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Best Places in the World to Fish for Tuna [PICS]

Go catch your biggest fish yet at one of these best places in the world to fish for tuna.

No matter if you want to fish for tuna in the U.S. or out of it, there are tuna to be caught all around the world.

Nova Scotia, Canada

Nova Scotia
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Nova Scotia is the place to fish for tuna when size is on your mind. Right off the eastern coast, bluefin can be found in the plenty. The water is no more than 200 feet deep in this area of water.

The long fishing season attracts anglers all year round, although to land the largest bluefin, late summer into early fall is the best time of year.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is one of the best places in the world to fish for tuna because yellowfin tuna can be found in its waters throughout the year. The largest yellowfin caught here was 368 pounds by the most common tuna fishing technique: trolling with live skipjack tuna.

During the months of August to December, a southern current pushes warm water towards Puerto Vallarta filling the waters with bait fish which lures in giant yellowfins, making this time of year the best time to fish for tuna.

Canary Islands, Spain

The Canary Islands are great for fishing all together, tuna or any other species of fish. What makes it a great spot to fish for tuna is the migration period. Tuna pass through these waters during their own migration. The current world record bigeye tuna was caught on Gran Canaria Island and weighed 390 pounds.

The best months to fish for tuna here are April and May although you can find tuna here throughout the summer. Bluefin tuna usually show up in the waters in early March. Bigeye tuna follow suit and stay all summer long, unlike the bluefin. By July, the yellowfin tuna has joined the party and will also stay most of the summer.

San Diego, California

San Diego
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San Diego was once known as the “Tuna Capital of the World” because it is the only place in the world with such a high tuna population in the waters. A captain who operates a charter boat in San Diego states he can bring back anywhere from 5 to 15 tuna during one single trip.

The season lasts from early November to late May.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Off the coat of North Carolina into the Atlantic Ocean, bluefin tuna feed on shallow waters of around 120 feet deep. The average weight of the tuna caught here is between 350 and 400 pounds and it seems each year, the fish get bigger.

The best time to catch your trophy tuna is December to April.

Kona, Hawaii

Kona is first known for its blue marlin populations, but second best known for its tuna population. The waters are occupied year-round with yellowfin and bigeye tuna.

Although the tuna live in theses waters year-round, peak season is May to September for yellowfin and October to April for bigeye.

The great thing about fishing for tuna is you can do it all around the world. You can stay in the United States or venture out into other countries. Either way, you will be living your dream fishing, and catching, some of the biggest tunas out there.


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Best Places in the World to Fish for Tuna [PICS]