False Albacore

The False Albacore is small in body size compared to other tuna species.

On its back, the False Albacore has a steel blue coloration with dark wavy lines. It has a white belly.

False Albacore Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
Season Open Year-Round
Size Limit No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person No Limit
Delaware Range Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters Common
General Habitat and Food Preferences Generally, False Albacore are an oceanic species occurring in large schools.

They feed primarily on small fishes, shrimps, and squids.
Did You Know? False Albacore is the most common tuna in the Atlantic Ocean.

False Albacore (little tuny) are sometimes called "Fat Albert's".
Common Lures and Baits Fishermen targeting False Albacore often troll or cast lures. When trolling, fishermen often use small lures dressed with colored feathers. Popular lures include feathered jigs, shiny spoons, and brightly-colored metal lures that can be casted far and retrieved quickly that imitate small baitfish.
Typical Sizes Caught False Albacore are commonly caught in the range of 5 to 11 pounds by anglers.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Live Release Award
Adult: 26 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 24 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 12 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 9 pounds minimum
Delaware State Record 26 pounds 7 ounces
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