>
 
> FishingBoating-World.com
 
 
News Home Newsletters Powerboat-World Australian Cruising World Cruising MarineBusiness-World Animated Knots Video Gallery
MarineBusiness-World Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Tasmanian Yellowtail Kingfish
Tasmanian Yellowtail Kingfish


'Waterhouse Island is a prime Kingfish location'    Carl Hyland - copyright    Click Here to view large photo

One of the most sought after pelagic fish in Tasmania during summer months would have to be the Yellowtail Kingfish.

Known for its fighting prowess plus its toothsome qualities, this fish rates up there with tuna and other game fish species.


This species is most commonly called kingfish, yellowtail kingfish, yellow-tailed kingfish, yellowtail, king, kingy or 'kingi'. Colloquial titles include 'hoodlum' and 'bandit', while smaller specimens are often nicknamed 'rats' or nor' headers. Some confusion exists between the kingfish and two of its near relatives; the amberjack and the Samson fish, while an unrelated species, the cobia (Rachycentron canadus) is also commonly called black kingfish.

It is also known as yellowtail (Qld, SA, Tas.), kingie, Tasmanian yellowtail (Tas.); kingfish, southern yellowtail
During warmer summer months and more into the month of February/March and when water temperatures often get to 24C , this fish regularly visits Tasmanian shores and of later years has even been showing up in warmer waters in Southern areas of the state. What this means is that more and more recreational anglers are being exposed to fish that they would not normally encounter and this can make for exciting times.

Dicky with a fine brace of North East Kingfish -  Carl Hyland - copyright   Click Here to view large photo

So I suppose the mention by the scientific community that species not normally caught in temperate waters will move south is proving true.

Jack with a Tamar River Kingfish -  Carl Hyland - copyright  

Bait is a favoured method used to tackle Kingfish in Tassie and baits such as slimy Mackerel and smaller salmon are often fished under floats to get the job done. Live baits are even better and small mullet or pretty fish will often get anglers amongst fish.

Quite often large schools of Kingfish are encountered alongside vast schools of Australian salmon in and around estuaries, particularly in the North of the state and thinking anglers sometimes use chopped up bait such as the afore mentioned species or pilchards which are thrown into the water amongst schooling fish in a bid to ‘turn on’ the kingfish. Jigging under these salmon schools will often result in huge fish being hooked.

Once in attack mode, Kingfish are readily caught and the trick is to hold them at the back of a boat or in tidal rips. Sometimes’ tethering’ a single specimen will induce others to hang around, making it easier to catch a few.

A southern Kingfish -  Carl Hyland - copyright   Click Here to view large photo

LOCATIONS;
In Tassie, rocky outcrops or beacons in estuaries seem to appear as fish magnets to Kingfish. I’ve even had reports of schools of Kingfish massing under a mat of floating weed offshore at Tasman Island in the south. So it would seem that these fish like structures. People target them with limited success in and around boat moorings an tend to get good hook-ups, but as most of us are aware Kings can be dirty fighters in that they when hooked, will often head for the nearest object in a bid to try and dislodge any object they are entangled with and this includes fish hooks.

Lures.
Skirts are good attractants. -  Carl Hyland - copyright   Click Here to view large photo

Basically, any lure with colour or flash attractant will catch Kingfish. The range of lures from Halco is as good as any and will often out fish all other lures. Tuna skirts mainly in hot pink or green/yellow combinations will also induce strikes or bites when other lures won’t get a look-in. I am told that a fast troll is required to excite Kings at locations along the North East, speeds of up to 10 knots are not uncommon and the results speak for themselves.

Halco lures -  Carl Hyland - copyright  

I have found a garfish, beakie rigged and sometimes with a white octopus skirt on its nose will often bring the Kings on the run, again when they are not in switched on mode.

Baits such as slimy mackerel and salmon are good. -  Carl Hyland - copyright  


by Carl Hyland

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.fishingboating-world.com/index.cfm?nid=114632

2:08 AM Wed 18 Sep 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







FishingBoating-World





Pontoon Boats are a hit with families and entertainers by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
















Glacier Bay returns to Australia, re-launching at SCIBS by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
















Power to the people at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,






























Humpback Whales - Non Lethal research
VRFish works with fishers on Corio Bay conflict
Changed boating conditions for ski race on Clarence River
VRFish calls for action on Anglesea River
Submit your entry to the BoatUS Angler 'Catch of the Month' contest
Channel 7 stage returns to Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show - this weekend!
Coastal infrastructure and species loss - Climate Change consequences *Feature
rescueME PLB1 – safety assured in one compact, light package *Feature
Japan's Antarctic whaling program harpooned
All Marine Spares hits the boat show trail in a trailer *Feature
Macquarie perch stocked into three northern Victorian waters
Local council celebrates commitment to protect the Great Barrier Reef
Go crazy about whales in a special family fun day at the museum
New generation trawler boats - tradition with a twist
Arvor releases new Sportsfish range
AIMEX focuses on commercial show in Asia
Further Australian growth for Stabicraft
Southport Yacht Club will host a free 'Discover Sailing Day'
Melbourne Boat Show earlier this year - 12 to 16 June
FinScan digital switching fitted to new rescue vessels   
Kids' Zone a drawcard at Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show   
Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle welcomes Engel as stage sponsor   
BIAV appoints new GM   
Jet stream gets fish in hot water   
Trash to Treasure - A seafood story   
Big waves shown to be energetically costly for fish   
Fisherman nabbed for illegal fishing at Point Lonsdale   
Maritime Alert - Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters   
World Recreational Fishing Conference - First call for papers open   
12 weeks til Melbourne Boat Show   
First deadline for SCIBS exhibitors looms March 24   
Fishing for Culture - A celebration of fishing in culture   
Improving fish habitat by building a fishing line recycling bin +Video   
Greater numbers of catchable King George whiting in the years to come   
Paul Burt, boating guru, is the face of Sanctuary Cove Boat Show   
Marine Industry loses a loyal servant: Vale Gunter Bruckner   
Positive pass mark for new venue   
Couran Cove signs lease deal with Hope Island Marina   
Phones outpace PCs and TV as preferred device   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS FBW