Tuna (Yellowfin)

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

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!

Tuna (Yellowfin)

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

Maldives Tuna (Yellowfin) Fishing Seasons

Seasonality

Tuna (Yellowfin) 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.

Fish Species Similar to Tuna (Yellowfin) in Maldives

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Tuna (Skipjack)

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What People Are Saying About Tuna (Yellowfin) Fishing in Maldives

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Pham Khanh Son fished with Alpha Royale @Dhebanveli Guesthouse on July 12, 2017

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