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~ 45 Lbs 4 oz. Caught at Flathead
Bank, Mexico on Nov. 16, 1996 by angler Brian Evans
~ Katsuwonus Pelamis
~ Skipjack, arctic bonito, Atlantic bonito, banjo, bonito, lesser tunny,
mushmouth, ocean bonito, oceanic skipjack, skipper, skippy, stripe
bellied bonito, striped bellied tunny, striped bonito, striped tunny,
victor fish, watermelon, and white bonito, Aku
~ The Skipjack Tuna is dark
blue or purple along the back, while the belly and lower sides are
silvery and have 4 to 6 dark but broken lines running the length of the
body. Like other tunas, the skipjack tuna has a fusiform (football
shaped, tapered at both ends) body shape. It has two dorsal fins: the
first with spines, the second without. There is a single row of small,
conical teeth in the mouth.
~ The angler caught Skipjack Tuna commonly has a weight of between 5 and
22 pounds and measures 32 inches or less.
~ The Skipjack Tuna is found worldwide in tropical and subtropical
waters in the 58 F to 86 F range.
The skipjack Tuna is usually found near the surface during the day but
is believed to descend to depths of up to 850 feet at night. The
Skipjack Tuna can often be found in large schools under large drifting
~ The diet of the Skipjack
Tuna consists of bait fish near the surface such as herring, mackerel,
bonito, and lanternfish. It also feeds on crustaceans, shrimp, and
squid. Feeding seems to mostly occur at dawn and dusk.