Port to Port longtail tuna recapture

The tagged longtail prior to release. Image: Patrick Linehan

A LONGTAIL tuna tagged and released off the rocks has been recaptured.

Well known guide and Fishing World writer Paul Lennon recaptured the fish at Port Stephens on 15 April. The longtail measured in at 122cm (total length) and an estimated 12-13kg.

A quick search of the NSW DPI Game Fish Tagging Program database revealed that the fish was tagged only one month earlier at Port Macquarie. The longtail was caught spinning off the rocks before being tagged and released by angler Patrick Linehan, who estimated the fish at 100cm (fork length) and an estimated 10kg. The “longy” spent only 30 days at liberty and was caught more than 90 nautical miles (~160km) from its original release location, highlighting the fast moving nature of the species.

The recaptured longtail was caught at Port Stephens. Image: Paul Lennon (Fish Port Stephens Estuary Charters).

NSW DPI says recaptures play a vital role in further understanding game fish movements.

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