The world record for the largest bluefin tuna caught was set in 1979 in Nova Scotia, Canada. The fish weighed 1,496 pounds, according to the International Game Fish Association. Dog-toothed tunas have a reputation for fighting, as they often run long and fast after a connection, followed by a battle to get them to the ship. Dog tooth tuna is also known as scaleless tuna, lizard-mouth tuna, albacore tuna, vau, atu, kidukidu or dadori.
The most recent catches of large bluefin tuna include one off the coast of Maine and another off the coast of Louisiana. While this tuna usually sinks during the day, you can lure it closer to the surface with the right lures. Southern bluefin tuna is sometimes referred to as Japanese Central Pacific bluefin tuna and is normally found on the southern and eastern coasts of Australia and New Zealand. Raz Reid holds a remarkable world record for fly-fishing in the 16-pound, 8-ounce tippet class, who caught a 101-pound, 8-ounce bluefin tuna on February 22, 1996 while fishing in Hatteras, North Carolina.
Fishermen use plumed jugs, spoons and lures, and they will also attract tuna with live and whole bait, from mullet and herring to sardines. There have been at least 10 seasons and, during all those years, the largest tuna ever caught by any of the participants in the series was a 1250-pound bluefin tuna off the coast of Cape Cod. Lanny Clark, from Brentwood, recently witnessed what could be the largest bluefin tuna ever caught off the coast of Florida. Royal Parsons captured the 1,030-pound New Jersey bluefin tuna record off the coast of Point Pleasant in 1981.Blackfin tuna is used to make sushi and can be eaten raw, but it is also used as bait to catch larger tuna.
Some tunas weighing more than 1,000 pounds have been recorded since this powerful catch, but none have surpassed the 1496 pound record. Long-tailed tuna, also called northern bluefin tuna or oriental bonito, is found in tropical and subtropical waters ranging from the central Pacific Ocean throughout Southeast Asia to the east of the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. Jim Roberson, IGFA representative in Destin, told Destin Log that there is currently no record of bluefin tuna in the state of Florida. This record refers to fish sometimes called Atlantic bluefin tuna, tuna or horse mackerel.
Bluefin tuna is a television star, which became famous thanks to series in which commercial captains follow fish as they travel through vast distribution areas in search of the right water temperature and their favorite species of forage fish.