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3 Types Of Tuna That You Can Catch During An Offshore Fishing Trip

by Amanda Phillips

If you've never been offshore fishing before, you're probably wondering what type of tuna you'll be able to catch during your trip. Tuna are found in all of the world's ocean except the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans. Following are the three main types caught during deep sea fishing expeditions.

Bluefin Tuna

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, bluefin tuna is a relative newcomer to the world culinary stage. Native to the Atlantic Ocean, it used to be caught strictly for fun by sports fishermen or used in the creation of cat food by commercial manufacturers. However, bluefin tuna has apparently become the Cinderella of the seafood industry and is now the most valuable fish in the world! Although bluefin tuna stocks are decreasing in numbers due to the demand for sushi, it's still fished for sport off the coast of Massachusetts.

Seafood connoisseurs are hoping that aquaculture ventures will increase to the point where they will meet the demand for sushi. Until then, bluefin tuna stocks may continue to dwindle -- all the more reason to savor every morsel if you're lucky enough to catch one.

Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin tuna is a type of warm water fish that can be found in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans and is fished for sport by vacationers as well as locals in the state of Hawaii. Unlike bluefin tuna, yellowfin populations are strong.

When not served in sushi, yellowfin tuna is also served grilled, steamed, or broiled, and is often served seared in hot oil and left raw in the middle. You may see it on restaurant menus as "Ahi." Yellowfin tuna are popular among sports fishermen because of the fight they put up, as well as their excellent taste and texture.

Albacore Tuna

Albacore tuna is found in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans as well as in the Mediterranean Sea. Many people are only familiar with it as a canned product found in the aisle of their local supermarket, but albacore tuna is also good when it's grilled. It has a lighter flavor than yellowfin or bluefin, and is rarely, if ever, used for sushi. The Washington, Oregon, and California coasts are popular places to fish for albacore tuna, with California catching the majority of the albacore sports catch.

As you can see, the type of tuna you'll be able to catch when deep sea fishing will depend on where you're going. There are several lesser types of tuna as well, so be sure to ask your guide what's available in the waters where you'll be fishing.