Tuna might just be one of the most common types of fish people consume. Great for salads, sandwiches, and even sushi, these fish are incredibly abundant off the shores of South Florida. While these fish are tasty, they can provide an exciting Miami deep sea fishing adventure due to their speed (close to 40 miles per hour!) and surprising power for such a small fish.
Most of the time, tuna fishing can be done with kites or a troll. The most common types of tuna in Miami are the yellowfin, blackfin, and bluefin tuna.
Before you head out to catch some tuna while Miami fishing be aware of current regulations.
When fishing for tuna managed as a Highly Migratory Species (HMS), you must have a federal HMS Angling Permit in state and federal waters. HMS travel long distances and are monitored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which help enforce permits for commercial and recreational fishing and catch limits.
Since the start of 2021, the bluefin tuna daily retention limit is limited to one school, large school, or small school, applicable to both HMS angling category-permitted vessels and HMS Charter/Headboats. Angling vessels and Charter/Headboats can catch up to one bluefin tuna measuring 73" or more per vessel per year in all trophy areas.
The limit for recreational yellowfin tuna is three per person per day or trip. The smallest size of both yellowfin and bigeye tuna is 27". There are currently no recreational limits for bigeye, skipjack, or albacore tuna.