Published On: Mon, Jan 12th, 2015

Yellowtail Kingfish caught at the mouth of Canterbury’s Waimakariri River

Yellowtail kingfish from the Waimakarii River mouth. Photo courtesy of Keith Gallagher.

Yellowtail kingfish from the Waimakarii River mouth. Photo courtesy of Keith Gallagher.

Kingfish

Although we are unsure about the identity of the angler one thing is certain; he is a very good fisherman. He landed this big yellowtail kingfish on salmon/kahawai gear whilst fishing at the mouth of Canterbury’s Waimakariri river on 6th January 2012.

The big kingi was taken on 20 lb monofilament line and a little 28 gram zed spinner.

The kahawai are chasing baitfish including sprats and silveries, while the kingfish are chasing the kahawai. All a case of eat or be eaten.

There have been large numbers of kahawai off the Canterbury river-mouths this summer. I haven’t seen them in these numbers for some years. Kahawai are a great fish to target on light line being such powerful acrobatic fighters.

Though a few kingfish are caught on rod and reel each year in Canterbury; it is very unusual for one to be taken at a rivermouth by an angler spin fishing for kahawai or salmon.

Congratulations to the angler. He is now a member of an elete group of anglers having caught a yellowtail kingfish at the Waimakariri River mouth on light gear.

Kahawai anglers at the Waimakariri River mouth. There must be more yellowtail kingfish out there somewhere! A few Canterbury anglers are now targeting them at this location.

Kahawai anglers at the Waimakariri River mouth. There must be more yellowtail kingfish out there somewhere! A few Canterbury anglers are now targeting them at this location.

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