Yellowtail Kingfish

Seriola lalandi

We make a speciality of catching the world class yellowtail that inhabit the reefs of the East Cape.

My guarantee to you is that if I take you out to catch yellowtail and you don't catch one I will give you the next fishing day


Capt Bert Lee Email:

maximum strain on a big kingfish

Whenever fisherman argue the merits of fighting fish, the yellowtail is never far from the top of the list, with most conceding that on a pound-for-pound basis, they are one of the toughest fighters in the sea. This is reinforced by a look at the record books. World record line weight ratios for black marlin catches, range from 11 to 1 to over 55 to 1 while for yellowtail, anything over 6.5 to 1 will, with one exception, gain you a world record.

Jim Tai with a big kingfish

Of the three sub species of yellowtail: the Californian (Seriola lalandei dorsalis), the Asian (S lalandei aureovittata) and the Southern (S lalandei lalandei). It is without a doubt the southern, which grows to the largest size, of the five populations which occur in the temperate waters of the southern hemisphere, from South Africa to Australia, New Zealand is the acknowledged home of the worlds largest yellowtail.

It is yellowtail, known locally as kingfish or kingies which are a potent and dominant force in the light to middle weight tackle game fishing scene on the East Coast.

A check of the IGFA yearbook shows that 17 of the 20 recognised line class world records, plus 4 saltwater fly records, including the two 52kg (114pounds 10 ounce) monsters which jointly hold the all tackle record, were taken in New Zealand waters. The potential for record catches is high and skippers agree, it is only a matter of time before the 55kg (120 pound) mark is bettered.
Murray Turney with a kingfish
Kingies are available year round in the northern and eastern half of the North Island, extending their range to the top of the South Island in summer months. They are extremely versatile, occupying an extensive range of habitat from inshore bays, estuaries and shallow reef areas, to off shore islands and out to the edge of the continental shelf. Tag returns have shown that they also navigate the Tasman Sea to Australia.

I look forward to skippering for you should you wish to try your skill...

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