Yellowtail Kingfish are also known as Kingie, Yellowtail, Tasmanian Yellowtail, Californian Yellowtail Hoodlum, Bandit, Southern Yellowtail, Kahu, Amberjack or Great Amberjack. Yellowtail Kingfish are often wrongly identified as Amberjack. The species are two separate fish.
It is important to know that even though the common names may overlap, the Amberjack is a separate species (Seriola dumerili).
HOW TO IDENTIFY KINGFISH, YELLOWTAIL
Yellowtail Kingfish are an extremely powerful looking fish with a deeply forked tail. The lower part of the body is white while the upper part may range from blue to purple. An obvious yellow band separates the upper and lower body colouring. The the colourings makes sense as it will be harder to see from above or below. What's interesting is the band of yellow provides the fish with counter-shadowing and making it harder to see from the side now, as well as well as blending view from below at night or from above during the day.
While these fish can reach a massive 2m and 50kg, it is more common to encounter a fish weighing around 20kg - and that is considered a very impressive fish. The tail is bright yellow, hence the name, Yellowtail Kingfish.
WHERE TO CATCH KINGFISH, YELLOWTAIL
Yellowtail Kingfish are found off the coast of Shark Bay in Western Australia all throughout Australia’s southern waters around to off the coast of central Queensland. Most fish have been caught north of Shark Bay in Western Australia to south of Broome, alternatively, off the coast of the full length of the New South Wales Border.
As pelagic schooling fish, they're found in small to large numbers in around rocky reefs next to sandy bottoms in coastal regions, and normally inhabit depths of between 50-200m. Obviously, the larger fish are found around deep reefs and offshore islands and the juveniles school.
HOW TO CATCH KINGFISH, YELLOWTAIL
Yellowtail Kingfish are an excellent fighting fish. You will need quality gear if you are going to catch a Yellowtail. Yellowtail Kingfish move fast and often run to the nearest structure. They are taken well on a variety of soft plastics and minnow lures as well as metal lures. They take well to whole and cut fish baits but live baits tend to work best.
Yellowtail Kingfish are not considered the best eating fish, particularly the larger fish, which often contain worms.