Albacore Tuna Fishing
Albacore Tuna; Like a cartoon torpedo with long fins and huge eyes, the most exotic fish an angler can catch
The albacore belong to the tuna and mackerel family Scientific classification: The Albacore is classified as Thunnus alalunga. Albacore is a very popular fish, important to both the sport and commercial fisheries, valued for their flavor; they are eaten fresh, frozen, or canned. Excellent Baked, Broiled or Grilled.
Schools of albacore inhabit the west coast seasonally between the middle of June through the end of October. Their normal range during this time is from Cedros Island, Baja California, to Oregon. The remainder of the year they spend migrating to Japan and returning to California. Best time to catch tuna is typically late July through September when warm currents move within 20-40 miles of shore. Once you've found the thermoclines you want to target the warm side and troll your lures in that temperature range as this is where albacore will most often be. They seem to prefer warm water and spend much of their time following it around the coastline and the world in general. Therefore Oregon is one of the best locations to fish for Albacore tuna. The Albacore’s sleekly built, are perfectly adapted for life as high-seas predators capable of hunting down speedy prey, such as sardines, anchovies, and squid. Albacore will usually feed on what is the easiest food to obtain at the time.
Albacore tuna fishing has got to be the most exciting of all the fisheries. When fish are coming on, the action will be the experience of a life time and one you will never forget! The best method is with a pole trolling a jig at speeds of 6 to 9 knots. Albacore will strike the jig at speeds up to 50 mph. When someone gets a hook up, the captain will continue to troll for about 10 seconds for multiple hook ups then bring the boat to a slow trolling speed so the fish can be bought in. If you are fishing on a party boat it is quite common that by chumming with live bait the school can be induced to surface. Try getting a bait or jig down about 60’. The bigger fish will be on the bottom of the school and you may wind up with an opah or bigeye tuna taking the bait. The Albacore will range in size from small at 9-12 pounds to large weighing from 30 to35 pounds. There is no limit on tuna but fishing license required.
If a good fight is what you're looking for, then Albacore fishing is for you! Albacore don't give up easily. They are highly evolved hunting machines. There is a reason why this species is at the top of the food chain-they are fast, strong, tenacious, and deadly killers. They will give you an intense tug-of-war that you won't soon forget.