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Catching Yellowfin Tuna in Punta Cana

Catching Yellowfin Tuna in Punta Cana

Catching Yellowfin Tuna in Punta Cana

Thunnus Albacares or Yellowfin Tuna is one of the coolest fish to catch, in my opinion. They’re unbelievably strong, put up a great fight and are exceptionally delicious to eat – both raw as sushi or sashimi or slightly grilled/seared.

General description:

After doing a bit of research online, we discovered that the Yellowfin Tuna lives in tropical and subtropical oceans around the world and is among the larger tuna species, growing up to 400 pounds / 180 kg. However, they don’t match up with e.g. the Bluefin Tuna that can reach more than 1,000 pounds / 450 kg! Allegedly, the 2012 record was a 427 pounds Yellowfin that some lucki fishermen caught in California.

The Yellowfin lives about 6 or 7 years and matures around the ages of 2-3. The female in the Caribbean spawns from July – November, every 3 days and can release between 1 and 4 million eggs during this season.

The name comes from the large second dorsal fins, anal fins and small finlets that have a bright yellow color. The rest of the body has different colors. The top of the fish is dark blue, the middle part is yellow and gold and the bottom (the belly) is silver colored.

Its body is shaped like a torpedo – built for speed and an incredibly strong and fast swimmer that can reach speeds of up to 50 mph.

Habitat:

The Yellowfin travels in schools, which may include other species of tuna – all of them more or less similar size. The Yellowfin is at the top of the food chain, feeding on other fish (e.g. flying fish and mackerel), crustaceans and squid and in return, other fish such as wahoo or marlins as well as sharks feed on the Yellowfins.

You’ll most likely find the Yellowfin Tuna in the warm surface waters in depths of less than 200 meters / 650 feet. The tuna is usually found in depths of approximately 100 meters / 330 feet, offshore and likes to hang around drifting wood or pallets and it may even follow moving vessels.

Fishing for Yellowfin Tuna:

We don’t catch tuna very often, but we were lucky enough to catch a beautiful Yellowfin Tuna on one of our recent fishing trips out of Punta Cana (actually, it was my first). It was a rather small tuna that only weighed about 18 kg / 40 pounds. We sliced a piece of it right away to eat as a very fresh sashimi and the rest went on the BBQ for a fantastic dinner that very same evening.

If you want to go fishing and try to catch a Yellowfin Tuna, you can send me an email anytime at ab@grouppalmera.com

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Huge Barracuda caught on Marlin Chaser on June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013

Huge Barracuda caught on Marlin Chaser

 

After a morning of inshore fishing on Marlin Chaser where we caught several Snappers, Jacks and Yellow Tails, we dropped the clients of at the beach restaurant in Juanillo Beach in Cap Cana, for them to prepare the fresh caught fish for lunch for the clients.

 

After dropping the clients of, we hit the gas to get back to the marina. But as we are cruising over the shallow in front of Juanillo beach, we passed a huge Barracuda. I was so irritated that I didn’ have a bait ready, but sometimes things happen out of the blue.

 

Less then 2 min later I spotted another BIG dark shadow moving in the shallows. I called out to Capt. Pico to slow the boat down and I jumped down from the fly bridge. I reached for the first rod I could see and hooked on a hook on a metal leader. I grabbed a small Jack from the livewell, and put the hook through it’s back. I casted the bait about 10 feet in front of the Barracuda, and with in seconds I was fighting the MONSTER.

After about 10 min of fight, we landed the huge Barracuda.

The monster weighed in at 31lb (15kg), and was over 4 feet long.

 

I hope you enjoyed the video’s of the fight.

 

To book your next fishing charter in the Dominican Republic, please contact:

Capt. Anders Bogebjerg

809 780 6575

E-mail ab@grouppalmera.com

Or go to www.palmerafishing.com

 

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Inshore Fishing June 23, 2013 on Marlin Chaser

June 23, 2013 

Inshore fishing on Marlin Chaser

Michael (Mike) A Siemer, Owner of Marlin Chaser is in town for the week, and we went fishing today.

The ocean has been rough for a few weeks, which kept us inshore today, which is such a new experience for Mike.

We started the day fishing the inside of the reef and the different reef banks in front of Puntacana Resort. We landed several small Snappers, Jacks, Yellow Tails and Groupers.

Anders with a Grouper

Mike has always loved Snook fishing, which he has done a lot of in Florida, but he has never really landed a big Ocean Snook. We have told him about the Snook fishing here in Punta Cana, and he didn’t really believe us….. boy did we prove him wrong.

We got some small live bait, and started fishing. After about 10 min we hooked onto a BIG Snook.

Mike started fighting the Snook, and after about 5-10 min, the Snook made it into the shallow water by the rocks, and broke the line on one of the rocks.

After having seen the Snook, we estimate the Snook to be 30-40 pounds.

We continued fishing, and Pico (Captain of Marlin Chaser), hooked on to a NICE Jack, which he was fighting for several min.

At the same time as Pico is fighting this Jack on one side of the boat, Mike starts casting on the other side of the boat, and all of a sudden we hear the line screaming of his reel.

Snook on……

The battle begins, and the Snook is trying to get into the rocks where we lost the earlier fish. Mike, being the experienced fisherman he is, keeps fighting the fish, and steers it out of the rocks, and a few min later, the Snook is safely landed on the boat. A nice 10 pound Snook, who we will invite for dinner.

This was the culmination of a great inshore fishing day in Punta Cana.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures and the video’s.

To book your next fishing charter in the Dominican Republic, please contact:

Capt. Anders Bogebjerg

809 780 6575

E-mail ab@grouppalmera.com

Or go to www.palmerafishing.com

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Inshore Fishing on Marlin Chaser – June 9th 2013

A great day of inshore fishing in Puntacana on Marlin Chaser.

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