Southern Bluefin Tuna | Thunnus maccoyii

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Common Name: Southern Bluefin Tuna
Species Name: Thunnus maccoyii

The Southern Bluefin Tuna is also known as Bluefin, Tuna, SBT, and Tunny. The Southern Bluefins body colour is generally dark blue to blue black on the upper back and flanks progressing down the body to a silvery or whitish belly area. The Southern Bluefins pectoral fins are small considering the body size this is also a way distinguish between other tuna including the Yellowfin Tuna. The caudal keels are golden yellow on juvenile fish and becoming blackish on adult fish. The Southern Bluefin can grow to over 200kg and more than 2 meters in length although it is commonly caught up to 100kg.

New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia

Medium to Heavy Tackle

Skirted Lures, Hexheads, Knuckleheads, Konaheads and Large Minnows

Slimy Mackerel, Yellowtail, Pilchards, Squid, Fish Cubes, Yellowtail and Nannygai

Southern Bluefin Tuna Size and Bag Limits

Please Note: Bag limits, minimum and maximum lengths are subject to change and review by your State Fisheries Department.


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