Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Maximum: 40 inches
Common: 16 to 28 inches
Current IGFA all tackle record 41 pounds 14 ounces

Distribution and Behavior

An oceanic species, found worldwide in tropical and subtropical waters. Skipjack are common throughout the tropical Atlantic, and can be found as far north as Massachusetts in summer, and as far south as Brazil. Often schools with blackfin in the western Atlantic, with school size reaching 50,000 individuals.

Skipjack tuna reach sexual maturity at about 18 to 20 inches in length. Spawning occurs in spurts throughout the year in tropical waters, and from spring to early fall in subtropical waters with the spawning season becoming shorter with increased distance from the equator.