For many anglers, visiting Hawaii and going ahi tuna fishing is a must-do experience. Fishing for ahi tuna is no easy feat—it can actually be pretty exhausting—but catching one of these beautiful fish off the gorgeous coast of Hawaii is a dream.
Of course, you don’t want to just hop in a boat without understanding the ahi tuna and the best ways you can catch it. If you’re planning to go tuna fishing in Hawaii this year, make sure you educate yourself on your desired fish so you’re prepared.
Here’s what you need to know about the ahi tuna.
About the ahi tuna
Ahi tuna is a popular type of fish found in the waters around Hawaii. It’s also known as the yellowfin tuna, thanks to its appearance. The fish has bright yellow fins, making it very easy to distinguish from other types of fish.
The average weight of the ahi tuna is 125 pounds—it’s no small fry! However, they can grow larger—even around two times the average size.
Ahi tuna travel in large schools of fish and tend to follow porpoises, so you’ll most likely find them in deeper waters.
Anglers in Hawaii often seek to catch ahi tuna because they are not only beautiful to look at, but taste delicious. It tastes somewhat sweet and can be baked or grilled into a wide variety of dishes, as well as incorporated into sushi.
They are also in abundance, not only around Hawaii, but also around the globe. However, this does not mean they are easy to catch.
Catching strategies for ahi tuna
The best time of year to catch ahi tuna is from May to September. June, July and August are peak seasons for ahi tuna fishing throughout the Hawaiian Islands, so you’ll have better luck if you’re vacationing in Hawaii this summer.
When selecting bait, know that the best bait for tuna fishing in Hawaii is usually sardines, anchovies or mackerel. Mackerel is typically the best choice when trying to catch larger ahi tuna.
Ahi tuna tend to feed near the surface of the water, so topwater bait and lures can be used to catch them, if necessary. However, they spend the majority of their time underwater, out of sight. Using chum can help keep many tuna fish near the boat to increase your chances of hooking and catching one.
Once you hook an ahi tuna, you’d better be prepared. While the ahi tuna tends not to jump when hooked, the fish will likely start to turn sideways very quickly and swim in large circles trying to get away. Reeling in an ahi tuna takes a lot of patience, persistence and effort, especially since they can be so big.
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