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False Albacore Fishing

The false albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus) goes by many names—little tunny, fat albert, bonito, spotted bonito—but whatever anglers call it, the species is prized for its blistering runs and sheer power.

Although they are classified as a pelagic, or open-water, fish and travel in very large schools, false albacore prefer relatively warm water and spend much of their lives in near-shore and inshore waters, making them more available to anglers, especially in autumn. They can often be found False Albacore Fishing wherever bait fish congregate in inlets, around jetties, and sandbars.

Sarasota waters are typically warm, especially when this species of tuna is thickest–May through Mid-September. The fish aren’t typically finicky, but they are ambush eaters and can hit hard- So some tackle consideration is key. We hope you choose us to make your False Albacore Fishing trip a trip of a lifetime.

False Albacore fishing in sarasota

During Spring in Sarasota False Albacore are running off the beaches in schools by the thousands.

About False Albacore

Commonly called false albacore or little tuna (Euthynnus alletteratus), it resembles the Atlantic bonito, skipjack tuna, and species of mackerel. The little tunny feeds primarily on pelagic fish. It is best identified by the dark spots appearing between its pectoral and ventral fins and “worm-like” markings on its back.

Bony fish, Marlins, sea birds, sharks, and rays prey on the little tunny. Other tunas, including conspecifics and yellowfin tuna (Thynnus albacares) are predators of the little tunny. Fish such as the dolphin fish (Coryphaena hippurus), wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri), Atlantic sailfish (Istiophorus albicans), swordfish (Xiphias gladius), and various sharks as well as other large marine carnivores all prey on the little tunny. Among those sharks is the whale shark, who feeds on the little tunny’s recently spawned eggs. Seabirds prey on small little tunny.

The false albacore is a strong and lightning-fast member of the tuna family that has been discovered by the saltwater fly-fishing world as one of the most challenging species to target. These fish are so fast and so strong for their weight that they are known to break fishermen’s hearts along with their expensive fly rods.

As a False Albacore Sarasota fishing guide, Rob understands that a day on the water means stalking the trophy fish of your dreams. Rob will work hard to make sure you have a fun filled day on the water and your time is not wasted.

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