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Skipjack Tuna

Duane Raver, Jr.
Open Year-Round

All Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) not retained must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival, without removing the fish from the water.

*Special permit required - All private vessel owners/operators recreationally fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) for personal use in the Atlantic Ocean must obtain an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling Permit. Further limits and restrictions apply.

Consult or call toll free (888) 872-8862 for specific information and permits.
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Generally an oceanic species, Skipjack Tuna have a tendency to school, often under drifting objects.

They feed primarily on small fishes, shrimps, and squids.
General Description
Skipjack Tuna have a streamlined body that is mostly without scales.

Their backs are dark purple-blue and their lower sides and bellies are silver with 4 to 6 dark bands (stripes).
Did You Know?
Skipjack Tuna is most often sold as canned light tuna.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Trolling small live baits or little lures (such as feathers jigs, shiny spoons, or plastic squids) is effective for Skipjack Tuna.

Some anglers prefer light casting tackle with lures.
Typical Sizes Caught
Skipjack Tuna are commonly caught in the range of 7 to 22 pounds by anglers.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Skipjack Tuna are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award, but a large specimen may qualify for an “Unusual Species” award.
Delaware State Record
Skipjack Tuna are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.