Dogtooth tuna fishing

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.

Dogtooth tuna fishing

Top Dogtooth tuna Fishing destinations

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.

How to fish for Dogtooth tuna

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.

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Best Dogtooth tuna Fishing Charters

La Robinson

4 43,00 ft

Robinson Crusoe Island, (CHL)

From $ 3190
Deposit non-refundable

Katai

4 43,00 ft

Robinson Crusoe Island, (CHL)

From $ 3190
Deposit non-refundable

Emeraude III

5 32,81 ft

Antsiranana, Madagascar (MG)

From $ 905
Deposit non-refundable

Manou1

5 36,09 ft

Madirokely, Madagascar (MG)

From $ 737
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Kikao

4 26,25 ft

Andilana, Madagascar (MG)

From $ 284
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

REEL TIME

4 24,00 ft

Paje Beach, Zanzibar (TZ)

From $ 300
Deposit non-refundable

Emeraude II

5 32,81 ft

Antsiranana, Madagascar (MG)

From $ 905
Deposit non-refundable

Black Ops Business

6 36,00 ft

Cairns Port, Queensland (AUS)

From $ 1573
Deposit non-refundable

Baloo

6 38,00 ft

Kendwa, Zanzibar (TZ)

From $ 750
Deposit non-refundable