Maldives Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Charters

Maldives Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Charters

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Best Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Charters in Maldives

Yellowfin Tuna Fishing in Maldives

Yellowfin Tuna
  • Size 15 to 150lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

(Thunnus albacares)

Maldives Tuna fishing has captured the attention of anglers and environmentalists the world over. With astonishing numbers of massive Yellowfin Tuna in these waters and a year-round supply of Skipjack and Dogtooth Tuna, it’s no wonder why these fish are vital to the local economy. For recreational anglers, tons of Tuna means you can pretty much always count on good sport from these fish.

However, the Tuna themselves are only part of the reason for all the hype. Recently, the traditional Maldivian method of pole and line fishing for Tuna has gained international esteem. Why? Well, not only is this method productive (imagine scores of fishing practically flying onto the boat), but it’s one of the most sustainable methods practiced by commercial fishermen. In response to all the interest from visiting anglers and journalists, some Maldives fishing charters have started offering recreational pole-and-line Tuna trips. If you’re in the market for a hands-on fishing experience and a chance to do it like the locals, you’re in luck.

What Makes Maldives Tuna Fishing Special

The traditional pole and line method is unique by commercial fishing standards. In many cases, commercial fishing boats use large nets to scoop up hordes of fish from the sea, including dolphins, sea turtles, and other fish that have become endangered because of these techniques. By contrast, anglers who rely on pole and line fishing are able to target Tuna one-by-one, leaving other creatures unharmed in the process.The result is a healthy and abundant fishery that puts many sport fishing destinations to shame.

Commercial fishermen in the Maldives use 10-15’ bamboo poles to target Tuna. These poles are fitted with a fishing line, a barbless hook, and a feather. For every fisherman there is one pole and one hook, which means every member of the crew is limited to hooking a single fish at a time. The crew lures Tuna to the surface with live bait such as Mackerel and Triggerfish caught early in the morning. Once the Tuna are within sight, they cast their lines. Juvenile fish are returned to the sea, while the rest are brought to canneries and restaurants.

Tuna Fishing for Fun

Though more captains have started to offer pole and line fishing for visitors who interested in trying this technique, trolling is the most common way to fish for Tuna on recreational charters.You can also target Yellowfin Tuna by fly fishing, jigging, and popping with heavy tackle near offshore reefs.

Yellowfin Tuna swim through the Maldives throughout much of the year, with a peak season from August through March. You can catch Skipjack and Dogtooth Tuna year-round.

For Tuna fishing fanatics, it doesn’t get much better than the Maldives—where you can experience this tradition the way it’s been for centuries!

Maldives Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Yellowfin Tuna fishing in Maldives varies slightly throughout the year. High season is January to February and October to November. Low season is April to July. There is no closed season.
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Maldives: 69 fishing charters available
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Malé
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400
Ukulhas
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trips from $600
Gaafaru
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trips from $260
Guraidhoo
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trips from $1,598

What anglers said about Yellowfin Tuna Fishing in Maldives

Je conseillerais de pêcher avec un capitaine qui a de expérience comme shivax ??
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Je conseillerais de pêcher avec un capitaine qui a de expérience comme shivax ??
Johann  V.
Johann V.
I would recommend to bring with you some of the equipment as an addon to the trip although usually equipment will be available on the boat but bringing some good poppers and jigs and some other equipment would be added advantage. For big game, head on directly deep waters which around an hour away from Male
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I would recommend to bring with you some of the equipment as an addon to the trip although usually equipment will be available on the boat but bringing some good poppers and jigs and some other equipment would be added advantage. For big game, head on directly deep waters which around an hour away from Male
Zakaria  E.
Zakaria E. Doha, DA
Stick bait for gt no so big Blue for jigging recommended by the captain About 100lb shock leader
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stick bait for gt no so big Blue for jigging recommended by the captain About 100lb shock leader
Zainal  M.  A.
Zainal M. A. Maldives
If you are a first-timer, then consider yourself in the safest and best hands. Moosa's patient nature makes him one hell of a teacher/guide. If it's your nth time fishing, then you're still with the best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are a first-timer, then consider yourself in the safest and best hands. Moosa's patient nature makes him one hell of a teacher/guide. If it's your nth time fishing, then you're still with the best.
Apoorva  M.
Apoorva M. Banjara Hills, TG
Fragen Sie nach Moosa. Er ist geduldig und es hilft, wenn Sie etwas Neues lernen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fragen Sie nach Moosa. Er ist geduldig und es hilft, wenn Sie etwas Neues lernen.
Deeksha  M.
Deeksha M. Banjara Hills, TG
The best time for Fishing i Male is from Jan to March, and try to stay near Vaavu Fulidhoo, a lot of wahoo and Sailfish to be found in the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The best time for Fishing i Male is from Jan to March, and try to stay near Vaavu Fulidhoo, a lot of wahoo and Sailfish to be found in the area.
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FishingBooker Member Copenhagen, Capital Region
Do your research and booking well in advance and make sure the captain knows what kind of fish and fishing you are aiming for.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your research and booking well in advance and make sure the captain knows what kind of fish and fishing you are aiming for.
Arto  M.
Arto M. Singapore, 01
Go for your target species early In the morning, as this seems to be the time when the fish are feeding the most, and therefore you get the most action! After about 11am, the sun rises and tides change, so the fish are less active. You don't need to book a full 8 hour day, as in my experience we spent 4 hours catching nothing. If you want to catch marlin, insist on the crew using live bait to increase your chances.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go for your target species early In the morning, as this seems to be the time when the fish are feeding the most, and therefore you get the most action! After about 11am, the sun rises and tides change, so the fish are less active. You don't need to book a full 8 hour day, as in my experience we spent 4 hours catching nothing. If you want to catch marlin, insist on the crew using live bait to increase your chances.
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FishingBooker Member London, England
Возьмите с собой защиту на плечи и шею, что-то типа куфия (арабский платок), чтоб не обгореть.(кроме зашитного крема UFP 70)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Возьмите с собой защиту на плечи и шею, что-то типа куфия (арабский платок), чтоб не обгореть.(кроме зашитного крема UFP 70)
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FishingBooker Member Uzbekistan
The area is heavily fished, so allow enough time for a full day, or overnight, excursion to get out further away from the heavily fished areas.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The area is heavily fished, so allow enough time for a full day, or overnight, excursion to get out further away from the heavily fished areas.
Brian  B.
Brian B. Bangkok, Bangkok
Stay on an island within reasonable distance by boat from Malé town, in order to have access to a variety of fishing grounds. Consider calling Izzy Didi first.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Stay on an island within reasonable distance by boat from Malé town, in order to have access to a variety of fishing grounds. Consider calling Izzy Didi first.
Nck  B.
Nck B. France
One of the best places for fishing in the world for GT. Get your fishing guide to take you to the remote atolls and you'll have the time of your life.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
One of the best places for fishing in the world for GT. Get your fishing guide to take you to the remote atolls and you'll have the time of your life.
Vukan  S.
Vukan S.

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