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Yellow Fin Tuna

Most Aruba fishing trips are done off the southwest coast of Aruba, where the water is calmer.
The yellowfin tuna are one of the many fishes that Natasha Sport Fishing Charters baits for, off the coast of Aruba.

There are concentrated spots of baitfish close to the shoreline of Aruba and other island groups in the Caribbean. When water temperature and clarity is suitable and food is abundant, yellow fin tuna venture closer the shoreline. The yellow fin tuna, like the other fishes baited by us, bite all year around.

The period in which the yellowfin tuna activity in Aruba is at its peak is during “Winter” and the beginning of “Spring” (November through March).

Yellowfin tuna prey include other fish, crustaceans, and squid.

Yellowfins are able to escape most predators, because unlike most fish, tuna are warm-blooded, and their warm muscles make them extremely strong swimmers, with yellowfin tuna reaching “speeds of up to 50 miles per hour”.

The yellowfin tuna is among the larger tuna species, reaching weights of over 180 kg (400 lb), but is significantly smaller than the Atlantic and Pacific bluefin tunas, which can reach over 450 kg (990 lb), and slightly smaller than the bigeye tuna and the southern bluefin tuna.

The second dorsal fin and the anal fin, as well as the finlets between those fins and the tail, are bright yellow, giving this fish its common name. The second dorsal and anal fins can be very long in mature specimens, reaching almost as far back as the tail and giving the appearance of sickles or scimitars. The pectoral fins are also longer than the related bluefin tuna, but not as long as those of the albacore. The main body is a very dark metallic blue, changing to silver on the belly, which has about 20 vertical lines.

Reported sizes in the literature have ranged as high as 2.4 m (94 in) in length and 200 kg (440 lb) in weight. The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) record for this species stands at 176 kg (388 lb)for a fish caught in 1977 near San Benedicto Island in the Pacific waters of Mexico. In 2010, a 184-kg yellowfin was caught off the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, 2.2-metre (87 in) long with a girth of 1.5 m (59 in). The catch is still pending verification by the IGFA.[citation needed]. In 2012, a fisherman in Baja California caught a 193-kg yellowfin. If the catch is confirmed by the IGFA, the fisherman will receive a prize of $1 million.[3]

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