Medium sized member of the Tuna family, great fun to catch and not bad on the table
How To Identify:
Medium sized Tuna with a taping type tail section - hence its common name - longtail. The back can be dark blue or black, belly and lower sides are a silvery-white. Common around the 10kg mark however can grow as large as nearly 40kgs
How To Catch:
A popular species (an very exciting) to catch from rock ledges and estuary mouths by land based fisherman using a good berly trail and live baits. Longtails like other Tunas respond well to a good consistent berly trail. They will also readily take fast trolled lures such as skirts, feathers, minnows and metal slugs. A great way to chase is to find a school feeding on baitfish and cast small metal slugs to - matching the slug size to the size of the baitfish.
Found in coastal water and offshore islands around Australia, usually found around bait schools from about Victoria around the north of Australia to lower WA.