Tuna Fishing Clearwater, Tampa, St. Pete, FL

When fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, you’re almost certain to run across a school of Tuna.  With several different species variations, the Tuna can be found at almost every depth and in almost every environment. 

Bigeye Tuna Fishing
Bigeye Tuna

Bluefin Tuna Fishing
Bluefin Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna Fishing
Yellowfin Tuna

Every species of Tuna shares the same amazing biological characteristics.  While most fish are considered cold-blooded, meaning their body temperature is reflective of the surrounding water temperature, the Tuna is able to control its body heat.

This makes the Tuna an impressive predator and swimmer.  Most fish swim sluggishly during colder winter months, but the Tuna’s impressive circulatory system allows it to retain and release energy as needed and to swim quickly even in the coldest waters.  This mechanism is so powerful that a Tuna can keep its body temperature over fifty degrees warmer than the water around it. 

In addition to its metabolic characteristics, this fish is capable of maintaining speeds up to 28 mph over long distances.  The gills of this specimen are 30 times larger than those of any other fish, and because it cannot flare its gills to run water over them and draw out oxygen, the Tuna must swim at a rate of no less than 26 in. per second or suffocate. This type of respiratory system is known as “obligate ram ventilation.”

All these factors make Tuna an impressive catch to reel on deck, and the charter captains at Monster Charters are seasoned professionals, who are pleased to help you catch a Tuna and a story that’s not just a fish tale.    

Whether you’re looking for an exciting fishing charter during the summer or winter, Tuna remains an impressive sport fish year round. 

Contact Monster Charters to reserve an excursion perfect for hooking a Tuna.