The Skipjack Tuna is normally found at all depths of the water column. For their size they put up a horrific fight on light tackle. Skipjack Tuna are caught as a game fish and often is released because the meat is dark and not appealing to many people.
We generally do not catch any skipjack Tuna while NJ Tuna fishing. It is one of the most rare yet feisty members of the tuna family.
It is characterized by its tuna-like appearance that is dark blue on its back and silver on its flank and belly. It has a series of four to six horizontal-diagonal stripes along its upper sides, and no spots between the pelvic and pectoral fins. The Skipjack Tuna is a coastal pelagic schooling species that is found near offshore reefs.
Here is some information for those of you interested in scientific terms and additional details:
Family: Scombridae (Mackerels and Tunas)
Genus and Species: Katsuwonus pelamis
Description: The Skipjack Tuna might be confused with the Black Skipjack, Eurhynnus lineatus (which has 5 to 6 horizontal stripes along its upper sides but has distinguishing black spots or botches between its pelvic and pectoral fins); the Striped Bonito, Sarda orientalis (8 to 11 broken horizontal stripes along its sides, and no spots), and the Eastern Pacific Bonito, Sarda chilensis (five to six oblique dark stripes on upper back and no spots).