In Hawaii and around a large potion of the Pacific, they’re known simply as ahi.
East coasters refer to them as yellowfin, while French and Portuguese anglers often called albacore. You can agree or disagree on what we call these large and powerful pelages, but if you have ever had the wonderful opportunity to catch or see these
fish in the wild you’d agree that they are spectacular species. One of the largest tuna species, reaching over 400 pounds, they’re found in the worldwide in both tropical and subtropical waters.
Commercial fisheries catch these fish with purse seines, loglines and, even, in a few cases, pole and line is used around the Maldives, Ghana and by a small number of vessels fishing out of the Canary Islands in the far east Atlantic. Over the past generation purse seine nets have caught the majority of the world’s commercial yellowfin tuna catch. This type of fishing has been very controversial because of its potential by-catch of marine mammals such as bottlenose dolphin, spinner dolphin and other porpoises.
Around the world yellowfin are also a very valuable recreational catch. Not only are they delicious raw or cooked, but many anglers believe that large yellowfin tuna are, pound for pound, the fastest and strongest of all big game tunas. Large and accommodating “long range” charter boats in the Southern California fish in U.S. and Mexican waters, taking thousands of recreational anglers searching for yellowfin tuna and other pelages each year.