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Fish Profiles

Kingfish – Yellow tail

Description:

Also known as Bandit, hoodlum and king. The Kingfish is a very popular sports fish. It is an attractive looking fish whose colouration varies from a blue/purple colour. It has a distinct band of yellow separating this from its white under body. It has a predominant yellow forked tail.

Size:

A large fish which weighs in at an average of 4 to 10kg. The Kingfish has been known to exceed 50kg or more.

Where:

The yellowtail Kingfish is found from south Queensland to Western Australia, and also down as far as Tasmania. Found both offshore and inshore, around jetties, pylons and rocky reefs.

How:

Kingfish can be caught by trolling, lure and fly fishing and with bait. Most often caught offshore by anglers with hand lines or rod and lines.