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TUNA

As Madeiras warm blue waters metamorphose to a cooler green the fishing also undergoes a transformation. The marlin gradually leave, replaced by vast shoals of big-eye tuna, bluefin tuna and albacore, these pursuing bait fish in the form of scad and mackerel. These pelagic migrants provide the angler with some truly world class tuna fishing from January to May.
 
Big-eye tuna of 250 lbs+ are regularly caught with fish in excess of 300 lbs being far from uncommon. The bluefin tuna have taken weights approaching 800 lbs but much larger dish are present and are by no means an unattainable or unrealistic target.

Albacore whilst not reaching  the weights of big-eye tuna or the bluefin tuna do provide the angler with worthwhile sport on lighter balanced tackle. Allied to this already superb fishing and an important factor in its future success is that pressure from commercial fishing vessels, so oftem the biggest single threat to any tuna fishery is relatively light. We firmly believe that when Madeiras full potential as a tuna fishery is finally realised it will have just as great an impact on the big-game fishing world as the Madeiran marlin fishery had when it opened up. You could be one of those anglers who helps pioneer this.

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