Paje Beach, Zanzibar (TZ)
Dogtooth tuna (Gymnosarda unicolor), also referred to as Doggies or white tuna, is probably one of the most sought after species for sportfishermen, being jigging and spinning the preferred fishing techniques. Apart from braking your back, landing one of these brutal fighting machines is arguably an unforgettable experience.
Doggies live in tropical waters of the Indian Ocean from northern Australia, Polynesia and Vanuatu to Japan, and from the Maladives, the Red Sea to Madagascar.
They can grow as large as 250cm (8 feet) and can weigh a whopping 130kg.
Distributed throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, dogtooth tuna live along deeper reefs, offshore atolls and large embayments. The best dogtooth tuna fishing destinations are Sudan in the Red Sea, the Maldives, Seychelles (Farquhar Atoll), Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Polynesia, Vanuatu, Japan and New South Wales in Australia.
Dogtooth tuna are caught jigging, trolling and with live bait. As they use to swim in deep waters, close to drop offs and plateaus off shore, vertical jigging has become very popular. Jigs of 200 - 300 gr are dropped down with a 80lb leader.
Good live bait are bonito or rainbow runner, rigged with a circle hook. Rarely they're caught trolling artificial lures.