolling or casting small whole or strip natural baits or various spoons, jigs, feathers and plugs. Flies also work well. Little Tunny make excellent bait for catching sharks and Marlin.

Good to eat?

Their flesh is dark and oily and is considered second rate, but is marketed and sold in some places.

Fish Species Similar to Little Tunny (False Albacore)

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